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									                             Continuing Professional Development Programme
                             Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment

Architectural and Urban Conservation
Theory and Practice
This course is designed to introduce course participants to the history and theory of architectural and urban conservation and to
uncover the operation of those ideas in current conservation practice. The course aims to develop the participants’ knowledge of
the principles and methods of sound conservation practice. On completion of the course participants will be able to:
•         Understand the ideas underpinning architectural and urban conservation
•         Understand the relationship between these ideas and principles of practice that have developed (as expressed in national
          and international charters)
•         Recognise the expression of these ideas and principles in the legislation
•         Understand the relationship between ideas about architectural and urban conservation and the processes of identifying
          heritage resources and assessing their significance
•         Adopt these ideas and principles appropriately in practice
Course Content
The contents of the course will include:
•       an introduction to the history of the ideas and theories of architectural and urban conservation
•       an introduction to certain national and international charters
•       a grounding in the principles of conservation practice
•       an introduction to the South African legislation and the current administrative practices
•       an introduction to the research techniques and sources used in this multi-disciplinary practice
Course Lecturer(s)
The convenor and principal lecturer, Dr Stephen Townsend, graduated in architecture in Cape Town, completed a diploma in
conservation studies at the University of Rome (equivalent to a Masters degree) and a PhD at UCT (thesis title: Development
Rights and Conservation Constraints). He has worked as an architect; as an administrator of land use- and of conservation-related
regulations for nineteen years at the Cape Town City Council; as the CEO of Heritage Western Cape for a year and a half. He has
had many papers published and has presented frequently at local and international conferences; and he also been active in the
professional institutes of architecture and heritage practice. He is in private practice and teaches part-time at UCT’s School of
Architecture and Planning where he runs the M Phil in Conservation of the Built Environment programme. He was appointed
recently to the Heritage Western Cape Council and he now chairs its Built Environment and Landscape Committee (BEL Comm)
and serves on several of its other committees.
The lectures/seminars will be presented by specialists in those fields (see the attached programme).
Course Information
Who should attend?
The course will benefit all who are involved in conservation practice and heritage management and others involved or interested in
the regulation of development. This includes architects, planners, heritage practitioners of all disciplines (archaeologists, historians,
etc), heritage managers/administrators and NGO-activists. The course is widely applicable and designed to satisfy the multi-
disciplinary nature of conservation practice and heritage resource management.
The course will comprise twelve three-hour sessions, one each week. Most of the sessions will comprise a double lecture with time for
discussion of issues raised in the lectures or in the readings; there will be a group outing enabling an examination of past practice.
The fee for the 36-hour CPD course and exam will be R5900.00.
These fees include a comprehensive set of course notes and refreshments. Discounts for staff and students of UCT and students of
other tertiary education institutes are available under certain circumstances.
A certificate of attendance will be given to all course members who attend a minimum of ten of the twelve sessions. Alternatively, a
certificate of successful course completion will be issued to those participants who obtain a minimum of 50% in the optional
Seminar Room, New Chemical Engineering Building, University of Cape Town
Date and time
Weekly on Wednesdays: 5:00 to 8:00 pm, 16 March – 8 June 2011. There will be no lecture on the 27 April as it is a public holiday.
Optional Exam: 13 June
Applications and cancellations
In order to ensure a place on the course applicants should complete and return a signed application form to the course
administrators: Heidi Tait or Sandra Jemaar:
Confirmation of acceptance will be sent on receipt of an application form.
Applications open on 3 February 2011
Applications close on 14 March 2011
Cancellations must be received one week before the start of a course, or the full course fee will be charged

                      CPD Programme, Engineering Faculty, Menzies Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town
                                                     Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701
                   Tel: ++27 (0)21 6505793; Fax: ++27 (0)21 6502669; email:; web:
                            Continuing Professional Development Programme
                            Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment

Lecture Programme and Course Content
Wednesday 16 March: Session 1: Introduction
Double lecture, discussion. Lecturers: Townsend, Attwell
        Welcome and house-keeping
        Lecture on introduction to conservation; various sets of values; and to some of the principles of practice
        Discussion of readings relied on in the course
Wednesday 23 March: Session 2: Ideas and Theories I
Double lecture, discussion. Lecturer: Townsend
        Early and pre-modern ideas about restoration
        Repair/re-use; an a-historical traditional approach of “functional restoration”
        Reconstructions and recompositions: first, an archaeological approach or “classifying phase” and, second, the beginning of
         modern conservation after the French Revolution, the “consecration phase”
Wednesday 30 March: Session 3: Ideas and Theories II
Double lecture, discussion. Lecturer: Townsend
        Architectural restoration in the 19th century
        Historical restoration
        Stylistic restoration
Wednesday 6 April: Session 4: Ideas and Theories III
Double lecture, discussion. Lecturer: Townsend
        Conservation of the building as a document: the late-20th C orthodoxy
        National and international charters
Wednesday 13 April: Session 5: Ideas and Theories IV
Two lectures, discussion. Lecturers: Townsend
        Critical conservation and value-based heritage resource management: criticism in action
        Authenticity and significance: idea and practice
Wednesday 20 April: Session 6: Ideas and Practices in Urban Conservation
Two lectures. Lecturers: Townsend, Jacobs
        Early ideas and early town planning (from the end of the 19th C);
         urban conservation after WW II and conservation-lead planning; and urban conservation in Italy and in Britain
        Intentions and practices in urban conservation in SA today
Wednesday 4 May: Session 7: Ideas and Practices in Protecting the Cultural Landscape
Two lectures, discussion. Lecturers: Todeschini, Winter
        Ideas, intentions and practices in/of urban and rural conservation in SA
        Area research methodologies
Wednesday 11 May: Session 8: Group Site Visit to Groot Constantia
Group Leaders: Baumann; Townsend
The group will visit Groot Constantia to enable the examination of a concrete example architectural conservation practice
Wednesday 18 May: Session 9: The Laws of Heritage Resource Management and Conservation
Two lectures, discussion. Lecturers: Townsend, Deacon
        Heritage resource management law in South Africa
        How heritage resource management law relates to other law regulating development in SA
Wednesday 25 May: Session 10: The Administration of the Law in South Africa
Two lectures, discussion. Lecturers: Townsend; Lillie
        Administrative practices current in South Africa (SAHRA, the PHRAs and the local authorities)
Wednesday 1 June: Session 11: Practical Tools for Conservationists
Two lectures, discussion. Lecturers: Malan; Thorold
        Conservation-oriented research
        primary research; the use of secondary sources, archival research
        Measuring buildings; reading the building as a document
Wednesday 8 June: Session 12: Panel discussion
Panelists: Ms Melanie Attwell, Dr Nicolas Baumann, Dr Janette Deacon, Mr Graham Jacobs, Mr Ashley Lillie, Dr Antonia Malan,
Mr Trevor Thorold, Prof Fabio Todeschini, Dr Stephen Townsend
Monday 13 June: Examination
The examination is optional. Details will be confirmed in due course.

Note: This course is accredited with The Cape Institute for Architecture for 3.6 CPD points.
This course is accredited with the Engineering Council of South Africa for 3.6 CPD points.

                     CPD Programme, Engineering Faculty, Menzies Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town
                                                    Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701
                  Tel: ++27 (0)21 6505793; Fax: ++27 (0)21 6502669; email:; web:

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