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APRU University Museums Research Symposium 2021
Universities and Architectural Heritage
15-16 November 2021
Postponement of the APRU University Museums Research Symposium 2020

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a network of universities from Asia, Australasia and the Americas. The association established the APRU University Museums Research Symposium in 2012 to bring participants together for the sharing of research and education initiatives concerning their universities’ cultural and scientific collections.

This year, we will reflect on the research and preservation of architectural heritage and its place in the urban landscape. Architectural heritage involves multidisciplinary perspectives and collaborations which demonstrate expertise in science, culture, and the environment. Continuity and change have become crucial considerations when looking at our built environment and heritage buildings, as evident in recent examples of public health and climate concerns. The Asia-Pacific landscape especially provides a cross-cultural platform on which developments in architectural heritage research, education and practice can flourish, allowing ideas exchanged during the Symposium among universities, museums, and its collaborators to form a foundation upon which future research can be based.



Please find the Museum Symposium programme, session videos,  and posters on the event website.

15 November

  • Welcome address
  • National University of Singapore, Baba House Conservation Video
  • Opening Keynote
  • Panel 1: Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Panel 2: Architectural History

16 November

  • Welcome Address
  • Introductory Remarks
  • Panel 3: Urban Planning and Regeneration
  • Panel 4: Sustainability and Conservation

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  • Attendance to the symposium is free.

For all attendees:

  • Registration is required to attend this conference and must be done through Eventbrite.
  • Registration opens on 13 Sep and closes on 14 November.
  • Please note that this symposium is held entirely online.

Digital element:

  • Due to Covid-19 affecting worldwide travel and aviation, the symposium will be 100% online, including post-symposium activities.
  • Kindly note that all times reflected in the programme are in GMT +8, and that the programme may be subject to change.



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15 November (Day 1)

Symposium Opening Keynote:
Professor Ho Puay-Peng, Head, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. UNESCO Chair on Architectural Heritage Conservation and Management in Asia

Panel 1: Intangible Cultural Heritage

Traditionally, cultural heritage is often conceived in its material form, through objects of trade, ritual and domesticity, as well as elements of architecture that are witnesses to historical movements. This panel draws out what is therefore sometimes obscured and occluded in the discourse of cultural heritage, to understand it in its broader contexts: the nexus of anthropological nodes from the social to political and spiritual that govern culture that pre-exists and structures its tangible forms.

In particular, the papers explore contemporary tourism policies and conservation laws, use of technology, oral histories, education, as well as the communities of whom are the main bearers and proponents of such intangible cultural heritage. Here, the discussion hopes to piece together a coherent understanding of the significance of such sites, and thus, the fullness of heritage that requires safeguarding.

Panel 2: Architectural History

Keynote Speaker: Dr Wu Ping-Sheng. National Cheng Kung University, Department of Architecture. Director, NCKU Museum.

This panel delves into the twinned and intertwined study of history and architecture. The various sites presented in the oral papers, from the anatomical theatres of Padua to Singapore’s early tertiary institutions, reveal insights into momentous historical events, contexts, communities and actors, as well as national and political discourse. Aided by new discoveries, resources, and lines of inquiry, the panel’s discussion converges at the manners in which these sites can sustain relevancy through re-interpretation and further exploration of historiography, providing inspiration through lessons learnt for the study of architecture in our present moment.

16 November (Day 2)

Panel 3: Urban Regeneration and Architectural Planning

Keynote Speaker: Dr Kinoshita Hikaru. Kansai University, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Engineering.

By analysing the changes to urban planning and renewal across the years, the oral papers in this presentation give us a glimpse into developments and new approaches that go beyond attending to specific buildings or monuments, but are considerations of the socio-cultural and historical fabric of urban spaces that interact with and shape its constituent buildings and parts. This includes proposals for ways to re-envision such spaces, through new designs and methodologies that are informed by pedagogy and urban morphology, as well as an examination of archives and historical sources to review how spaces have been revived and restructured by means of intervention or wider socio-political evolutions.

Panel 4: Sustainability and ConservatioN

Keynote Speaker: Dr Louise Cooke. University of York, Archaeology Department.

Situated in a study of history but propelled by an impetus that is future-thinking, the final panel of the symposium will discuss various conservation strategies and practices that have developed over the years that posit means of ensuring continuity in architectural heritage. With constant shifts in architectural tendencies and trends, nudged forward by the waves of globalisation and modernity, historic sites are at risk of erosion, demolition, or neglect. The papers in this panel offer case studies and solutions to issues in sustainability and conservation, presenting a plethora of approaches ranging from the integration of renewable energy into historic sites, to the establishment of university museums as a platform for promoting heritage. Through sharing these strategies, the discussion ultimately aims at a reflection of deeper philosophical and ideological principles – how does the preservation and conservation of architectural heritage interface with the demands and changes of modernity? What does it mean to sustain architectural heritage for an interminable future?


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Program Schedule

Access the full Programme Booklet

(All timings are in GMT +8)

November 15
November 16

Opening session
Emcee introduction


Welcome Address 1
Dr Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General of APRU


Welcome Address 2
Professor Daniel Goh, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Life, National University of Singapore


National University of Singapore, Baba House Conservation Video


Symposium Opening Keynote
Professor Ho Puay-Peng, Head, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. UNESCO Chair onArchitectural Heritage Conservation and Management in Asia



Panel 1: Intangible Cultural Heritage
Moderator: Associate Professor Johannes Widodo, Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore


Video screening
Heritage and Photography: UNASP Memory Center as ahistorical documentation resource

Emily Bertazzo, Gabriela Abraços, Mariana Tonasso and Rosane Keppke
São Paulo Adventist University (UNASP).


Speakers and Talking Titles


The Ghost of Grainger: From Preservation to Storytelling
Rochus Urban Hinkel
Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne.


Raise the Roof: Mapping and Characterizing theTransformations of the Ifugao Bale in the Batad RiceTerraces
Marie Edraline B. Belga, Nappy L. Navarra and Maria Faith Y. Varona
College of Architecture, University of the Philippines –(Diliman Campus)


How to Integrate Architectural Heritage Conservation,Education, and Tourism? The Study Case of Jingjiang Palace (Guilin, China)
Qian Du
Department of Architecture, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Dong Xiao
Beijing Great Wall Culture Research Institute, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture


Effective Cultural Heritage Protection: Problematic Laws and Straightening Mindset; Case Study: Laws and Protection of Heritage Sites in Indonesia
Edy Lisdiyono, Liliana Tedjosaputro, Mochamad Riyanto and Ridho Pakina
University of 17 August 1945 Semarang, Indonesia


Commodification or Education: Cultural Tourism Ethicsfrom the Legal Perspective
Yulies Tiena Masriani
Faculty of Law, University of 17 August 1945 Semarang, Indonesia


City Stories: An Interactive Cultural History of EthnicDiversity and Urban Change in Singapore’s Chinatown
Kristy Kang
School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



Panel 2: Architectural History


Video screening
The Ghost of Grainger: Engaging with heritage through digital storytelling

Rochus Urban Hinkel and Edward Yee
Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne


Keynote speaker
Dr Wu Ping-Sheng
Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University.
Director, NCKU Museum


Speakers and Talking Titles

Built Heritage of Singapore’s Early Tertiary Institutions
Chern Jia Ding
Preservation of Sites and Monuments – A division under theNational Heritage Board

An Acropolis for the new nation: the campus of theUniversity of Havana
Claudia Felipe
University of Havana
Norailys Guerra Hernández
Universidad Iberoamericana de Mexico

History of Anatomical Theaters at the University of Padua
Giovanni Magno and Alberto Zanatta
University Museums Centre CAM, University of Padua

Early Soviet Historiography of Architecture and UrbanForms from the Perspective of Hannes Meyer’s PrivateLibrary in Weimar
Aliaksandr Shuba
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Germany) and Univerzita PavlaJozefa Šafárika v Košiciach (Slovakia)

Changes in the social role of a centenary institution on the outskirts of São Paulo
Emily Bertazzo
University of Sao Paulo (USP)

From Saint Ivo’s Palace alla Sapienza to the CityUniversity of Rome: the dialogue between art and architecture within the 1930’s
Eliana Billi and Cecilia de Filippis
Sapienza, University of Rome




Welcome Address 3
Mr Ahmad Mashadi, Head, National University of Singapore Museum


Introductory Remarks 1
Professor Florian Knothe, Associate Professor, School ofHumanities, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong


Introductory Remarks 2
Ms Karen Lim, Curator of National University of Singapore,Baba House



Panel 3: Urban Planning and Regeneration
Moderator: Professor Ho Puay-Peng, Head, Department ofArchitecture, National University of Singapore. UNESCO Chairon Architectural Heritage Conservation and Management in Asia


Special Video Presentation
Victor Chin


Keynote speaker
Dr Kinoshita Hikaru
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Environmental andUrban Engineering, Kansai University


Speakers and Talking Titles

Representation of cultural heritage in the form of educational space: Situation and characteristics
Narciss Sohrabi
Paris Nanterre University

Cultural Anatomy of Campus Planning: Understanding decolonization through spatial planning of educational spaces through a case study of educational institutions in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Virajitha Chimalapati
George Town World Heritage Incorporated

The Campus as a Garden: The Modern Interpretation ofTraditional Design at the United College Campus (CUHK)
Rico Samuel Diedering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

How typomorphological analysis inform campus regeneration: A case study of The University of Chicago
Zhuoshu He
National University of Singapore
Minying Cheng
South China University of Technology

The White Heat of Technology – Education in Transition.Modern campus planning at the University of Salford in relation to the Plateglass Universities (1956 – 1967)
Peter Walker, Tanja Poppelreuter and Simon Hadfield
The University of Salford

Nationalism Discipline: Campus of National Central University in China (1930-1937)
Dong Xiaoxiao and Xu Maoyan
School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

Give a past to the future – The Building History of an EastGerman University Campus as an inspiration for future interventions
Richter Elke
Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg



Panel 4: Sustainability and Conservation
Moderator: Dr Nikhil Joshi, Department of Architecture School of Design and Environment National University of Singapore


Video Screening
The campus of the Paul Valéry University in Montpellier as an architectural heritage object
Cléa Calderoni
Université de Picardie Jules Verne


Keynote speaker
Dr Louise Cooke
Archaeology Department, University of York


Speakers and Talking Titles

Energy efficiency in historic buildings: Role of Urban BuiltHeritage of Mumbai in managing change and integratingUnited Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals
Kimaya S. Keluskar and Sanaeya E. Vandrewala
Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai, India

The 1880 and 2020 Earthquakes and the ArchitecturalHeritage of the University of Zagreb
Dragan Damjanović
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Sustainability and Heritage Development in a World of Change.
Case Study: Universitas Ciputra-Centre for HeritageCreative Studies (UC.CCHS)

Michael N. Kurniawan and Rani Prihatmanti
Universitas Ciputra Centre for Creative HeritageStudies(UC.CCHS), Surabaya-Indonesia

The conversion of 17th-century cellars of former palaces that are now part of university campuses –archaeological and architectural studies that support the activities of university museums.
Hubert Kowalski
Department of Archaeology, University of Warsaw

Gothic Revival past and present at the University of Melbourne
Paola Colleoni
The University of Melbourne

Various evaluations of Toyoda Auditorium in Nagoya University since 1960
Nishizawa Yasuhiko
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Japan


Ending address