Core objectives of Preservation Design are to supplement the student’s graduate training with the philosophical, technical, planning, and design considerations that come into play when faced with existing or heritage buildings or sites at a variety of scales and levels of significance. Students in the concentration may have varied prior studies or have varied professional goals. Thus, the concentration will be tailored to specific interests and prior experience through consultation with Faculty Advisors. Students with a professional design degree and at least three years work experience are recommended to the Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation (MSD-HP). MSHP Students who complete the Preservation Design concentration will be able to:
- Understand the role of values—historic, aesthetic, social, political, scientific and economic, among others--in shaping thoughtful strategies for intervention as well as community/stakeholder response to it.
- Apply current methodologies to assess the multiple tangible and intangible values associated with historic sites at varying scales and significance and identify the most effective interventions for their conservation and/or adaptive reuse.
- Understand, prioritize and resolve the technical issues that arise when adapting or preserving historic buildings, including changing use, legal requirements, building systems and materials failures.
- Observe, analyze and communicate the key characteristics of significant settings as a framework for new design or evaluation of design responses in historic contexts.
- Develop the capacity to propose (at the concept stage) and respond successfully to regulations such as design guidelines for the conservation of structures, landscapes and urban heritage sites.