Historic Preservation Cert. & Architecture Masters from University of Utah

The University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning offers both a Certificate in Historic Preservation and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS) that focuses heavily on historic preservation and reuse.

The MSAS program is designed for students seeking education in a specialty area (historic preservation, architectural technology, digital fabrication, visual representation) of architectural practice or as a consulting specialist. The program can be completed by students in approximately two years of study and prepares students for professional practice in a specialty area of architecture. This degree is not accredited to gain licensure for practice as an architect or other field requiring professional licensing. Any student wishing to enter the program must apply for acceptance in the fall semester prior to their first year of study.

Here’s a message to Storm from Robert A. Young, FAPT, Hon. AIA-UTAH, PE, LEED AP, who is both Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation Program Director:
Overall, our School of Architecture vision and mission aligns well with what you describe in your book, The Restoration Economy, as a trimodal development perspective where we engage students in learning about new development, maintenance/conservation, and restorative development.

As such, we do have both an Historic Preservation Certificate and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies program that deal specifically with preservation and reuse through stewardship of the built environment. Our graduate level interdisciplinary HP Certificate courses, hosted by 4 programs (Architecture, Planning, History, and Public Administration), have drawn students from those departments as well as from real estate development and anthropology, and non-matriculated students from the downtown professional firms and citizens from the local community.

While we cover the methods of traditional historic preservation education, collectively the course work enables the students to recognize that preservation and reuse are viable approaches to enhancing sustainability, resilience, and regeneration. Our overarching approach in these courses is one of stewardship of the built environment wherein it is recognized that changes to the built environment ultimately affect the natural environment. In this manner, students understand that there are more ways to enhance the environment through reuse and rehabilitation of existing buildings rather than continuing to solely create what may be called “green sprawl” at the suburban periphery.

See Certificate in Historic Preservation Program & photo credit.

See Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS) Program.


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