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Historic Preservation Mission Statement

Avery Hall, the home of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, was designed by campus architects McKim, Mead and White. This photo dates from the time of its completion around 1912.

Columbia University's 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.

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 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.