AAR4825 - Survey, Documentation and Analysis of Existing Buildings


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

The course offers an introduction to current theory, methods and practical techniques for surveying, documenting and analyzing existing buildings and built environments with respect to their physical and material properties, technical condition, history and cultural value. Further will the course include input on legal matters, planning and other relevant issues on the topic. The aim is to establish a basis for decision making in planning of interventions in existing buildings with focus on retaining their historic content and cultural values. The course is followed by and linked to the design course AAR4551 - Building conservation

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE: Conservation theory and cultural heritage valuation. Searching for, and use of relevant records and documents in public archives. Methods for survey and documentation of buildings with analogue and digital tools. Physical properties of building materials/physics, including decay processes and biodeterioration for assessments of technical condition. SKILLS: Systematic and interdisciplinary collecting of information in field work on case buildings. Documenting and assessing technical condition on a summary level. Ability to read buildings as historical documents, based on knowledge of their history and building archaeology. Ability to synthesize large amounts of detailed information into a comprehensive understanding and presentation of the prerequisits, qualities and use possibilities of a built environment. GENERAL COMPETENCE: A basic understanding of existing buildings as resources in a wide conception of the notion, and ability to identify values and potential qualities for use, as well as limitations. Ability to produce and convey a complex body of information in a concise written form. Cooperation in interdisciplinary groups.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is based on field studies of existing buildings or built environments, where instruction and guidance in the use of various methods is given on site. An exercise in searching for historic records and documents in public archives is included. Throughout the course, lectures and seminars will be given on topical themes and aspects. Excursions can be arranged as part of the teaching of the course. The course leader will inform the students if the excursion is obligatory or optional at the start of the semester. Obligatory excursions will be free of cost for all students. Students who participate in optional excursions must expect to pay a small share of the expenses. For students who do not participate in optional excursions, an alternative will be offered. The students will work in interdisciplinary groups, submitting a report that will form the basis for examination grades. The report must be delivered both printed and digitally. Each group is given the opportunity to present their work to the examiner. What is being considered is the submitted report. The oral presentation is not part of the assessment. Assessment guidelines will be prepared and posted on Blackboard shortly after submission. Mandatory activities: A report should be submitted as the result for the course. Participation in fieldwork is a prerequisite.

Compulsory assignments

  • Seminar and group work

Further on evaluation

The students are required to participate both in the field work and the report writing to be assessed for grading. Postponed exams are usually scheduled for the next regular exam period.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Cultural Heritage (MKULMI)
Facility Management (MEIENDOM)

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor in architecture or equivalent. The course is also offered to master students in Cultural Heritage Management. The course is based on a real situation where the students are working with collection of information from various oral and written sources. As most of the information will be in Norwegian, good knowledge in Norwegian/Nordic Language, both oral and written, is required.

Course materials

Announced at the start of the term.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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