Historic Preservation

Students documenting a historic building in south Texas
HISTORIC PRESERVATION
HOW TO APPLY

Historic preservation seeks to find effective and artful ways of maintaining and reusing 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 Historic Preservation Program at The University of Texas at Austin exposes 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 reuse.

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. International travel is strongly supported by the program. Recent students have studied in Italy, Mexico, Turkey, and Ukraine, and there are also programs currently under development in China, France, and the Dominican Republic.

Historic preservation

DEGREES + PROGRAMS

The Historic Preservation Program at the University of Texas as Austin offers a graduate-level degree program and a doctoral-level degree in Historic Preservation, which can be achieved through the lens of Architecture or Community & Regional Planning.     

GRADUATE PH.D. 

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Ph.D. in Historic Preservation

HISTORIC PRESERVATION STUDENTS IN ACTION

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    “Hill Country Lowlands” by Mason Brown for Hope Hasbrouck and Claire Eddleman Heath’s @texas.landscape Design Studio II // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner<br /><br />@masonbrow @topococo @claireeddleman <br />
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    “Hill Country Lowlands” by Mason Brown for Hope Hasbrouck and Claire Eddleman Heath’s @texas.landscape Design Studio II // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner

    @masonbrow @topococo @claireeddleman

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    “Architecture After AI” is an exhibition and complementary symposium that explores the potential of artificial intelligence platforms to revolutionize the field of architecture, from the way buildings are designed, to the conception of new forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.<br />
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    “Architecture After AI” is an exhibition and complementary symposium that explores the potential of artificial intelligence platforms to revolutionize the field of architecture, from the way buildings are designed, to the conception of new forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.

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    On Monday, Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien join us for our first Jessen Lecture of the semester! 5:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Event details at the link in our bio. <br />
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    On Monday, Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien join us for our first Jessen Lecture of the semester! 5:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Event details at the link in our bio.

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    Join us in welcoming this semester’s slate of visiting faculty teaching at the school this spring!<br />
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    Join us in welcoming this semester’s slate of visiting faculty teaching at the school this spring!

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    This Wednesday, Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative kick off our Spring 2023 lecture series with their lecture “Inlays, Loose Fits, and Other Puzzling Forms of Assembly.” Lecture kicks off at 5:00 p.m. in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall.
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    This Wednesday, Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative kick off our Spring 2023 lecture series with their lecture “Inlays, Loose Fits, and Other Puzzling Forms of Assembly.” Lecture kicks off at 5:00 p.m. in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall.

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    Announcing our Spring 2023 Lecture Series ✨ This semester the school’s public programming builds on our ongoing exploration of issues vital to the study and practice of architecture, design, and the built environment. <br />
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    Announcing our Spring 2023 Lecture Series ✨ This semester the school’s public programming builds on our ongoing exploration of issues vital to the study and practice of architecture, design, and the built environment.

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    Villa et Thanatos (Facility for Dignified Death) by Gabi Gremillion (@gabi.renee), Kaley Polk (@kaleyreneaa), and Aya Wen (@ayawayalla) for Stephanie Choi’s (@lesssemioticsmorepsychedelics) Advanced Design Studio // 2021-22 Design Excellence Award Winner<br />
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    Villa et Thanatos (Facility for Dignified Death) by Gabi Gremillion (@gabi.renee), Kaley Polk (@kaleyreneaa), and Aya Wen (@ayawayalla) for Stephanie Choi’s (@lesssemioticsmorepsychedelics) Advanced Design Studio // 2021-22 Design Excellence Award Winner

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    Welcome back, y’all! Hope everyone has an amazing first class day of 2023 🤘
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    Welcome back, y’all! Hope everyone has an amazing first class day of 2023 🤘

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    “The Human Perspective” by @hattie_zapalac for @studiomodo’s Interior Design Intermediate 4 | 2021-22 Design Excellence Award Winner<br /><br />A proposal for updates to the Hal Box Athenaeum on the 4th floor of Goldsmith Hall, featuring Charles Moore’s iconic mural.<br />
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    “The Human Perspective” by @hattie_zapalac for @studiomodo’s Interior Design Intermediate 4 | 2021-22 Design Excellence Award Winner

    A proposal for updates to the Hal Box Athenaeum on the 4th floor of Goldsmith Hall, featuring Charles Moore’s iconic mural.