About the Program
San Antonio’s history, historic sites, and strong cultural heritage make the city an exceptional location for graduate-level education in historic preservation. The program's faculty are primarily architects and four out of five of the students receiving the Certificate are currently pursuing the M.Arch degree to become architects. Students in this program are trained from the perspective of the lead designer and project manager, the role of the architect on a preservation project. The regional appreciation of cultural heritage and strength of existing faculty attracted Certificate Program Coordinator William A. Dupont to the College of Architecture in 2007. As the architect for the National Trust Historic Sites, Professor Dupont recognized the value of the city’s historic sites and identified the potential and need for a formal degree program in the preservation field located in San Antonio. Student demand for historic preservation classes at UTSA was already high. Several graduate level preservation classes were offered each semester, and filled to capacity. In 2008, under the direction of Professor Dupont, UTSA’s College of Architecture created the Certificate in Historic Preservation.