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Master of Science in Architecture

Focus your studies on Historic Preservation and Urban Design

Students in the MS in Architecture program may choose to focus their path of study on the challenges, skills and concepts of historic preservation and urban design in preparation for professional practice in the field. Courses in this area are broadly suited for students with backgrounds in environmental design, architecture, urban planning, history, law, art history and other fields.

Historic preservation is fundamental to the work of architects and urban planners as communities around the globe increasingly look to conserve and creatively reuse their historic architectural resources. Engaging the material fabric of our rich cultural past, historic preservation involves knowledge of our urban and architectural histories, the craft and technical methods of preservation and sustainable design, and the development of supportive policy and planning tools.

What will you be studying?

MS in Architecture courses in historic preservation and urban design include history and theory, technical methods, sustainability, preservation planning and design. Including planning practicums and urban design studios, this path of study takes full advantage of the incredible historic resources in the Buffalo Niagara region. Faculty expertise is also global in scope, including historic urban landscape management for the developing world and experience in restoring historic buildings across the United States. Study abroad options at the School of Architecture and Planning range from Barcelona to Estonia to Tokyo.

Sample Curriculum

URP529 Documentation and Field Methods in Historic Preservation 3
URP501 Evolution of Urban Structure: History 1 3
ARC 565 Urban Design: Understanding Form – Urban Design 1 3
URP581 Historic Preservation Planning Practicum – Studio 1, HP Track with Prof. Kerry Traynor 7
Total Semester Credits   16
URP528 Foundations in Historic Preservation 3
ARC535 American Architecture and Urbanism – History 2 3
ARC566 Urban Design: Case Studies – Urban Design 2 3
ARC527LEC Global Perspectives in Historic Preservation – Preservation Theory 3
 ARC/URP  Elective  3
Total Semester Credits   15
URP581/ARC605 Urban Design Studio – Studio 2, with Prof. Hiro Hata 7
ARC/URP Elective 3
ARC699 Thesis/ Capstone 7
Total Semester Credits   17

Cost of study

The University at Buffalo is the only institution in the SUNY system to offer graduate-level options in real estate development. Make a smart investment in your future – pursue an MS in Architectecture with a focus on real estate development at UB. 

Full-Time per Semester

  Domestic In-State Domestic out-of-State International
Tuition $5,435 $11,105 $11,105
Fees $1,257 $1,257 $1,257
International Student Fee $0 $0 $100
SA&P Fee $237 $237 $237

Further details are available at:
Note: tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.

Updated: July 2017

Part-Time per Semester

(per credit up to 11) Domestic In-State Domestic out-of-State International
Tuition $453 $925 $925
Fees $99 $99 $99
Activity Fee (per semester) $64 $64 $64
Transcript fee (per semester) $5 $5 $5
International Student Fee (per semester) $0 $0 $100
SA&P Fee (per semester) $237 $237 $237

Further details are available at:
Note: tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.

Updated: July 2017

The school's close engagement with its regional context in Buffalo supports hands-on learning in a world-class "laboratory" for historic preservation. Among the city's crown jewels - all legacies of the city's industrial wealth at the turn of the 20th century - are Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex, Louis Sullivan's Guaranty Building and a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park and parkway system. The city’s industrial landscape contains one of the nation’s largest clusters of grain elevators, widely regarded as a precedent for modernist architecture.

The School of Architecture and Planning has a long record of active engagement in the city's historic preservation movement that dates back to its founding in 1967. Our faculty, students and alumni have helped save landmarks from the wrecking ball, document the history of our urban fabric, build plans and policies for preservation, and adaptively reuse some of the city's most notable architecture. Just in recent years the school has developed a conservation district plan for one of Buffalo's oldest industrial neighborhoods, advanced new terra cotta restoration methods using digital design and fabrication technologies, and secured several National Register Historic District nominations.

Please Note:

If you are interested in becoming a professional historic preservationist, you may wish to review the Secretary of the Interior's requirements, which include a combination of education and experience.

Interested in a MS in Architecture?

Shannon Phillips
Assistant Dean for Graduate Education
130 Hayes Hall

We look forward to having you visit our School!

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