AAR8140 - Building Documentation and Analysis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 100/100

Course content

The subject offers an introduction to the most important theories and methods in building conservation, and on how these metods can be used as a basis for planning of interventions in existing built environments. The work is usually based on a field study of a given building or built environment, including documentation and proposal for a strategy for future development, including value assessment based on conservation theories. The work can also be based on literature studies.

Learning outcome

The objective is to give the students a substantial theoretical basis for assessment of heritage value and discussion of strategies for actions in existing built environments.

Conservation theories and principles, value assessment in decision making, and management of the cultural heritage.
Use of arhival records and documents, including critical assessment of their contents.
Methods for surveying and recording buildings.
Knowledge of materials and their physical properties, typical decay processes like biological degradation, necessary for the assessment of technical condition.

Systematic and interdisciplinary collecting of information in field work with actual buildings.
The ability to “read” buildings as historical documents, based on knowledge of their history and building archaeology.
The ability to synthesize considerable amounts of detailed knowledge into a comprehensive understanding of the pre-requisitions, qualities and utilization possibilities of a built environment.

A basic understanding of existing buildings as resources in a wide conception of the notion.
A systematic, scientifically based discussion and assessment of the historical contents and their significance for an existing built environment.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is based on field studies and report writing. If possible, the subject is arranged in cooperation with AAR4825 Survey, Documentation and Analysis of Existing Buildings, and if suitable in a joint fieldwork with this subject. A separate report is required for the PhD subject. Lessons will be given in English if some international students follow the course.

Required previous knowledge

Msc in Architecture or equivalent

Course materials

Information is given at the start of the course

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Design, History and Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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