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International Course on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture

Date: October 28 - November 22, 2018

International Course on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture
October 28–November 22, 2018
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates and Nizwa, Oman

Background

The 2018 International Course on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture (EAC18) is a month long training initiative organized by the Getty Conservation Institute in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi. The aim of the course is to improve the practice of earthen heritage conservation by providing practical training for mid-career professionals from the Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian regions. The course will be held in the World Heritage City of Al Ain, UAE, and in Nizwa, Oman.

Course Content

The course will be led by local and international experts using the earthen heritage of Al Ain as an open-air laboratory to learn practical, hands-on methods for preserving earthen buildings and archaeological sites. Through lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, demonstrations, site visits and field exercises, participants will learn fundamental theories of conservation as well as advances in technology and research that have influenced practical approaches to earthen architecture conservation.

Course topics include:

  • Conservation theory and principles
  • Laboratory and field analysis of earthen materials
  • Earth as a building material—use and construction techniques
  • Mechanisms of decay—material and structural
  • Methods of recording for documentation and analysis
  • Conservation methodology—Planning of conservation and rehabilitation interventions
  • Practical conservation methods—structural and non-structural
  • Conservation of earthen archaeological sites and decorative surfaces
  • Maintenance and preventive conservation
  • Developing rehabilitation and adaptive re-use projects for earthen buildings
  • A study trip to Oman where participants will visit earthen villages and carry out an exercise on the conservation of urban settlements made of earth (Nizwa, Oman)

Eligibility

The course is designed for a maximum of 20 participants. It is open to mid-career professionals including archaeologists, architects, conservator-restorers, conservation scientists, engineers and related fields working with earthen heritage from the Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian regions.

Language

The course will be conducted in English. Candidates must have good technical knowledge and command of the English language.

Course Fee

A fee of US $750 includes tuition and course materials. Lodging, transportation and lunches in Al Ain and Nizwa will be provided for the duration of the course. Participants are responsible for their travel costs to Abu Dhabi and from Muscat, Oman, and for incidental expenses associated with the workshop.

Visas

The Department of Culture & Tourism (DCT) will provide support in processing visa applications for successful applicants; however, DCT cannot guarantee visa clearance by local authorities.

Certificate of Completion

A course certificate will be awarded to participants who complete the course having attended all course activities.

To Apply

Visit http://www.getty.edu/conservation/our_projects/field_projects/earthen_arch_course/2018_course.html and complete the application and supporting materials according to the instructions.

Deadline for submission of applications: March 1st, 2018. 

For more information contact, EAC18@getty.edu