The preservation of the architectural resources of old urban and village centers calls for a new and different approach. In many of these areas, there is little "exceptional" architecture, but simply the history of the city, imprinted on its ordinary buildings. This is not a scholarly architecture, but an architecture that is the product of skilled artisans, showing all the variety of which a mason is capable. Here, the builder, free from any rigid schooling, observed, digested, recreated in his own way the beauty of the local architectural tradition.
The Ecole d'Avignon does not work on these structures for their beauty, but for the truths they tell.
It is often their substance, their materials, their techniques and know-how, that together create an image of a stylistic period. The rehabilitation of these architectural ensembles is already a dynamic activity but is not yet a discipline.
he Ecole d'Avignon by its advanced technical or thematic training courses takes part in the definition of this new discipline, through its two formulas: courses of on-site training, and thematic courses at the Ecole d'Avignon.