The UMass Amherst Historic Preservation Program, part of the Department of Architecture, draws from the rich resources of a major public research university and a wealth of regional places and institutions in order to offer a professional degree in historic preservation which will prepare students for diverse careers in the stewardship of place. Graduates can pursue different tracks that will teach them techniques for the care and rehabilitation of old places, ways to advance advocacy for saving historic buildings and landscapes, and philosophical and legal frameworks for developing new policies for making preservation a partner in the development of sustainable, beautiful, and just communities.
Directed by Max Page, the Historic Preservation program is committed to scholarship, sustainability, and action through its various educational initiatives, which include:
- A one- or two-year Master of Design in Historic Preservation degree
- A joint, three- or four-year Master of Design in Historic Preservation and Master of Architecture degree
- Individual courses for professionals, historical commission members, and others with an interest in preservation
- Regular lectures and symposia on key topics in preservation, all open to the public
- Summer field school