Photogrammetry Laboratory

The Photogrammetry Laboratory (PL) of METU Department of Architecture was established in 1967. Being a pioneer in the field of architectural photogrammetry in Turkey, PL is one of the few educational and research centers developed by the Conservation of Cultural Heritage Program of METU Department of Architecture. The main purposes of PL are providing training for undergraduate and postgraduate students in architectural documentation and photogrammetry; providing theoretical, practical, and technical support to all researchers of METU in the documentation of the physical environment, especially the historic environment; following the developments, and conducting researches on new ways of documenting and analyzing architectural heritage in different scales.


MCL | Materials Conservation Laboratory

The Materials Conservation Laboratory (MCL), which is an academic extension of the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage Graduate Program, was established in the early 1960s, as an educational and research laboratory. Once an independent academic unit, "Department of Restoration" is now a center for excellence in research and education for the preservation of the built environment as MCL has become an internationally acclaimed research center in time for the development of scientific conservation studies and the improvement of conservation practices. MCL aims at diagnostic analyses of historic structures and materials for the active decay factors and sources, development of conservation treatments, selection and preparation of compatible repair materials, and the establishment of maintenance and monitoring programs for historic structures. MCL has more than thirty years of experience on-site and laboratory investigations of historic structures in Turkey. It has been the task of the laboratory to study the technological properties of historical building materials and their problems for the purpose of their conservation. In 2003, the Graduate Program restructured itself in complying with the contemporary paradigms of higher education and the cutting-edge research as it has begun to recruit non-architect graduates from different disciplines and fields; starting from 2007-2008 Fall Semester, the graduates of four-year-degree programs are also eligible.