• Master of Science in Historic Preservation
  • Master of Architecture with certificate in Historic Preservation
  • Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning with specialization in Historic Preservation
  • Ph.D. in Architecture/ Historic Preservation
  • Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning/ Historic Preservation

Historic preservation seeks to find effective and artful ways to maintain and reuse significant buildings, landscapes, and communities. Central to the discipline is the attempt to preserve cultural identity in the face of the threats of urban sprawl and loss of social diversity.

The preservation programs at the University of Texas at Austin expose students to multiple fields in the discipline of historic preservation — architectural conservation and documentation, historic site management, and preservation planning and development. The coursework is practical, technical, and theoretical in scope, encompassing the study of history, research techniques, materials conservation, documentation and interpretation of historic resources, restoration methodologies, and sensitive design for adaptive use. Students explore a wide array of historic properties, from rural vernacular sites to significant works of the Modern Movement, from interior furnishings and buildings to landscapes and urban centers. The special emphasis of the program is on works of the later nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially on examples of Modernism. Many of the faculty members actively work and research in this area, and the university is among the leading centers in the field. The material and historical aspects of the recent past receive special attention, but students also encounter other, older buildings and sites, preparing them to work in a variety of fields. International travel is strongly supported; recent student studies have taken place in Italy, Mexico, Turkey, and Ukraine. Programs are under development in China, France, and the Dominican Republic.

Several distinct preservation programs available to students in the School of Architecture. The core degree, the Master's of Science in Historic Preservation (M.S.H.P.), is an intensive two-year program in preservation studies. The School also offers a certificate program through the M.Arch. program. The M.S.C.R.P. degree, through the Community and Regional Planning Program, offers a specialization in Historic Preservation. A Ph.D. in Historic Preservation is available through the architectural history program, and a Ph.D. in Preservation Planning is available through the Community and Regional Planning Program.

Areas of Emphasis

Preservation History and Theory
Architectural History and Theory
Cultural Resource Management
Materials Conservation

Additional information may be obtained from Michael Holleran, Program Director.