Architectural Conservation: Syllabus, Admission, Career Prospects

M. Arch in Architecture Conservation is a postgraduate course in Architecture Engineering. This course specializes in the architecture of built heritage comprising historic buildings, areas, cities and cultural landscapes. It aims at training architects in tackling conservation issues in planning level, interpreting history in a modern context, dealing with structural issues and documentation of cultural and historic heritage buildings. Aspirants learn how to encounter and overcome the development issues while being tactful to social responsibilities, sustainability, and urban modernizations. The study focuses on theoretical and practical aspects and Principles Techniques in an academic discipline such as 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.

Top Colleges

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 Name  M. Arch in Architecture Conservation
Stream  Architecture
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 have 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 



Course Duration Eligibility Entrance
M. Arch in Architecture 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


Top Recruiters

1. Adani Group

2. Atkin Global



5. Ernst & Young

6. Evosys 

7. Feedback Infra Pvt Ltd.

8. GIZ 


10. ILFS Edu

11. JLL

12. Kalpataru Power

13. KPMG

14. Marathon Media

15. Mott

16. Synergy Group 

Admission Process

The admission process for the Master in Architecture 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 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 few colleges and universities who conduct their own entrance examinations for the admission of the courses while some offer direct admission to the candidates.


Subjects for Master in Architecture in Architecture Conservation.

Conservation Philosophy
Conservation Principles and Practices
Conservation Science, Techniques and Technology
Conservation Management
Conservation Studio
Skill Enhancement



The courses for architecture are programmed in a way so as to symbolize the culture and art of the nation and also to bring architectural achievements. The skills required are :

1. Ability to identify, read, and comprehend the character, integrity, and significance of the site, structure, ruin, architectural element, and/or its fabric;

2. Ability to research and interpret primary and secondary source materials that pertain to the site, structure, ruin, element or its fabric, and that provide a context for its significance, evolution, or alterations that may affect its current conditions;

3. Knowledge of basic architectural history with the ability to recognize regional differences and stylistic influences that may affect fabric treatment or general construction;

4. Knowledge of and ability to diagnose, document, and interpret information obtained from assessments of existing conditions, pathology, current influences, and future impacts related to a site, structure, element and/or its fabric, or ruin retaining architectural significance that reflects integrity and heritage values;

5. Knowledge of and ability to recognize, document, and interpret physical evidence of earlier and present technologies used in the construction of a structure or in the manufacture of fabric incorporated in the structure or ruin;

6. Ability to employ an interdisciplinary approach with other preservation professionals, including architects, archeologists, landscape architects, collections professionals, other architectural conservators, engineers, exhibit specialists, and craftspeople, in order to treat a site or structure holistically;

7. Skill and knowledge to conduct laboratory analysis and testing.

8. Skill and knowledge to consult on or carry out field treatments to conserve materials for the purpose of extending the longevity and maintainability of a given site, structure, element and/or its fabric, or ruin;

9. Ability and skill to effectively communicate on specific preservation and conservation issues with professionals, administrators, and laymen.

10. Ability to make treatment recommendations that are based on established preservation principles.

11. Ability and skill to record, interpret, and write findings of research in a comprehensive format; and the highest level of performance includes all aspects of the discipline and will entail NPS competency in supervision and program management.


Top Entrances

The top entrances for the architecture:

1. National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

2. Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED)

3. Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)

4. Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)

5. Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science Engineering Entrance Exam (HITSEEE)



8. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering)

9. TANCET (Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test)

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



Job Profile Job Description Salary
Architecture Conservator  Architectural Conservators work at historic and prehistoric sites in parks, in Systems Support Offices (Regional Offices), in Cultural Preservation Centers, in National Program Centers, and, through agreement, at other public or private sites.  6 lakhs - 10 lakhs
Architect Engineer Architectural engineers analyze building or system prototypes submitted by architects in order to increase efficiency, decrease costs, and enforce adherence to building codes and compliance issues. These engineers must also evaluate proposed electrical systems to ensure occupational safety and assess window costs. 5 - 6 lakhs
Architecture Professor Teaches courses in the discipline area of architecture. Develops and designs curriculum plans to foster student learning, stimulate class discussions, and ensures student engagement. Provides tutoring and academic counseling to students maintains classes related records and assesses student coursework. 5 lakhs - 10 lakhs
Building Control Officer Building control surveyors are also known as building control officers (BCOs), building inspectors or approved inspectors. They ensure that new buildings, alterations, installations, and extensions meet the regulatory standards of safety, sustainability, accessibility and design 3 lakhs - 8 lakhs
Building Inspector Inspects buildings to determine fire insurance rates: examines building for the type of construction, condition of the roof, and fireproofing. Determines risk represented by adjoining buildings, by nature of the business, and building contents. Determines the availability of fireplugs and firefighting equipment. Completes inspection report. 4 lakhs - 7 lakhs




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 this course?

A: The duration of this course is 2 Years.


Q: What is the admission process?

A: The admission is done through an entrance examination and counseling process. 





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