The Historic Preservation Program prepares leaders to address the great challenges of protecting the world's architectural, cultural, and historical heritage in the face of profound change. The multi-disciplinary program has set the standard in the dynamic field of historic preservation and heritage conservation since James Marston Fitch founded it in 1964 as the first such program in the United States.
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The program's renowned faculty uses the architectural and historic riches of New York City as its laboratory, while encouraging study throughout the United States and the world. The Columbia University curriculum stresses the development of analytical thinking and effective communication, coupled with a strong base of knowledge in history, theory, conservation science, planning and policy, and design. Students graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance this rapidly evolving field and thus join the vibrant network of alumni who are already redefining the boundaries and practice of heritage conservation around the world. The Historic Preservation Program offers a curriculum of extraordinary diversity. The curriculum includes a series of core courses, providing each student with basic knowledge of the field, and then broadens, allowing each student the opportunity to develop his or her own focus. The core curriculum is the focus of a student's first year. The centerpiece of the curriculum is studio. Students work individually and in groups within a studio environment, meeting one-on-one with each of the studio faculty. Key to the core curriculum is a course entitled Theory and Practice of Historic Preservation that provides each student with a grounding in the historical ideas behind the field. Students also take Preservation Planning and Policy, an introduction to planning as a preservation tool; Building Systems and Materials, which introduces building techniques and materials, and American Architecture I, a history of architecture in the United States through the 1880s. Several of the first semester courses continue into a student's second semester.
Programme Structure Courses Included: Studio I (6 points) American Architecture I Theory & Practice of Historic Preservation Preservation Planning & Policy Building Systems & Materials Studio II American Architecture II
Academic Entry Requirement
Admission Requirements: Create and complete an online application. Enter contact information for recommenders. M.S. HP requires three letters of recommendation. Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable). Send GRE score report to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office. A minimum verbal score of 150 is required. Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).