Historic Preservation Department of Architecture

Historic Preservation

A process of design for continuity and the management of change


There is widespread demand for professionals with specialized training in historic preservation. Certificate holders can gain employment advantages in fields related to archaeology, architecture, business, engineering, geography, historic preservation, history, interior design, landscape architecture, law, museum studies, political science, public policy, social science and urban and regional planning. Many government jobs within federal, state, and local agencies specifically require or desire graduate level training in historic preservation. All states, many counties, and most large cities have non-profit organizations and societies devoted to historic preservation. And within the construction industry there is currently a huge trend upwards in adaptive use of existing buildings, especially within previously abandoned downtown areas. Refer to the career resources page for a listing of organizations which routinely offer related internships.