Heritage is a surprisingly recent field in architecture. While most histories of heritage would identify Geddes, in the early 20th century, as the forefather, it was not until the 1960s that heritage really emerged as a field of operation – and a little later, as a field of research. The importance of heritage to tourist industries and to cultural identity, the creation of local listings and protections, of UNESCO World Heritage – all these have been driven by and enhanced research into heritage and conservation. WSA’s Heritage & Conservation Research & Scholarship Group addresses areas as different as the energy consumption of heritage buildings, techniques of retrofitting and theories of heritage and conservation. Each year, a significant cohort of WSA student focus on a heritage issues in their Dissertations, demonstrating the ongoing relevance of the field.

Dissertation Examples:

Geraint PHILLIPS
Prioritising the re-use of Historical & Listed Buildings in Wales: A review into the planning process and political battle surrounding assets of historical value, a close comparison against the listed building process.

Nicholas GERRITSEN
From Shame to Fame: The impact of private funding on the heritage value of a World Heritage Site: The case of the Sassi di Matera.

John ELENOR
Analysing the Significance of Conservation on Listed Buildings in Wales.

Thomas THWAITES
Development vs. Conservation – Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage status, who cares?

Mohammad OOZEER
Questioning the buffer zone – An investigation of the impact of the Aapravasi Ghat’s Buffer Zone on its present surroundings and future projects.

Margherita BASTIANELLI
Matera Capital of Culture 2019: Understanding a heritage-led urban regeneration through the adaptive reuse of Casa Cava.

Yi ZANG
A study of Chinese industrial heritage protection system: to establish a protection and development system based on China’s national conditions.

Samuel JONES
Contemporary Design |Heritage Setting: How can policy help to shape the appropriate design of Bath’s future developments without harming the city’s heritage?