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Students enrolling full-time in the 45 credit-hour curriculum typically complete the program in 3 or 4 semesters, or 18 months. However, coursework other than the completion of the capstone requirement may be accomplished in a period of residency as short as 15 months. Students receiving significant transfer credit and those with a related degree may further reduce the time required for the Master of Science in Historic Preservation degree.



Fall I

Class Title

Possible meeting times [Consult current class registration calendar.]


HIPR 6010

Preservation Theory and Practice

Th 5:30pm - 8:15


HIPR 6310

Documentation, Analysis & Representation

Th 9:30am - 12:15


HIPR 6210

Survey, Significance, and Recognition

F 9:30am - 12:15


Choose 1 or 2


History core selection


3 or 6




HIPR 6170/71

Studio + Seminar (6)





12 to 15





HIPR 6110

Regionalism(s) & Vernacular in Context

Th  9:30 - 12:20


HIPR 6410

Urban Conservation: Context for Reuse

Tu 9:30 – 12:20


HIPR 6510

Building Conservation: Evidence & Intervention

F 1:00 - 2:45


Choose 1 or 2



History core selection

3 to 6




HIPR 6170/71

Studio + Seminar (6)


LDAR 6949

Research Tools, Strategies & Methods





12 to 15

Maymester and/or Summer (it may be possible to complete a thesis or professional project in the summer)

Choose 0 or 1

HIPR 6610

Reading the City

Maymester w/ travel to Chicago

0 or 3

HIPR 6710

Working Landscapes

Maymester w/ travel in Colorado

Choose 0, 1 or 2

HIPR 6170/71

Studio + Seminar (6)

(may be offered Summer)






HIPR 6930 (for credit)




or 3




0 to 12

Fall II




Choose 1, 2 or 3




3 to 9

HIPR 6170/71

Studio + Seminar (6)


Choose 1

HIPR 6851

Professional Project


3 or 6

HIPR 6951






3 to 15

HIPR 6010 Preservation Theory and Practice [3 credit hours]

The practice of historic preservation has evolved in a specific policy context. This course introduces basic American institutions and laws associated with preservation (e.g., National Register, National Historic Preservation Act [NHPA], National Trust) as well as standards, definitions, and practices associated with these. Additionally, concepts such as design review, local government permitting, tax incentives, etc. will be introduced. Career possibilities and educational requirements are also presented. The business of preservation is introduced through consideration of preservation’s relationship to real estate practice, governmental policy objectives and tourism. Some reference is made to the historic development of these practices, as well as international standards and agreements. [Comparable class is currently offered as URP 6634 (co-listed as ARCH 6290).]

HIPR 6110 Regionalism(s) and the Vernacular in Context [3 credit hours]

Living in a specific place has always provided subconscious models for the builders in that society. However, the inherited environment has also been the object of conscious curiosity in many cultures across time. As we both notice and cultivate the recognition of differences in design and building we begin to categorize it so as to better understand ourselves and others. This class explores the history of the built environment from the perspective of evolutionary change; peoples attempting to meet utilitarian needs, societal expectations, and aesthetic aspirations through design. The course looks closely at the vernacular structures and landscapes of the American West, attempting to understand their place in both national and global contexts. This comparative thrust moves the discussion in the course forward to exploring other traditions both within the United States and globally. Finally, past architects’ and contemporary designers’ views of the vernacular are analyzed and discussed. [A comparable course has been offered as ARCH 6290 – Special Topics in Cultural Studies – Home on the Range.]

HIPR 6210 Survey, Significance and Recognition [3 credit hours]

This course ties together three important concepts and develops skills in professionally utilizing these concepts: a) Resource surveys involve the recordation and interpretation of groups and types of historic resources that form the basis of ensuing preservation activities; b) The concept of “historic significance” has evolved into a central concept in preservation and forms the justification for resource protection; c) Reporting patterns of significance is prerequisite to their official recognition and possible listing. The course develops abilities in practical professional activities such as thematic studies, areal resource surveys, and historic register nominations that combine use of the concepts. [This is a new course to be cross-listed with Architecture.]

HIPR 6310 Documentation, Analysis and Representation [3 credit hours]

This applied methods course focuses on skills development in in-situ documentation of the historic environment. Specifically the course includes modules on: a) historic records, b) archaeological evidence (pre-historic and historic), c) building and site measurement, d) photographic & photometric methods, e) geo-spatial data collection, f) graphic representation, and g) reporting formats. [This will be a new course to be cross-listed with Architecture.]

HIPR 6410 Urban Conservation: Context for Reuse [3 credit hours]

This course begins with the premise that human habitats, and especially cities, are dynamic and ever changing, and that the preservationist cannot (and should not try) to freeze cities in a static representation of the past. The course deals with both the philosophical and political contexts, but emphasizes the role of strategic design intervention in the shaping of evolving cities. This includes traditional preservation activities, but also recognizes the importance of progressive change.  Readings are diverse, but at least two case study cities (typically Denver and Chicago) are used to ground the concepts. Class activities include: a) research, b) field study, c) design, and d) presentation.

HIPR 6510 Building Conservation: Evidence & Intervention [3 credit hours]

This course establishes and discusses the several intellectual and professional traditions subsumed under the heading ‘preservation’. It explores what constitutes knowledge from these different perspectives, and the expectations for contributions within these traditions. The course introduces the importance of empirical evidence, knowledge of patterns and causal relationships in the aging and change of materials, individual artifacts & assemblages. Familiarity with these principles is applied to the problems of design interventions. The course integrates aesthetic, technical, and social dimensions of these issues. [A comparable course has been offered as ARCH 6390 – Special Topics in Technical Studies – Preservation Technology.]

HIPR 6610 Reading the City [3 credit hours]

Design and planning professionals, including preservationists, must learn to prepare, investigate and report, often times in environments with which they have had little previous knowledge. This course emphasizes rapidly gaining understanding of a novel environment and translating that knowledge into a well researched and media-savvy professional presentation.  During a typical three-week Maymester, students prepare a research plan in week 1, then travel to a relatively unfamiliar, but readily accessible urban environment, such as Chicago (or other major city) in week 2, returning to prepare, present and critically reflect upon their applied research in week 3 through a media-savvy final project. [A comparable course has been offered as ARCH 6290 – Special Topics in Cultural Studies – Conserving the City during the 2009 & 2010 Maymester.]

HIPR 6710 Working Landscapes [3 credit hours]

This course uses a specific large-scaled heritage site (e.g., possibilities are historic ranches, mining regions and agricultural communities) as a focal point for moving from research to representation and presentation.  The project will include field work at the designated site, and culminate in presentations at the end of the class. As a means to facilitate skill development, students are sequentially: a) introduced to a complex preservation environment requiring pre-project research, b) immersed in a field, requiring the ability to effectively discern and gather relevant project information, and c) expected to produce a well researched and media-savvy final project. While these learning objectives may be achieved in a variety of ways the compressed time schedule of the UCD Maymester (one course over 3 weeks), or Summer session (8 weeks) creates an environment of focused intensity.

HIPR 6170/71 Studio and Seminar [4+2 credit hours]

This requirement provides a combination of practice (studio) with critical reflection (seminar). The studio has long been a traditional component of design education. Historic Preservation students in the College of Architecture and Planning regularly participate in studios offered in architecture, landscape architecture and planning. These interdisciplinary learning environments usually focus on conceptual design projects, but are also typically engaged with actual stakeholders. The studio environment reinforces learning through close faculty engagement together with student interaction around a common project. HP students’ role in a specific studio is variable, but all are expected to participate in the common learning goals and outcomes of that studio.

HIPR 6840 Preservation Independent Study

Faculty members are open to proposals from students for a topic of study not regularly offered in the curriculum. Typically, the student will suggest a topic and together with the faculty tutor the two will develop a work plan and evaluation strategy.

HIPR 6930 Preservation Internship

Internships providing credit can be arranged either with research centers within the University, or with outside agencies and private firms. These internships require the development of a specific plan for learning and career development at the beginning of the internship period and an evaluation and critical reflection at its end.

HIPR 6851  Professional Project [3 credit hours]

The Professional Project is one of two options for completing the Capstone Requirement. There are multiple ways of satisfying this requirement, but the agreed-upon Project must show critically reviewed evidence of professional competence in the field of historic preservation. Typically, the student will enroll in this course during his or her final semester, and by the end of the second week will have agreed upon the scope of the final document with the faculty advisor. A near-final draft is due by the 12th week of a 15-week semester.

HIPR 6951  Thesis [6 credit hours]

Students are admitted to Thesis after completion of two semesters or their equivalent in the graduate program. The thesis should be based on original research and relate to each student's elected focus in Project Development, Context of Planning & Design, History or Preservation Design. Thesis proposals are required at the time of enrollment, and during the semester thesis students are required to defend their topics before preservation faculty and students.

ARCH 6210 History of American Architecture [3 credit hours]

This course examines the history of American architecture from prehistoric times to the present, mainly within the geographical borders of the present-day United States. Its thematic approach helps students understand the various cultural, technological, philosophical and aesthetic ideas that helped shape American buildings, and apply these to preservation.

ARCH 6212 History of Modern Architecture [3 credit hours]

This course examines the various theories, accomplishments and ideals of modern architecture in the 20th century. Issues include the relationship between theory and practice, architecture and ideology, technology, abstraction and representation, functionalism and formalism, utopianism and social responsibility.

ARCH 6450 Pre-Design: Before Pencil Touches Paper [3 credit hours]

Beginning with strong research and documentation of the design opportunities at hand, this class emphasizing pre-design process explores and evaluates a spectrum of pre-design concepts and prescribes, in detail, those concepts which have the highest probability of success. Research, documentation, consensus building, facilitating diverse constituencies, early concept development and testing and scope description all bridge from initiation of a design project to the design itself. Pre-design process defines the strategic intent of a project and outlines a tactical roadmap for achieving success. This format can be accommodated either during an 8-week summer semester or full 15-week semester.

LDAR 5521 History of Landscape Architecture [3 credit hours]

In a broad overview, this course investigates architectural thought from antiquity to the present. Beginning with a review of Greek ideals, it proceeds – through an appreciation of landscape and nature as essential cultural constituents – with a survey of major themes such as Renaissance Humanism, Enlightenment, Rationalism, Romantic Historicism, Neo-Medievalism, the varieties of Modernism, Neo-Eclecticism and the most recent directions in landscape and garden design.

LDAR 6949 Research Tools, Strategies and Methods [3 credit hours]

This skills course introduces the thesis and establishes the scholarly basis for the research and construction of a Master’s Thesis project. This course will provide the student with the research practices and methodologies to develop the scholarship and products required to produce a Thesis.

URBN 6640 History of the City [3 credit hours]

As a broad overview, this course introduces students to the history of global cities through selected typologies. It explores similarities and differences among cities considered against the larger cultural, political and socio-economic envelope of which they are part. It provides awareness of origins, growth and evolution of urban form.

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