Course syllabus

Kulturhistoriska byggnader, teori
Cultural Heritage Buildings, Theory

ABVN11, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2014-04-03

General Information

Compulsory for: MARK1-acd
Elective for: A4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is that each student shall acquire competence in rebuilding and/or adding to buildings, or in building new ones, in an already existing, sensitive built-up area. He or she shall also be able to discuss and analyze qualities in renewal; to become competent in preserving and renewing a culture-historical built-up area throuhghout the whole process.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

An architect’s restoration work requires careful preliminary study and great detail in planning, and in its designs it should avoid superficial trends and tendencies.


The course addresses buildings of culture-historic value. The course gives knowledge and understanding of design having to do with encounters between new and old architecture. The course also focuses on the function, design, material, administration and renewal of buildings, contemporary requirements for functions, technical equipment, design and access by physically-handicapped persons. It also examines relevant Swedish legislation, and Swedish demands for care in rebuilding, as well as rebuilding processes.

The course includes: preliminary investigations; modern methods of surveying and estimating damage; capacity analysis and culture-historical evaluation; reference studies; impact analyses and proposals for remedies; descriptions of buildings, current Swedish legislation on changes to existing buildings; and international codex' and organizations are studied.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: During the course, constant reference is made to individuals’ levels of knowledge: each gives a preliminary account of his or her work-in-process on a paper that is assessed. At the end of the course, each gives in words a final account of this project that the other students assess critically. Successfully to complete the course, a student must attend not less than eighty per cent of the lectures and study visits; actively take part in preliminary and final assessments; and gain approval for his or her paper.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: ABVN10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Mats Edström,
Course coordinator: Professor Kerstin Barup,
Course homepage:
Further information: This course is a theoretical deepening and compulsoury to "Cultural Heritage Buildings, -project" 18hp, but is also open to other qualified students.