UST GS CCPED concludes certification course on heritage building conservation

The month-long Certified Heritage Building Conservation Specialist Course ended on December 4, 2021 offered by the UST Graduate School (GS) Center for Continuing Professional Education and Development (CCPED).

The certificate course was a 72-hour certificate program that was held on Fridays and Saturdays, conducted from November 5 to December 4, 2021. It provided continuing professional education to architects, contractors, renovators, and restoration workers and other professionals who want to enhance their skills in the art of preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of heritage buildings and sites.

The course, offered in the UST Cloud Campus in both synchronous and asynchronous modes, focused on the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to safely perform interventions or maintenance of these buildings and sites in a manner compatible with the standards and guidelines for the conservation of historic places in the Philippines and incorporate the principles and practices that encourage long-term conservation of our historic buildings and places.

Aside from the lecture discussions, there were on site fieldwork opportunities for the workshop component of the course. The participants were required to document, assess, analyze, and critique the built heritage property’s state of conservation, and determine the building design factors that contributed to the degree of damage of the heritage buildings.

The course curriculum was developed by the Course Lead Ar. Leah dela Rosa, who was also one of the resource speakers and facilitators. The other members were seasoned experts in the field of heritage building conservation, namely: Ar. John Joseph T. Fernandez, Ar. Norma I. Alarcon, Ar. Rino D. Fernandez, Ar. Lorelei DC. De Viana, Ar. Arnulfo F. Dado, Ar. Fatima R. Alonzo, and Engr. Armando L. Miranda. There were 22 course participants who are architects and social scientists who work in the field of heritage building conservation.

The program has been recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission Council for Architecture as an accredited continuing professional development activity with 36 CPD units.

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