Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

Working with historic buildings and neighborhoods, related legislation, and adaptive-reuse of historic structures are essential parts of the professional practice of architects, planners, and art historians. Their work often requires the repurposing and reuse of the existing building stock, which is a critical part of sustainable development. As well, the documentation, preservation, and interpretation of history as represented through historic buildings and landscapes is a vital aspect of any community’s civic pride. This Graduate Certificate of Historic Preservation is designed to provide students with the essential professional knowledge and skills in taking care of historic buildings and historic townscapes.

This Certificate is also open to students in American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Geography, Museum Studies, World Regional Study Programs, Urban Planning, and the Global Awareness Certificate Program. The Certificate is available as a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) opportunity for outside professionals as well.

Students must complete 12 credit hours from the courses listed below. 

ARCH 746American Architectural History3
ARCH 747Historic Preservation Theory3
ARCH 748Historic Preservation Planning3
ARCH 749Historic Preservation Technology3

If needed any of the above courses could be replaced with ARCH 700: Directed Readings focusing on the specific subject area. These courses may be available via distance delivery or online.  

Please direct questions regarding the Graduate Certificate of Historic Preservation to:
Dr. Kapila D. Silva, Professor of Architecture, and Amy Van de Riet, Historic Preservation Technology Course Coordinator,