Architectural Conservation: A Course in Conserving Historical Heritage

By Sanjeet Nayak

Architectural Conservation is a special branch of Architecture that aims at teaching different aspects, and techniques for restoring historic structures. Moreover, it equips them with the broad knowledge of old/historic buildings, or a group of buildings, cultural landscapes, and sometimes ancient cities. The course is designed to train architects in handling the problems related to conservation at the initial planning level. It also involves interpreting history in a modern context. It deals with problems like how to encounter and overcome the development issues while being tactful to social responsibilities, sustainability, and urban modernizations. The study curriculum includes The introduction of Conservation, Planning Theory, Structural Conservation (Material & Techniques), Architectural History, Computer Application, and Visual Communication, Structural Conservation Management, Introduction to Archaeology, and Musicology Historic Housing, and Landscape.

What the course focuses on?

  • Techniques for restoring old buildings, landscapes, etc.
  • Knowledge of old/historic structures.
  • Dealing with problems related to the conserving process.
  • Social responsibilities for urban modernisation.
  • Management of the structural conservation process. 


Course Name  Architectural Conservation
Stream  Architecture
Degree Name M. Arch in Architectural Conservation
Duration 2 Years
Examination type Semester 
Admission Process Entrance and Counselling

60% in B.Arch, B.Plan, B.E. / B.Tech( Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering) from a recognized college or university

The candidate who has completed BUD/ Bachelor of Interior Design/ B.A. in Archaeology can also apply to this course.

Top Recruiters Adani Group, Atkin Global, CBRE, CRISIL, Ernst & Young,  Evosys,  Feedback Infra Pvt,  Ltd.,  GIZ,  GODREJ, ILFS Edu, JLL,  Kalpataru Power,  KPMG,  Marathon Media, Mott, Synergy Group 

Top Colleges

Some of the top colleges that offer a course in Architectural Conservation are mentioned below:

1. Chandigarh University, Chandigarh

2. IIT, Roorkee

3. LPU, Punjab

4. Galgotia University, Noida

5. Amity University, Noida

6. Lingaya’s University, Faridabad

7. Accurate Institute of Management and Technology, Noida

8. Ansal University, Gurgaon

9. Manav Rachna International University - Faculty of Planning And Architecture, Faridabad

10. GD Goenka University – School of Architecture & Planning, Gurgaon

11. Chitkara University, Punjab


Course Duration Eligibility Entrance
M. Arch in Architectural Conservation  2 Years Should have a B. Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture) or any equivalent course in a relevant discipline with a minimum aggregate score of 50% for general and 45% in the case of SC/ST GATE, CEED, TANCET, AMU M. Arch, CEPT, etc

Admission Process

The admission process for the Architectural Conservation is done through the entrance NATA, GATE, CEED, TANCET test. There are different criteria for admission to different colleges and institutions. After the clearance of entrance examinations by the Council of Architecture, the students are shortlisted in a merit list of NATA test are further called for the counseling process and on the basis of the respective skills and availability of seats. There are also a few colleges and universities that conduct their own entrance examinations for the admission of the courses while some offer direct admission to the candidates.

Top Entrances

The top entrances for the architecture:

1. National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

  • Total Marks: 200
  • Exam Mode: Online
  • Exam Type: National level

2. Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED)

  • Online Registration/Application with late fee: 11th - 17th October 2020
  • Date of CEED 2020 Examination: Date of CEED 2020 Examination
  • Declaration of Result: 8th March 2021

3. Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)

  • Exam Mode: Offline
  • Exam Level: State Level
  • Types of Questions: Objective type multiple choice questions


  • Exam Frequency: Twice a year
  • Application Mode: Online 
  • Exam Mode: Online and Offline


  • Exam Cancelled

6. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering)

  • Extended Closing Dates for Online Application (with late fee): 7 October 2020 
  • GATE 2021 Exam Dates: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 February 2021
  • GATE 2020 Results: 22 March  2021

7. BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology & Science Admission Test)

  • Exam date: Septemeber 21st - 23rd, 2020
  • Exam Duration: 3 Hours
  • Level of Examination: University Level


The architecture sector in India provides endless opportunities with high payscale and distinguished job profiles. Being a country dominated by dynamic cultures, there are numerous cities with historic sites that need restoration for its survival. Therefore, many private and government unions or bodies offers a wide scope of job oppurtunities to students who have completed their Architectural Conservation course. Some of the top career profiles are mentioned below:

Job Profile Salary
Architecture Conservator 6 lakhs - 10 lakhs
Architect Engineer 5 - 6 lakhs
Architecture Professor 5 lakhs - 10 lakhs
Building Control Officer 3 lakhs - 8 lakhs
Building Inspector 4 lakhs - 7 lakhs

Top Recruiters

Company Name Company Name
Adani Group GIZ 
Atkin Global GODREJ
Ernst & Young Kalpataru Power
Evosys  KPMG
Feedback Infra Pvt Ltd. Marathon Media
Mott Synergy Group 


Top Recruitng Cities:

  • Bangalore
  • Ahmedabad
  • Mumbai
  • Delhi
  • Chennai


Q: What is the principal objective of this course?

A: The principal objective of this course is to train architects in tackling conservation issues in the planning level, interpreting history in a modern context, dealing with structural issues and documentation of cultural and historic heritage buildings.

Q: What are the top career profiles associated with this field?

A: The career profiles associated with this field are mentioned below:

1. Architect Engineer

2. Architecture Professor

3. Building Inspector

Q: What is the minimum qualification required for this degree?

A; The minimum qualification is (Bachelor of Architecture) or any equivalent course in a relevant discipline with a minimum aggregate score of 50% for general and 45% in the case of SC/ST

Q: What are the top entrances for the Master in Architecture Conservation?

A: The top entrances are mentioned below:

1. National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

2. Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED)

3. Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)

Q: What are the top colleges providing this course?

A: The top colleges are mentioned below:

1. Chandigarh University, Chandigarh

2. IIT, Roorkee

3. LPU, Punjab

4. Galgotia University, Noida

5. Amity University, Noida

Q: What are the important skills required for this course?

A: The important skills required for this course are mentioned below:

1. Good observation skills

2. Research skills

3. Ability and skill to record

4. Good Interpret skills (physical evidence)

For more information see the Important Skill Section.

Q: What is the duration of M.Tech in Architectural Conservation?

A: The duration of M.Tech in Architectural Conservation is 2 Years.



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