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Historic Preservation
Open House

Please see the main 2023 Open House for Prospective Students webpage for additional events and resources.

In-Person Open House

Monday, 16 October 2023

  • 9:00AM – 11:00AM
    Check-in, Breakfast, GSAPP Fair
    Low Library Faculty Room

  • 10:00AM – 12:00PM
    Campus and Building Visits
    Tours leave from Low Library

  • 10:00AM – 11:00AM
    MSHP Curriculum Overview with Program Director Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Preservation Lab (Schermerhorn Hall Extn. 655)

  • 12:00PM – 1:30PM
    Lunch with Faculty and Student Representatives
    East Gallery, Buell Hall

  • 1:30PM – 2:00PM
    Welcome and School Overview by Dean Andrés Jaque
    East Gallery, Buell Hall

  • 3:00PM – 3:30PM
    MSHP Preservation Technology Lab tour with Mika Tal
    Preservation Lab (Schermerhorn Hall Extn. 655)

  • 3:45PM – 4:15PM
    MSHP Tour of Avery Library Special Collections
    Avery Library

  • 4:00PM – 5:00PM
    CBAC Publications Presentation
    Fayerweather 209

  • 5:00PM – 6:30PM
    Snack Break and Student Q&A
    Avery 100

  • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    Lecture by GSAPP faculty member Marc Tsurumaki
    Wood Auditorium, Avery 113

  • 8:30PM – 10:00PM
    Student Social
    Avery 100

Online Open House Sessions

  • October 16, 10:00AM
    MSHP Curriculum Presentation
    Please register in advance for zoom meeting link
    This is a live-stream of the in-person session.

  • October 20, 2:00PM
    Admissions and Financial Aid Planning
    Please register in advance for zoom meeting link
    We invite you to join GSAPP Admissions where we will cover the Application Process and next steps once the application is submitted. We will be joined by our colleagues from Student Financial Planning (SFP) who will go over ways to finance your education, cost of tuition, and overall Financial Planning

Watch the recording of Jorge Otero-Pailos’ course “Modern American Architecture” presented on March 30, 2020.
Preservation Technology Laboratory

This laboratory, fully renovated facility in 2019, enables cutting-edge research in preservation digital technology, materials science, and aesthetics.

Visit the Laboratory’s page to learn more.

rAAdio Episode 001: Dematerialization of the Body – Jorge Otero-Pailos

This Fall, M.S.AAD students launched rAADio, a podcast investigation on entanglements of architecture. The first episode features an interview with Professor Jorge Otero-Pailos, Director of the MSHP and PhD in Historic Preservation programs, conducted by Ali El-Sinbawy ‘22 MSAAD. Also in this episode, Pabla Amigo ‘22 MSAAD and Gabriela Junqueira Franco '22 MSAAD try to understand the implications of the dematerialization of bodies with our final resting places. Does the state of being alive only relate to the physical body? Can our bodies metamorphose into other forms?

Follow rAADio on Instagram at @gsapp_raadio.

Student Work

Visit the online 2023 End of Year Show to see student work from the Historic Preservation studios and 2023 MSHP graduate theses.

You can also browse the digital archive and read summaries of M.S.HP theses here.

Studio Reports
Many of the Historic Preservation studios produce a comprehensive report at the culmination of each semester. Browse the most recently published reports below and or a more comprehensive archive here.
Columbia GSAPP Lecture and Event Series
The Dean’s lecture and event series invites guests from across the world to deliver talks and participate in discussions with the GSAPP community. Below is a selection of events featuring Historic Preservation program faculty members.

2022 Fitch Colloquium
Preservation in China’s Future

March 3, 2022

Career Services and Programming

Career Services for the Historic Preservation Program encourages students to take advantage of an open-door policy; they’re met on an individual basis to discuss their interests, goals, and career trajectory. Services available include:

  • Individualized resume and cover letter support
  • 24/7 access to job and internship postings through Engage, GSAPP’s online job/internship portal
  • Weekly program newsletter featuring professional opportunities including but not limited to job/internship listings, design and preservation competition opportunities, professional conference information, calls for papers, and scholarship opportunities
  • Access to GSAPP’s annual career fairs
  • Professional headshots
  • Mentorship through Preservation Alumni
  • Annual series career programming which includes Alumni Speed Networking, Recent Graduate Career Panel, Portfolio Review Workshop, Salary Negotiation Workshop, Job and Internship Basics presentation, and Faculty Lunch-and-Learn presentations
  • Access to online career resources
GSAPP Conversations: Historic Preservation Podcast

See the complete archive of ongoing podcasts on the GSAPP Conversations page.

Preservation Lecture Series
This series of talks organized by the Historic Preservation Program invites a wide range of international scholars to Columbia GSAPP. Below is a selection of highlights from the Spring 2021 Preservation Lecture Series.

Spring 2021 Preservation Lecture Series
Matija Strlič
April 8, 2021

Abstract is the annual print publication of faculty-selected student work from Columbia University GSAPP, produced through the Office of Dean.