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Certificate Programs in Historic Preservation

Program Requirements and Curriculum

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

1. Required Foundations Course: 

URP 528 Foundations of Historic Preservation (3 credits) - Historic Preservation theory related to planning and design, emphasizing preservation practice, including tools of effective preservation, legislation, community planning roles, economics, adaptive use, and management.  Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork.

2. Required Methods Course: 

URP 529 Preservation Documentation and Methods (3 credits) - Addresses research methods and documentation techniques used in preservation planning to identify and record historic structures and sites.  Research techniques include the development of site descriptions, historical narratives, reviewing existing scholarly and/or professional literature, collecting primary and secondary data, skills in architectural photography, and measured drawings.  Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork.

3. Required History of the Designed Environment Courses (select a minimum of 2 courses)

  1. URP 501 Evolution of Urban Structure (3 credits): Covers the evolution of urban and regional structure and function through a historic lens. Examines the social, economic, political, cultural, and technological forces and trends shaping places and urban landscapes. Outlines the history of the urban planning profession and planning

  2. ARC 531 Architecture History 1 (3 credits): Introduces the development of urban and architectural form in a cultural context from the first settlements of Neolithic times to the consolidation of architecture as a discipline in the 1450s.

  3. ARC 534 Architecture History 2 (3 credits): Introduces the fundamentals of architectural design from the theory and practice of the 1450's to the built and written manifestos of modern times. Situates the evolution of the architectural discipline within the context of social, cognitive and technological transformation.

  4. ARC 535 American Architecture and Urbanism (3 credits) :An introduction to the history of American architecture with emphasis on American urbanism. Historical and contemporary review for exploring the underpinnings of American architecture and urbanism in past, present, and future situations.

4. Required Core Practicum

URP 581 Planning Practicum OR URP 582 Planning Practicum 2 (6 credits) - Undertakes a practical planning project in cooperation with a local or regional agency. With faculty guidance, students manage the project through initial conceptualization, precedent analysis, information gathering, analysis, interim and final reporting, and presentation.

Total minimum credits required for Advanced Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation:  18 credits

The Advance Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation is meant to build upon the work students have begun in their previous degree programs, their professional work, and/or concurrent graduate study where applicable. To that end:

  • Prior coursework that has been used toward a conferred graduate degree may not be used toward the HP certificate.
  • Undergraduate coursework cannot be used toward the Advance Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation.