Historic Preservation

Historic preservation addresses change responsive to the historic environment. At a time when society increasingly realizes the historical and cultural value of that inherited environment and what has been lost through the destruction of buildings, landscapes, and communities, the field of historic preservation has become central to the design, adaptive use, planning, and management of buildings, cities, and regions. By understanding the time dimension in human culture, it identifies history as an integrated component of the continuous change responsible for the material, psychological, and symbolic qualities of our environment. The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation provides an integrated approach for architects, landscape architects, planners, historians, archaeologists, conservators, managers, and other professionals to understand, sustain, and transform the existing environment.

The identification and analysis of cultural places and their historic fabric, the determination of significance and value, and the design of appropriate conservation and management measures require special preparation in history, theory, documentation, technology, and planning. These subjects form the core of the program, which students build upon to define an area of emphasis including building conservation, site management, landscape preservation, preservation planning, and preservation design for those with a previous design degree.

Through coursework and dedicated studios and laboratories at the School of Design as well as through partnerships with other national and international institutions and agencies, students have unparalleled opportunities for study, internships, and sponsored research. Graduates can look toward careers focused on the design and preservation of the world's cultural heritage including buildings, engineering works, cultural landscapes, archaeological sites, and historic towns and cities.

Contact Information

Graduate Program in Historic Preservation 
115 Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-6311
215.898.3169
pennhspv@design.upenn.edu

Frank Matero 
Chair and Professor
215.898.3169
fgmatero@design.upenn.edu

Randall Mason
Associate Professor
215.898.3169
rfmason@design.upenn.edu

Aaron Wunsch
Assistant Professor
215.898.3169
wunsch@design.upenn.edu 

Francesca Ammon
Assistant Professor 
215.746.8235
fammon@design.upenn.edu

Pamela Hawkes
Professor of Practice
215.898.3169
pwh@scattergooddesign.com

Nadine Beauharnois
Administrative Assistant
215.898.3169
nadinebe@design.upenn.edu

Amanda Bloomfield
Program Coordinator
215.746.6441
amab@design.upenn.edu