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Department of Architecture



Dr Kerstin Barup is a practicing architect and Professor Emerita of Architectural Conservation at Lund University in Sweden. She earned a master’s degree and PhD in Architecture at Lund and studied Architectural History and Surveying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen as well as Conservation Science at ICCROM in Rome. From 2012-17, Kerstin was Professor of Architectural Conservation at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Prior to this, Kerstin taught graduate-level conservation courses, was head of the Department of Building and Architecture from 2004 and then from 2005-10, was head of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. Kerstin has authored books and articles on architectural conservation, organised exhibitions, and participated in numerous national and international conferences.

For more than 40 years, Kerstin has been deeply involved in architectural preservation and the development of heritage buildings and sites, primarily in Sweden. She has worked with the conservation of significant churches and listed buildings including Sankt Clemens kapell (1986-1987) and is Cathedral Architect at Linköping and Kalmar cathedrals. Kerstin is also involved in the conservation at Engelsberg Ironworks – the best preserved 17th– 19th-century industrial complex of its kind and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Notably, Kerstin introduced 3D scanning methods for building conservation in the Nordic countries and has been employing Fluorescence lidar (a non-invasive documentation technique for analysing historic façades) for major cultural heritage projects such as the Coliseum and Lateran Baptistery in Rome. Kerstin was a Board member at the Norwegian National Museum 2008-16, Censors in architecture, NTH, Trondheim 1994-2002, and external examiner for the Master course in Architectural Conservation at Edinburgh College of Art from 2004-2008 and 2018-21.

Visiting Professor for the Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture 2021-24