Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

Graduate students in Prof. Ashima Krishna’s Fall 2017 URP529: Documentation and Field Methods course exploring architectural styles in Buffalo’s historic Linwood neighborhood.

Graduate students in Prof. Ashima Krishna’s Fall 2017 URP529: Documentation and Field Methods course exploring architectural styles in Buffalo’s historic Linwood neighborhood.

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation program welcomes interested students with educational and professional backgrounds in fields as diverse as architecture, planning, law, archaeology, history, journalism, art history and urban studies.

The Advanced Certificate in Historic Preservation may also be pursued concurrently with the Master of Urban Planning, the Master of Architecture degree or other graduate degrees at the University at Buffalo.

Curricular elements include history and theory, methods, preservation planning and design and taking advantage of the incredible historic resources in the Buffalo Niagara region.

What will I be studying?

  • Introductory: URP 528 Foundations of Historic Preservation, 3 crd
  • Advanced: URP 529 Preservation Documentation and Methods, 3 crd
  • URP 581 or URP 582, Planning practicum specializing in historic preservation.  To be taken in consultation with the specialization director
  • History of the Built Environment Courses (minimum 2 courses)
    • URP 501 Evolution of Urban Structure
    • ARC 531 Architecture History 1
    • ARC 534 Architecture History 2
    • Any other course on history of the built environment, by permission
  • Specialization paper, consisting of one of the following, as approved by the specialization director:
    • Masters Project relevant to the specialization
    • Thesis relevant to the specialization
    • Independent study relevant to the specialization

How much will it cost?

Tuition and fees: $10,497
Books and supplies: $1,438
On-campus room & board: $11,144

What are the other costs of this program?

For further program cost information click here.

* The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financial support options are available for this program?

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

  • Federal loans: *
  • Private education loans: *
  • Institutional financing plan: *

*There were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of graduates.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to take 1 year to complete.* 

* Fewer than 10 students completed this program in 2014-15. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

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.

Meet the Historic Preservation Affiliated Faculty

Associate Professor Hiroaki Hata holds a post-professional degree in urban design from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University.
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.
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. 
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.
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.

Would you like to learn more?

Recruitment team for Graduate Education
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