İzmir Institute of Technology, Department of Architectural Restoration is founded in 1994. The program aims at establishing an interdisciplinary approach for education, research and application in the field of conservation of historical buildings. The Materials Conservation Laboratory was established to carry out studies on characterization and treatment of historic building materials. Meanwhile, equipment necessary for the measured survey of historical buildings is being provided within Central Surveying and Topography Laboratory of the Faculty of Architecture.
The M.S. Program in Architectural Restoration offers Master of Science programme for the graduates of Department of Architecture, Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Chemistry (Faculty of Science) and Department of City and Regional Planning. Education has begun in September 2001 for architects, in 2009 for civil engineers, in 2012 for chemists, in 2014 for city and regional planners.
Prior to students on the Architectural Conservation Thesis, the students are required to complete 36 credit hours for the MS in Architectural Restoration Program. Department of Architectural Restoration has started to provide non-thesis Master of Science programme from 2011-2012 fall semester. Non-thesis Master of Science programme requires a minimum 11 courses consist of 42 credit hours.
İzmir Institute of Technology, Department of Architectural Restoration offers PhD programme for the graduates of Architecture and Architectural Restoration Departments since the spring semester of 2012-2013 academic year. In 2014 – 2015 academic year, PhD programme for the graduates of City and Regional Planning Departments has begun.