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Master of Science in Architecture

Focus your studies on Historic Preservation

Graduate students in Prof. Kerry Traynor’s Fall 2017 URP 581: Preservation Planning Practicum aboard the USS Columbia, working on its documentation. 

Students in the MS in Architecture program may choose to focus their path of study on the challenges, skills and concepts of historic preservation 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
Methods requirement
3*
ARC Shop Techniques Class–TBA  3
ARC 531 Architectural History–Ancient to 1450
History 1
3*
END581 Planning Practicum specializing in Historic Preservation
HP Track Studio with Prof. Kerry Traynor
7*
     
Total Semester Credits   16
URP528 Foundations in Historic Preservation 3*
ARC527 Global Perspectives in Historic Preservation
Preservation Theory
3
URP690 Historic Preservation Colloquium 1
ARC534 Architectural History–1450 to present
History 2
3*
 ARC567 Directed Pre-Thesis Research  3
  Elective 1
Total Semester Credits   16
ARC565 Understanding Urban Form 3
URP501 Evolution of Urban Structure
History 3
3
  Elective 3
ARC699 Thesis/ Capstone 7
Total Semester Credits   16

(Updated August 04, 2017)

*  These courses qualify a student for the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation. 

Adjustments to this curriculum are possible with the written permission of the Co-directors.

Students in the historic preservation track of the MS in Architecture + Advanced Graduate Certificate program are expected to:

  • Complete a total of 48 credit hours
  • These credit hours have to include three semesters of history of the built environment, especially if the student has no background in this area
  • Fulfill the core requirements listed below, unless the student gets a course substitution approved by the program directors
  • Have one committee member on file by the first week of the second semester, and both committee members finalized by the end of the second semester.
  • Successfully defend and submit a thesis and have it approved by the special committee and the Graduate School, or complete a special project.

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: http://studentaccounts.buffalo.edu/tuition/fall.php
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: http://studentaccounts.buffalo.edu/tuition/fall.php
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.

Graduates from the MS in Architecture focusing on Historic Preservation also qualify for the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

Recent News

11/9/17
Urban planning students have assumed an almost investigative role as they explore two of Buffalo’s most historically significant — and hidden — landscapes: the Buffalo Belt Line, a former passenger rail line that loops the city almost unnoticed; and the Scajaquada Creek, a largely buried 13-mile stream whose shores trace the evolution of Buffalo.
9/28/15
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, an important piece of Buffalo's architectural and cultural history, is now officially on the National Register of Historic Places, thanks, in part, to the efforts of students in the School of Architecture and Planning's historic preservation program. 
6/17/16

UB students KelseyLiz Habla and Charles Canfield have an award-winning proposal to turn Buffalo’s Cyclorama Building into a year-round home for the beloved theatre company Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

7/27/16

Edmund B. Hayes Hall, the iconic building with a fascinating story on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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.

Meet our program directors

10/20/17
Ashima Krishna is an architect and historic preservation planner whose research spans the management of historic urban landscapes in developing countries, adaptive reuse of religious historic structures and landscapes, and world heritage sites in the developing world.
9/22/17
Erkin Özay is a registered architect and an urbanist with a research focus on urban asset distribution practices and their spatial impacts on the city, with a specific concentration on the design of educational environments. 

Meet the Historic Preservation Affiliated Faculty

6/1/16
Associate Professor Hiroaki Hata holds a post-professional degree in urban design from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University.
9/22/17

Despina Stratigakos is a historian and writer interested in the intersections of architecture and power. Her latest book, Hitler at Home, investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity.

10/26/16
Kerry Traynor has been working in the field of historic preservation for over 20 years. Professor Traynor has a diverse background including work in the private and public sectors, as well as in academia.

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 Master of Science in Architecture?

Would you like to learn more?

Contact:
Shannon Phillips
Assistant Dean for Graduate Education
130 Hayes Hall
716-829-5224
gradrecruitment@ap.buffalo.edu

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