A importância do conservador restaurador no contexto dos projetos de reabilitação de património edificado civil
: criação de matriz de valores patrimoniais e tipologias de intervenção para elaboração de bases orçamentais

  • Marta Maria de Matos Taquenho César de Abreu (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Currently, the interventions made in built heritage, require the contributions of the areas such as architecture, civil engineering and conservation and restoration. The broad design and praxis on cultural heritage raise relevant questions about what should or should not be conserved. That material and immaterial memories are important about the integrated heritage in current civil buildings and in unclassified history. Architects, Civil Engineers and Conservator-Restorers are owing doubts raised both by property owners and by the application of urban regulations in the rehabilitation area. Project solutions often overlap with preservation solutions, due either to the lack of information on the real value of integrated artistic testimonies by owners and designers, or because legislation is considered a relevant factor from the point of view of rehabilitation, being decisive in the implementation of a project and for this reason must be in permanent updating and on the impending of constant changes, since if the legislation is not applied, its existence is unnecessary. In addition, the activity of the Restorer is considered expensive and time consuming. This situation entails the irreversible destruction of many decorative programs that could be an asset to the properties, if preserved. For professionals involved in rehabilitation, Architects, Engineers, Conservators-Restorers, it is evident a problem associated with the initiation and development of interventions in rehabilitation works, often due to legislative non-compliance, and others to the lack of legislation. According to data from a survey conducted by the ARP (Association of Conservators-Restorers of Portugal), in 2015, it is concluded that the legislation is not complied with and the presence of Conservators-Restorers in rehabilitation works is residual. In addition, conservation and restoration professionals are unable to submit to competitions (Pereira [et.al]: 2015). It is necessary to promote contributions that encourage the conservation and restoration of integrated heritage, emphasize the value and potential of cultural heritage in rehabilitation, favoring a paradigm shift to consolidate both the position of the Conservator-Restorer, within multidisciplinary teams, and the preservation of decorative testimonies in the rehabilitation project, finding a balance between pre-existences and intervention. It is also expected to build tables for the evaluation of property values applied to the built heritage that function as guidelines for rehabilitation professionals.
Date of Award21 Apr 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorEduarda Vieira (Supervisor) & João Paulo Sousa Costa de Miranda Guedes (Co-Supervisor)


  • Bourgeois houses of Oporto
  • Traditional civil built
  • Rehabilitation
  • Conservator-restorer


  • Mestrado em Conservação e Restauro de Bens Culturais

Cite this