The Historic Preservation program offered by Columbia University relies on the architectural and historic riches of New York City and beyond—using the city as a laboratory to engage other sites and histories throughout the country and the world. As the first historic preservation and heritage conservation program in the United States, founded by James Marston Fitch in 1964, it not only remains a model for preservation programs but continues to set new creative standards and directions for the field. The program insists that preservation is as much a technical, political, and historical practice as it is a creative one.
In many ways, the Historic Preservation program owes its international reputation to the community of qualified students, pioneering faculty, visiting scholars, advanced researchers, and free-thinking professionals it attracts, educates, and sustains. Individuals graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance the rapidly evolving field of preservation and join the vibrant network of alumni redefining the boundaries and practice of heritage conservation around the world. The program’s focus on environmental, social, and technological questions has become increasingly global in scope as well, with faculty and students conducting field research projects on historic buildings not only in New York and New Jersey, but in countries such as Cuba, Norway, Haiti, and Italy.
The program stresses the importance of analytical thinking and effective communication in the preservation of architectural heritage. This emphasis on communication is evidenced in the program’s peer-reviewed journal Future Anterior, which is an international point of reference in preservation theory. It is also fostered in the program’s uniquely studio- and design-based curriculum, which is built on a strong foundation of history, theory, policy, and conservation science. The program is structured around a sequence of three studios that culminate in a year-long independent research thesis.
- HP Elective Internship
- Studio I-Historic Preservation Studio
- Advanced Studio Ill-Historic Preservation Technology Studio
- Old Buildings, New Forms
- Historic Preservation Theory & Practice
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed
DisciplinesCivil Engineering & Construction View 364 other Masters in Civil Engineering & Construction in United States
- Online Application
- Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
- All applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores (with the exception of Introduction to Architecture applicants). At this time there is no minimum TOEFL score required for admission. We do not accept the TOEFL ITP. We do not accept the IELTS in lieu of the TOEFL.
International58980 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 58980 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
National58980 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 58980 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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