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Master of Design: Historic Preservation

The UMass Amherst Historic Preservation Program, part of the Department of Architecture, offers a unique opportunity for advanced study in historic preservation at this major public university, with the benefits of the first public Master of Architecture program in New England, a leading Public History program, and significant faculty in areas of material science, landscape architecture, and building construction technology. The program 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 Eldra-Dominique Walker, the Historic Preservation program is committed to scholarship, sustainability, and action through its various educational initiatives, which include:

Evidence of design background, historic preservation policy knowledge, and/or expertise in the building trades is required for admission.

Credits may be transferable to alternate advanced degree programs as well as AIA Mandatory Continuing Education.


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