Historic Preservation: Cultural Heritage: Building Materials and Documentation


Recycling historic buildings and infrastructure is a sustainable practice. It can combat marginalized communities' erasure, conserve resources, serve as restorative justice, create and maintain affordable housing, generate local jobs, educate the public, preserve history, help address climate change, and foster economic growth. Architects are often faced with the challenge of implementing adaptive reuse strategies for projects that vary in scale and complexity. When intervening in a historic structure, the professional should understand the historical technologies, the materials, and the character-defining features that make the building unique.

In the Stackable Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation: Cultural Heritage: Building Materials and Documentation, students will gain foundational skills and knowledge to approach projects that assess historic structures' conservation and the strategies that guarantee their safeguard.

The stackable graduate certificate is open to any UT Austin degree-seeking graduate student and requires three classes (nine credit hours).


  • ONLY the ARC graduate sections of the courses listed below may fulfill the Stackable Graduate Certificate requirements.
  • Please do not register for a cross-listing in another discipline or an undergraduate section. It is not possible to count any other section toward this Stackable Graduate Certificate. 

Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator with any course registration questions or for more information. 


Fall Courses

ARC 385T Architectural Conservation: Lab Methods
ARC 386M Graphic Documentation

Spring Courses

ARC 385T Architectural Conservation: Field Methods