Welcome Historic Preservation Students

Welcome and congratulations! We are very pleased that you are considering joining us.

Ours is unique among preservation departments for its holistic grasp of the field. The marriage of critical and practical proficiency is our goal – and the hallmark of the 700+ Penn grads working in preservation all over the world. This program also has a long history, so our faculty have expertise in the whole range of areas needed to succeed in practice: preservation planning, site management, history, design, and, of course, architectural conservation.

We hope that we will see you at our Open House on Monday, March 27, 2017. Open House provides a wonderful opportunity to meet faculty and current students, tour the facilities, attend information sessions about the program and school, and experience first-hand the unique culture at PennDesign. Also, please take a few minutes to check out the information we've posted on our website, including the most recent issue of Prospectus, the latest issue of the Penn journal Change Over Time, faculty and student work, upcoming events, course listings, student theses, and more.

We look forward to welcoming you to Penn and the long tradition of excellence in historic preservation in the School of Design.

Summer Workshop Begins August 14, 2017

We have scheduled a pre-semester Historic Preservation Workshop for all incoming students taking place on campus before classes formally begin - from Monday, August 14 through Thursday, August 24, 2017. We ask for everyone's participation in the workshop as it serves several purposes: it begins your orientation to Philadelphia and its history and architecture; it provides a chance to begin working with the Program's faculty; it gives the first-year cohort the a chance to get to know one another; and the workshop introduces some of the important skills, questions, and issues that will be at the center of your first year's work in the Program (in particular, skills in documentation, descriptive analysis of buildings and places, and critical historiography). There will be a PennDesign New Student Orientation on Friday, August 25 and PennDesign Studio & Elective Presentations and Welcome Back Happy Hour on Monday, August 28. The first official day of classes is Tuesday, August 29. A detailed schedule will be provided in July.

Get to Know Us Better

Current graduate students Katie Levesque (MSHP'18), Evan Oxland (MSHP'17), and Sarah Scott (MSHP/MCP'19) are happy to answer questions you may have about the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. Click on their names to check out their student profiles, or take a look at our Program blog! If you can’t make it to Philadelphia for Open House on March 27, please contact Nadine Beauharnois (nadinebe@design.upenn.edu) to arrange a visit at another time.

Learn more about the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation faculty on our People page.