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Graduate Record 2008-2009 
Graduate Record 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Historic Preservation Certificate

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The interdisciplinary program in Historic Preservation offers master’s degree candidates in architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture and urban and environmental planning the opportunity to expand their professional studies through specialized training in the ethics and practice of historic preservation. Preservation has grown increasingly important in defining a civic sense of place, buttressing sustainable communities, conserving urban neighborhoods, protecting rural and scenic areas, and enriching public understanding of social, cultural, and architectural history. The program provides the opportunities for graduate students to develop the skills and expertise of the preservation practitioner within their own discipline, while at the same time studying the breadth of preservation work in related fields. Faculty from all four disciplines in the School of Architecture and distinguished visiting practitioners teach the preservation courses.


Students wishing to enter the Historic Preservation program must first be admitted to one of the graduate departments in the School of Architecture. In order to ensure proper academic advising and program coordination, students interested in the Historic Preservation program should attend the program meeting at the start of the fall semester. Upon arriving at the Architecture School they should also file a program participation form with the Architecture School’s registrar. Students who complete the required 21 credits of preservation course work receive a Certificate in Historic Preservation, in addition to their department’s master’s degree. There are individual courses that fulfill the requirements of the historic preservation certificate curriculum that also fulfill requirements within a student’s departmental curriculum. Thus, students normally complete the course work for the historic preservation certificate during the same period in which they complete their degree program.

Historic Preservation Certificate Curriculum

Work in the Historic Preservation Program is grouped into four general areas.

Inquiries should be addressed to Director, Historic Preservation Program, School of Architecture, P.O. Box 400122, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4122.

Foundations of Preservation Core

Foundations of Preservation Core is made up of six courses divided into three thematic groups that provide an ethical and conceptual overview of preservation. Certificate candidates take four of six courses in this core that are divided as follows: they take the one course in Group A, one of two courses in Group B, and two of three courses in Group C. (12 credits total):


(candidates take the one course, 3 credits)


(candidates take two of the three courses, 6 credits)

Community History, Design, and Planning Core

Community History, Design, and Planning Core is a year-long interdisciplinary research, design, and planning project that focuses on preservation-related projects in a single community (6-9 credits):

Community History Workshop

(3 credits, fall semester, for all certificate candidates)

One of the following:

Community Preservation Studio (6 credits, spring semester, for architecture and landscape architecture students)
Community Public History and Planning Seminar (3 credits, spring semester, for architectural history and planning students)


There are numerous elective courses available that cover specialized aspects of historic preservation. Students in architectural history and planning are required to take at least one elective course that permits them to pursue work in their own particular discipline with greater depth. This 3 credit course equalizes the credit differential that arises in the community history core and gives all certificate candidates the required 21 credits.


A required internship permits students to obtain valuable experience in preservation-related work. Students may pursue the internship either during the school year or during the summer. Students have taken advantage of numerous internship opportunities with US/ICOMOS, National Park Service, HABS/HAER/HALS, English Heritage, Preservation Action, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Monticello, local planning authorities, and with preservation planning and design firms. UVa’s Institute for Public History coordinates a summer internship program with numerous Virginia institutions and communities that is open to students in the School of Architecture. Students who enroll in the preservation program with substantial prior work in the preservation field will have the internship requirement waived.

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