The Historic Preservation Program offers a graduate program based on field study, research, design and community activities. Drawing on an abundance of local historical sites, the program documents and interprets historic buildings and landscapes and advocates their restoration, preservation, reconstruction, and rehabilitation.
Adaptive reuse has become an important focus for the Historic Preservation Program. This approach builds upon a community’s assets by recycling existing buildings to create vibrant spaces where people want to live and work. The program brings together professionals with expertise in the areas of real estate development, economics, and urban planning to discuss the adaptive reuse of buildings.
The faculty in the Historic Preservation Program have a broad range of professional and academic expertise coming from fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, engineering, anthropology, archaeology, geography, and history. This strong interdisciplinary approach prepares students for a wide range of careers in public organizations such as the National Park Service, state historic preservation offices, and local government preservation divisions; in nonprofit organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, statewide preservation organizations, and hundreds of local preservation groups; and in private firms including architects, planners, archaeologists, and historical research firms.