The work at the Architectural Conservation Lab (ACL) at the Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar of the Singapore University of Technology and Design combines both the theory and practice of cultural material conservation in architecture.

The Lab has a strong research track record and active research programs, with national and international collaborations.
In addition, the Lab seeks to develop research opportunities, relating to the broader issues of cultural conservation within the Asian-Pacific region.


There has always been more of an emphasis on aesthetic considerations within the field of architectural conservation. This emphasis has been more related to the aesthetic qualities of the work as an end state rather than as a tool for the actual conservation process. In other words, conservation attempts to retain the aesthetic qualities of the artistic conception in connection with the passage of the work through time.


Conservation is about preventing damage and loss to our cultural heritage. It aims to minimise change to material fabric, to protect items from the adverse effects of climate and chemical deterioration, in order to safeguard heritage for generations.


Technology is long associated as the scientific key to the long-term sustainability of heritage. It is about managing change and risk and maximising social, cultural and economic benefit that supports conservation, access to heritage, heritage research and interpretation, which includes documentation, heritage management (e.g. development of tools and knowledge supporting strategic decisions) as well as wider societal engagement with heritage.