The aims of this two-year degree Architectural Restoration Program are to enable students gain knowledge and skills related to protecting historical places and places listed as architectural heritage; producing protective solutions; and to provide a specialization in 3-D visualization and computer-aided practices. Furthermore, it is aimed to raise qualified technical staff who will take place in passing on cultural heritage to further generations. The vision of the program is based on educating and training experts who are aware of the importance of cultural heritage, and take professional ethics and values into consideration. The Cyprus International University Architectural Restoration Program is prepared with the collaboration of the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture. The program is integrated by the collaborative works of the Department of Architecture as well as national and international institutions.
The Architectural Restoration Program is based on a two-year educational curriculum. Courses are organized as theoretical, practical and restoration projects. The topics covered include: How to protect the historical/architectural heritage of single buildings to groups of buildings on an urban scale; alternative functional solutions for buildings integrated and designed for today’s world and next generation’s life; conventional and modern techniques, technologies and materials. Existing buildings are examined in conventional construction courses; redevelopment of existing buildings is covered in restoration and conservation courses; building surveying project courses consist of the integration of all that knowledge in architectural projects. Besides the professional knowledge-based courses, the history of architecture, and elective courses, are placed within the curriculum to extend the students’ knowledge of the field.
Architectural restoration is a profession which connects the past with the future; especially in terms of architectural characteristics. It is a profession that protects and promotes traditional or any other architecturally listed buildings. Students who complete the theoretical and practical courses and professional trainings are ready to receive the title of ‘architectural restorations technician’. By doing this, they can find employment in both state and private sectors where architectural restoration projects are carried out. Our country is very rich in terms of architectural heritage and restoration and conservation projects. This provides a vast opportunity for our graduates to find suitable job opportunities and be involved in the sector.