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M.S. Historic Preservation

Overview
The Master of Science in Historic Preservation degree is a multidisciplinary two-year program geared towards protecting the world’s architectural, cultural, and historical heritage in the face of profound change. The program relies on the architectural and historic riches of New York City and beyond—using the city as a laboratory to engage other sites and histories throughout the country and the world. As the first historic preservation and heritage conservation program in the United States, founded by James Marston Fitch in 1964, it not only remains a model for preservation programs but continues to set new creative standards and directions for the field. The program insists that preservation is as much a technical, political, and historical practice as it is a creative one.

In many ways, the Historic Preservation program owes its international reputation to the community of qualified students, pioneering faculty, visiting scholars, advanced researchers, and free-thinking professionals it attracts, educates, and sustains. Individuals graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance the rapidly evolving field of preservation and join the vibrant network of alumni redefining the boundaries and practice of heritage conservation around the world. The program’s focus on environmental, social, and technological questions has become increasingly global in scope as well, with faculty and students conducting field research projects on historic buildings not only in New York and New Jersey, but in countries such as Cuba, Norway, Haiti, and Italy.

The program stresses the importance of analytical thinking and effective communication in the preservation of architectural heritage. This emphasis on communication is evidenced in the program’s peer-reviewed journal Future Anterior, which is an international point of reference in preservation theory. It is also fostered in the program’s uniquely studio- and design-based curriculum, which is built on a strong foundation of history, theory, policy, and conservation science. The program is structured around a sequence of three studios that culminate in a year-long independent research thesis.

Columbia GSAPP Preservation Technology Laboratory
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Director of the MS Historic Preservation Program at Columbia GSAPP introduces the School’s newly renovated Preservation Technology Laboratory. The lab re-opened in 2019 as a resource for Historic Preservation students and faculty, enabling cutting-edge research in preservation digital technology, materials science, and aesthetics. Read more about the Preservation Technology Laboratory.
Curriculum

The Historic Preservation Program offers a curriculum of extraordinary diversity. The curriculum includes a series of core courses, providing each student with basic knowledge of the field, and then broadens, allowing each student the opportunity to develop his or her own focus.

The core curriculum is the focus of a student’s first year. The centerpiece of the curriculum is studio. Students work individually and in groups within a studio environment, meeting one-on-one with each of the studio faculty. Key to the core curriculum is a course entitled “Theory and Practice of Historic Preservation” that provides each student with a grounding in the historical ideas behind the field. Students also take Preservation Planning and Policy, an introduction to planning as a preservation tool; Building Systems and Materials, which introduces building techniques and materials, and American Architecture I, a history of architecture in the United States through the 1880s. Several of the first semester courses continue into a student’s second semester.

During the summer between the first and second year, the Historic Preservation Program strongly suggests the completion of one or more internships or work experiences as part of a student’s education and career development.

During the second year of study, students take Preservation Colloquium, a class that analyzes issues introduced in the first year and prepares students for the completion of a thesis. By the beginning of the second year, students have finalized their thesis topic. Preliminary thesis presentations will be made during the first semester, but the bulk of thesis work will occur during winter break and during the second semester. All other classes during the second year are electives that may be taken from the offerings of the Historic Preservation Program, the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in general, or from classes in other departments and schools at Columbia.

Students are encouraged to focus their work, particularly in the second year, and to acquire depth in at least one of the following areas: Preservation, Design, History and Theory, and Planning and Policy.

GSAPP Conversations

Historic Preservation Program Director Jorge Otero-Pailos speaks with Carlos Bayod Lucini and Adam Lowe of Factum Arte. Lowe and Bayod Lucini jointly taught an advanced preservation studio in the Fall of 2016, which involved the documentation of the medieval church of San Baudelio de Berlanga in Spain, as well as some of its paintings in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters. Based in Madrid, London and Milan, Factum Arte was founded by Lowe and has become internationally renowned for setting new standards in digital documentation and redefining the relationship between originality and authenticity.

Historic Preservation Program Director Jorge Otero-Pailos speaks with Robert Hewison, who taught the course “John Ruskin and the 19th Century” in the Spring 2017 Semester. They discuss Hewison’s life-long fascination and study of Ruskin, teaching students to draw as means of exploring truth, and the influence of Ruskin’s thinking on the field of preservation in particular through his study of Venice.

International Studios

Preservation as a Tool for Social Inclusion in Poughkeepsie, NY<br>Spring 2017
Yangon at a Turning Point: Progress, Heritage, and Community
Heritage, Education, and Urban Resilience: Building Alternative Futures in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Fall 2017
Heritage, Tourism and Urbanization in Lalibela, Ethiopia; Fall 2016
The Gingerbread Houses of Port-au-Prince
Eero Saarinen US Embassy in Oslo
Borders, Boundaries, and Exchanges Between People and Things Advanced V Studio; Fall 2018

New York Region
Studio Reports

Fall 2019 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4080‑1 Fall 2019
HP Elective Internship
Meredith Brull OPEN TO HP II & UPII with approval only-via application
FULL SEMESTER
1.5 Points
41377
A4510‑1 Fall 2019
Studio 1-Historic Preservation Studio
Andrew Dolkart, Claudia Kavenagh REQUIRED HP I
301 FAYERWEATHER
TU- 203 FAY + 323M FAY; F 655 SCHERMERHORN
FULL SEMESTER
6 Points
41392
A6307‑1 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio III-Historic Preservation Technology Studio
Carlos Bayod Lucini
655 SCHER- CONSERVA LAB
TU 2 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
6 Points
41400
A6727‑1 Fall 2019
Old Buildings, New Forms
Francoise Bollack
203 FAYERWEATHER
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER Points
10231
A6740‑1 Fall 2019
Historic Preservation Theory & Practice
Igor Demchenko
655 SCHER- CONSERVA LAB
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41471
A6790‑1 Fall 2019
Thesis I
Christopher Neville, Paul Bentel
115 AVERY HALL + 300 BUELL SOUTH
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41476
A6510‑1 Fall 2019
Neighborhood Preservation and Zoning
Carol Clark
300 BUELL NORTH
TU 6 PM - 8 PM
SESSION A
1.5 Points
41544
A6767‑1 Fall 2019
Preservation Planning and Policy
Erica Avrami
505 AVERY HALL
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41472
Pla6909‑1 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio III - Joint Historic Preservation/Urban Planning Studio
Erica Avrami, William Raynolds
300 BUELL NORTH
TU 2 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
6 Points
41429
A4341‑1 Fall 2019
Traditional American Architecture
Andrew Dolkart
115 AVERY HALL
T 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41454
A6305‑1 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio III-Joint Historic Preservation/Architecture Studio
Mark Rakatansky, Kim Yao
TBA
MR 1:30- 6:30  PM, F 3-5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
41468
A6768‑1 Fall 2019
Conservation of Architectural Metals
Richard Pieper
655 SCHER- CONSERVA LAB
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SESSION A
1.5 Points
41404
A6786‑1 Fall 2019
Conservation of Concrete, Cast Stone & Mortar
Norman Weiss, John Walsh
655 SCHER- CONSERVA LAB
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SESSION B
1.5 Points
41475
A6934‑1 Fall 2019
Traditional Building Technology
Tim Michiels
655 SCHER- CONSERVA LAB
W 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41492
A6708‑1 Fall 2019
Sustainable Retrofits
Michael Adlerstein
655 SCHER- CONSERVA LAB
W 11 AM- 1 PM
SESSION B
1.5 Points
41470
A4892‑1 Fall 2019
Data Visualization for Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities
Jia Zhang All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
408 AVERY HALL
F 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
15270
A6785‑1 Fall 2019
Theory of City Form
Vishaan Chakrabarti All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
209 FAYERWEATHER
F 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
41412
A4861‑1 Fall 2019
Footprint: Carbon and Design
David Benjamin
115 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
17879
A6783‑1 Fall 2019
Narrative Urbanism: Strategic Storytelling For Designers and Planners
Cassim Shepard All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
115 AVERY HALL
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41474
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