AAR6647 - The International Course on Wood Conservation Technology


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

The curriculum is composed by following modules:

1. Introduction: Conservation Theory and Principles

2. Wood properties

3. Environment, climate and decay

4. Wooden structures

5. Conservation of wooden objects

6. Building surface treatment Workshops and site visits are integrated in each module.


Exam: A group assignment with oral presentation

Due to the covid 19 situation, the course in 2021 is a full digitalized version.

Learning outcome

The main objectives of the course are:

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge
  • analyse how and why the material properties of wood determine its processing and use
  • diagnose causes of deterioration of wooden structures and objects
  • Skills
  • prioritise the values and ethics associated with wooden structures and objects
  • Practical competence and proficiency
  • evaluate conservation options for damaged wooden structures and objects within the context of a range of historical and cultural practices

Learning methods and activities

The course is composed of six modules over ten weeks 

The platform used is Blackboard.

An estimated 10 hours of study per week was considered a realistic amount of study for participants in full-time employment.

The curriculum includes six distinct but interconnected units which are on-line (on Blackboard) with two truetime meetings every week .

The  lecturers are responsible for their subject and will take part in the true-time meetings for their subjects. The truetime meetings will be planned and sceduled due to the possibilities for students and lectures  from far east and far west to meet during daytime.

In 2021, due to the COVID 19 situation, the entire course will be digital.

Further on evaluation

The participants are divided into cross-disciplinary groups of 4-5 persons and each group assesses two case studies; a building and an object.

The case studies are set up as an assignment where the groups forms a team of experts.

The purpose of the assignment is to discuss approaches and solutions in a broad perspective, implementing what has been taught during the course.

The tasks are evaluated by a team of critics representing 4 main organisations representing aspects addressed during the course (Built heritage managment, education, dissemination and conservation of objects)

Due to the Covid 19 situation, the group exam will be digital for the 2021 course.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture - Continuing Education (ARAEVU)
Externally funded continuing education for the Faculty of Architecture and Design - second degree level (ARDEVU)

Required previous knowledge

Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience within conservation of wooden buildings or artifacts

Course materials

On-line lectures and handouts presented during the online part. A list of recommended literature.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
AAR6047 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology

Department with administrative responsibility
Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development


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