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Master of Historic Preservation

University of Oregon

The oldest program on the West Coast, where students can study a city’s rich physical and social heritage and participate in the dynamic planning processes that are shaping today's urban sustainability.


School of Architecture and Environment, Department of Historic Preservation
White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch St
Portland, Oregon, 97209, United States

What We Offer

Summary

Please contact Jessica Wu at jwu21@uoregon.edu for more information.

Historic preservation is a conversation with our past about our future. It provides us with opportunities to ask, "What is important in our history?" and "What parts of our past can we preserve for the future?" Through historic preservation, we look at history in different ways, ask different questions of the past, and learn new things about our history and ourselves. Historic preservation is an important way for us to transmit our understanding of the past to future generations. People think HP is like Colonial Williamsburg, just big fancy houses. But we work in vernacular architecture as well with every day buildings (ranch buildings, nationals park). We focus on the physical properties of buildings. Students at sites and looking at “what’s it made of, how we got here, where it’s going, how to re-purpose, and assess conditions”.

Our nation's history has many facets, and historic preservation helps tell these stories. Sometimes historic preservation involves celebrating events, people, places, and ideas that we are proud of; other times it involves recognizing moments in our history that can be painful or uncomfortable to remember.

The College of Design’s Historic Preservation program—the oldest such program on the West Coast—operates out of the University of Oregon’s Portland campus, where students can study the city’s rich physical and social heritage and participate in the dynamic planning processes that are shaping this center of urban sustainability. The program combines leading-edge academic research with outstanding teaching from experienced practitioners in design, planning, and heritage conservation and produces leaders in the public sector, in private practice, and in nonprofit advocacy. Students have exciting opportunities to interact with design firms, local developers, and preservation activists in the Portland metropolitan area, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Our graduate program focuses on research and instruction in both the theory and practice of historic preservation in the US and the world, with a focus on both the physical and social aspects of cultural resources. Students have the opportunity to concentrate in one of three areas:
1. Sustainable Preservation Design
2. Cultural Resource Management Planning
3. Cultural Heritage and History

Core courses include the basics of identification and designation of properties for official listing, legal aspects of protection and regulation of the treatment of historic properties, and the history of buildings and intangible traditions that make up our cultural heritage. You’ll augment your core courses by doing fieldwork in both urban and rural contexts and work with professionals and public officials concerned with preserving historic resources. Each student carries out an in-depth capstone project (thesis or client-oriented report) in which they apply the skills they have gained on an independent research effort.

The Historic Preservation Program has an interdisciplinary focus within the School of Architecture & Environment in the College of Design. Some students have chosen to develop specialties and concurrent master’s degrees in related fields such as architecture; landscape architecture; and planning, public policy and management. Others have created more unique combinations with studies in museums, economic development, and Russian and East European studies.


Academic Fields

Historic Preservation and Conservation.
Social Sciences, General.
History, General.
Architecture.
Archeology.

Degrees

Master's Degree, MS, Master of Science in Historic Preservation


Formats

Full Time, Part Time, On-Campus

Keywords

Historic Preservation, Archaeology, Social Science, Architecture, History

Contacts

Jessica Wu

Jessica Wu
Graduate Recruitment Manager
jwu21@uoregon.edu
jwu21@uoregon.edu
541-346-8053

Roxi Thoren

Roxi Thoren
Department Head
rthoren@uoregon.edu
rthoren@uoregon.edu

Who We're Looking For

Summary

Our program emphasizes experiential learning in which students apply their academic study to field-based preservation work. This commitment starts with our field school, in which students learn practical skills in building materials and construction on historic sites throughout the Pacific Northwest and continues with a variety of partnerships with preservation organizations, such as state and national parks agencies, the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, the Oregon Historical Society, and the City of Portland.

We are looking for students who are innovative, creative, determined, and understanding of city and environments' culture and tradition. Students will work to collaborate with each other and professional organizations to mimic real-world situations and research. Students should be prepared to work in the field, whether it be urban, suburban, or rural related and most importantly, have the desire to participate in leading-edge academic research with outstanding teaching from experienced practitioners in design, planning, and heritage conservation and produces leaders in the public sector, in private practice, and in nonprofit advocacy.


Academic Backgrounds

Accounting and Business/Management.
Archeology.
Architecture.
History, General.
Interior Design.
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Target GPA

A- = 3.3-3.6

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