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The Architectural Conservation Programmes (ACP) was originally established in 2000 in the Faculty of Architecture to provide continuing professional training leading to a Master of Science in Conservation degree (one-year full-time or two-year part-time) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation (one-year part-time).
Today, as a Division under the Faculty of Architecture, ACP has been working closely with local professional institutes, government agencies in the Development Bureau as well as the Urban Renewal Authority, and inter-governmental organizations, such as UNESCO and ICOMOS, in influencing and shaping conservation policies and developing conservation education in Hong Kong. In fact, ACP has become a recognized “brand name” because of its academic excellence in architectural conservation, as well as the driving force behind the professionalization of architectural conservation in Hong Kong.
To advance the prospects of conservation professionals, the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (HKICON) was established in 2010 by a group of dedicated ACP graduates, with support from the Development Bureau. This is an institutionalized way to pool together and identify qualified professionals in the emerging field of architectural conservation. Graduates of the MSc(Conservation) programme, with professional experience, are eligible to become Professional Members of HKICON, while graduates of the PDip(Conservation) programme are eligible to become Associate Members of the institute.
To date, almost all of our graduates have found jobs that deal with conservation directly or indirectly. Most are working in government agencies in Hong Kong, Macau and elsewhere, while others are in private practice, with architectural, engineering, surveying, real estate and property development companies, but working on conservation-related projects.
Mode of Attendance
Part Time (one year, with classes on evenings and weekends)
Medium of Instruction
Programme Entrance Requirements
PDip/MSc(Conservation) students are from diverse building- or non-building-related and nonprofessional backgrounds, and from private practices and government organizations. To date, the following professions, in both private practice and government service, are represented in the programme:
Anthropologists | Archaeologists | Architects | Contractors | Developers | Engineers | Historians | Journalists | Landscape Architects | Lawyers | Managers (Building Project, Facilities, Property and Site) | Museum Curators | Planners | Surveyors (Building, General Practice and Quantity) | School Teachers | University Lecturers and Researchers
Admission to the postgraduate programmes of the Architectural Conservation Programmes is open to practicing professionals and postgraduate students.
The basic admission requirements are:
- A Bachelor's degree in any discipline.
- A good command of spoken and written English.
- Career relevance.
List of Programmes
Non-local students: 12:00nn (HKT), April 18, 2019
Local students: 12:00nn (HKT), May 31, 2019