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Historic Preservation Grad Programs

hstarkhstark Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
Starting to think about grad school applications. I am going into my 4th year at a BArch program where I have a minor in history. I have wanted to go into HP for many years but am torn about where to apply. I am looking into Clemson, UMD, BU, and UPenn but would love any inside knowledge about the programs. Also nervous about acceptance rates and what the schools take into account on deciding

Replies to: Historic Preservation Grad Programs

  • carolinamom2boyscarolinamom2boys Registered User Posts: 7,114 Senior Member
    Clemson's Historic Preservation program is housed in Charleston . It is a collaborative program with College of Charleston. CofC has one of the most respected Historic Preservation and Community Planning undergrad programs in the country. Charleston would provide a lot of opportunities for learning . Good luck!
  • momrathmomrath Registered User Posts: 5,976 Senior Member
    @hstark, Historic Preservation is a multi-disciplinary career combining architecture, urban design, public service, real estate development, construction and preservation advocacy.

    If your objective is to become a licensed architect working within the field of preservation, then I would suggest that you look at programs with a strong emphasis on the architectural component.

    I would be less enthusiastic about BU because it lacks a school of architecture (though Boston is a great heritage city). I would also suggest looking at Notre Dame and Cornell
    https://architecture.nd.edu/academics-programs/graduate-programs/ms-historic-preservation/
    https://aap.cornell.edu/academics/crp/graduate/hpp

    I don't know much about admissions to these programs (except that Cornell is highly competitive). Most schools of architecture and planning hold information sessions for their masters programs, usually in the fall. These are a great opportunity to learn about what the schools are looking for, to understand the focus of the individual programs and to get your questions answered.

    After you complete your BArch, you might also want to consider working for a year or two for a firm that specializes in preservation as this would help you differentiate among the different tangents, and, I believe, would also give you a boost in admissions.
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