The Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ArC Lab) is part of the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. With a focus on developing innovative techniques to advance the documentation and conservation of the historic fabric, creative design, and policy research for broader conservation issues, the ArC Lab enables cutting edge cross-disciplinary research and collaboration across the fields of digital conservation technology, material sciences, and building aesthetics.

 

Located in a conserved building at Neil Road, the ArC Lab provides students and faculty members with a broad range of equipment. This includes FARO Freestyle2 handheld 3D scanner, FARO S350+ 3D scanner, Advanced data processing software, DJI Mavic 3 drone, Ultimaker S5 3D printer, Spectrophotometer for analyzing durability of materials, and Matterport Pro2 camera. Furthermore, working at the ArC Lab means having access to an extensive range of analytical equipment and expertise available at NUS. With connections to other research partners such as the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS), Center for 5G Digital Building Technology, and Smart Materials Laboratory, the ArC Lab conducts holistic research and training related to the building survey and recording process, in-depth analysis, and critical assessment of building materials and systems of all types.

Research 

Research, Documentation, and Restoration of Singapore's Built Heritage through 3D Modeling

Funded by the Ministry of Singapore's Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1 Grant (October 2021 to March 2023), Dr Nikhil Joshi is leading the research in the Architectural Conservation Laboratory, which investigates the use of advanced 3D and nanotechnologies for the conservation of historic structures

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Research 

News

November  

2022

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First of its kind in SE Asia, the ArClab will serve as a valuable case site for teaching and research into conservation practices.

July 2022

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Huawei aims to empower our youths to propose creative and innovative solutions using digital technology to build a sustainable and liveable Singapore of tomorrow.

May 2022

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Sacredness goes beyond scriptural texts and archaeological remains per se. Its significance mainly lies in the active interaction between humans and religious architecture within its dynamic ritual settings

October 2021

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Ornate blackwood carved furniture is on display at the NUS Baba House, a 19th-century Peranakan townhouse that has been turned into a museum.

 

May 2020

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Six building in and around the Old Police Academy will be proposed for conservation and integrated with future development in Mount Peasant Area.

May 

2020

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A conservation consultant, architect and adviser to some 100 conservation projects in Singapore & Hong Kong, Prof Ho is also the Head of National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture at the NUS School of Design and Environment.

January  2021

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“We have been doing a lot of conservation work in Singapore since the 70s and 80s, but we need a knowledge base,” said Prof Ho Puay Peng,