Historic Preservation

Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation (MSD-HP)

The one-year Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation (MSD-HP) complements Weitzman’s long-standing two-year MSHP degree. The MSD-HP directly addresses the needs of practicing design professionals seeking post-professional training, specialization, or change in career path. The MSD-HP curriculum requires 12 course units and spans one calendar year – two full-time semesters, plus one summer studio course. Required core courses include either HSPV 5210 American Architecture or a history elective, HSPV 6400 Contemporary Design in Historic Settings, HSPV 6600/6610 Theories of Historic Preservation, HSPV 6240/6270 Digital Media, HSPV 7030 Advanced Studio, and HSPV 7070 Post Professional Studio (2 course units) in the early summer. Personalized curricula can accommodate advanced thesis research or additional studios. Three historic preservation electives and two open electives will complete the 12 course units of study. All courses must be pre-approved by the student’s advisor prior to registration each semester. 

MSD-HP students must possess a professional degree in design or planning fields (architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, urban planning, urban design, engineering) from an accredited University, and at least three years of professional experience. 

Printable PDF of the Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation (MSD-HP) Requirements

Note: the course numbers in parentheses reference the course numbers from the legacy student record system. Beginning with the Summer 2022 term, all courses at Penn will utilize 4-digit course numbers. Both the new 4-digit course number and the old 3-digit course number are listed below to facilitate a translation between old and new numbering systems.

Fall

HSPV 5210 (521) American Architecture or History Seminar 1
HSPV 6240 (624) Digital Media I .5
HSPV 6600 (660) Theories of Historic Preservation I .5
HSPV 6400 (640) Contemporary Design in Historic Settings 1
HSPV XXXX Elective I 1
  General Elective I 1

[HSPV 7010 (701) Preservation Studio can substitute for two electives]

Spring

HSPV 6270 (627) Digital Media II .5
HSPV 6610 (661) Theories of Historic Preservation II  .5

HSPV 7030 (703)/7050 (705)

Advanced Studio 1
HSPV XXXX Elective II 1
HSPV XXXX Elective III 1
  General Elective II 1

[HSPV Thesis may substitute for 2 CUs]

Summer (mid-May to mid-June)

HSPV 7070 (707) Post-Professional Studio 2

Total Cus 12