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Master of Science in Architecture

Specialization in Historic Preservation and Urban Design

A joint specialization of the Department of Architecture and Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the 1.5-year Master of Science in Architecture specializing in Historic Preservation and Urban Design exposes students to the challenges, skills and concepts of historic preservation and urban design in preparation for professional practice in the field. Students from diverse backgrounds in environmental design, architecture, urban planning, history, law, art history and other fields may qualify for the program.

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

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.

For additional information or if you have any questions regarding our programs in Historic Preservation, please feel free to send an email to:


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