The Time Honored Architectural Conservation Documentation Project

Understanding Cultural Heritage Conservation

The Time Honored Architectural Conservation Documentation Project

Understanding Cultural Heritage Conservation

The Time Honored Architectural Conservation Documentation Project website supplements an emerging multi-volume series of books that offers global perspectives on architectural heritage protection practice in different parts of the world. The first book, Time Honored, A Global View of Architectural Conservation; Parameters, Theory & Evolution of an Ethos was published in 2009. Architectural Conservation in Europe and the Americas; National Experiences and Practice that profiles building conservation practice in some 67 countries followed it in 2011. A third volume, Architectural Conservation in Asia; National Experiences and Practice, launched in 2016, similarly describes architectural heritage protection in the 27 countries of Eastern Asia.

Architectural conservation practice throughout today’s world is both pervasive and dynamic. Practically every country is involved in identifying, creatively conserving, and celebrating its architectural heritage, and interest in the subject is growing. The THACD project describes trends and accomplishments in the field and notes contributions to the profession made in different places. This series aims to gather intelligence about ideas and actions—especially solutions—in heritage protection toward offering a basic synthesis and some conclusions.

The authors—John H. Stubbs for Time Honored, John H. Stubbs and Emily G. Makaš for Architectural Conservation in Europe and the Americas, and John H. Stubbs and Robert G. Thomson for Architectural Conservation in Asia—based their research on their experiences in the field and in various informational sources. The project owes much to friends and colleagues who contributed to the writings and otherwise assisted with the effort that we thank herewith.


Though the authors have endeavored to consult all available key institutional and professional resources, we are aware that quantities of material about the field have yet to be identified. Our hope is to engage others in questioning and benefiting from a broader perspective on today’s phenomenal systems of heritage conservation practice. It is for this purpose that the present research effort, aided by this website, is being shared.

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