M.S. Historic Preservation

Overview

The 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 policy, 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.

Information Session: GSAPP Historic Preservation Program
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.

Advanced Technology Studio III
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 Studio Field Projects Research Reports

Preservation as a Tool for Social Inclusion in Poughkeepsie, NY
Yangon at a Turning Point: Progress, Heritage, and Community
Heritage, Tourism and Urbanization in Lalibela, Ethiopia
The Gingerbread Houses of Port-au-Prince
Eero Saarinen US Embassy in Oslo
Heritage, Education, and Urban Resilience: Building Alternative Futures in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

New York Region Studio Reports

Spring 2019 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4080‑1 Spring 2019
HP Elective Internship
Devin Gray Open to M.S HP II and M.S. UP II with Approval Only - Via Application
N/A
N/A
FULL SEMESTER
1.5 Points
26846
A4341‑1 Spring 2019
Modern American Architecture
Jorge Otero-Pailos REQUIRED 1ST YR
300 BUELL SOUTH
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
85279
A6414‑1 Spring 2019
GIS for Preservation
Bilge Kose
301 FAYERWAETHER
M 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
25942
A6419‑1 Spring 2019
International Issues In Preservation
Erica Avrami
114 AVERY HALL
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
15941
A6701‑1 Spring 2019
Preserving LGBTQ Sites
Andrew Dolkart
200 BUELL HALL
TU 9 AM -11 AM
SESSION B
1.5 Points
86046
A6702‑1 Spring 2019
Investigative Techniques
Norman Weiss
CONSERVATION LAB - 655 SCHERMERHORN
W 2 - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
92299
A6705‑1 Spring 2019
Architecture & Development of NYC
Andrew Dolkart
200 BUELL HALL
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
88941
A6714‑1 Spring 2019
Experimental Preservation
Jorge Otero-Pailos
CONSERVATION LAB - 655 SCHERMERHORN
M 2 PM - 4 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
90797
A6750‑1 Spring 2019
HP Studio II
Erica Avrami Required for 1st Year
301 Fayerweather
TU + TH 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
6 Points
60779
A6750‑2 Spring 2019
HP Studio II
Belmont Freeman REQUIRED 1ST YEAR
301 FAYERWEATHER
TU + TH 2 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
6 Points
64279
A6750‑3 Spring 2019
HP Studio II
REQUIRED 1ST YEAR
301 FAYERWEATHER
TU + TH 2 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
6 Points
77529
A6753‑1 Spring 2019
Thesis II
Jorge Otero-Pailos REQUIRED 2ND YR
N/A
BY APPOINTMENT
FULL SEMESTER
4 Points
82780
A6795‑1 Spring 2019
Law for Preservationists
Will Cook
300 AVERY HALL
W 9 AM - 11 AM
SES A: 1/22-3/1
1.5 Points
88942
A6848‑1 Spring 2019
John Ruskin and the 19th Century
Robert Hewison Mini Session
CONSERVATION LAB - 655 SCHERMERHORN
M,T,W - 6pm-8pm + F 1pm-3pm & 4pm-6pm
SES B: ¾ - 5/3
1.5 Points
96097
A6856‑1 Spring 2019
Adaptation: Rebuilding American Cities
Barbara Campagna MINI SESSION
CONSERVATION LAB - 655 SCHERMERHORN
M,T,W,TH,F - 6pm-8pm + F - 3pm- 5pm
SES A: 1/22-3/1
1.5 Points
98197
A4124‑1 Spring 2019
Modern Building Technology
Theodore Prudon REQUIRED 1st YR
CONSERVATION LAB - 655 SCHERMERHORN
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
61896
A4890‑1 Spring 2019
Conflict Urbanism: Puerto Rico Now
Laura Kurgan, Frances Negron-Muntaner All GSAPP interdisciplinary, GSAS
HAMILTON 420
F 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
79032
A4045‑1 Spring 2019
Questions in Urbanism
Vishaan Chakrabarti All GSAPP Interdisciplinary Workshop
115 Avery
F 10 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
17196
A4064‑1 Spring 2019
Informal Urbanisms: Incrementalism and Citizen Participation in the Built Environment
Cassim Shepard All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
408 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
22596
A4892‑1 Spring 2019
Data Visualization for Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities
Jia Zhang All GSAPP interdisciplinary , GSAS
WARE
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
88396
A4063‑1 Spring 2019
Points Unknown: Cartographic Narratives
Grga Basic, Michael Krisch All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
504 AVERY
F 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
86396
A4896‑1 Spring 2019
Who Let Them Build That? An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Six Places in New York
Justin Davidson ALL GSAPP_ INTERDISCP
409 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
84284
A4898‑1 Spring 2019
(Re)Programming - Museums
David van der Leer ALL GSAPP_ INTERDISCP
505 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
76047
A6787‑1 Spring 2019
Third Landscape: Urbanization in the Amazon
Anna Dietzsche All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
412 AVERY
F 11 AM- 1 PM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
91046
A4839‑1 Spring 2019
Aesthetics of Decay
412 AVERY
TU 4 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16646
P4050‑1 Spring 2019
UP Elective Internship
Margaret Wiryaman
N/A
BY APPT
FULL SEMESTER
1.5 Points
66846
Pla4518‑1 Spring 2019
Urbanisms & Algorithms I
Luc Wilson
114 AVERY HALL
TU 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
77194
Recent News
2016 Fitch Colloquium: Preservation and War, Panel 1

Pre War

Tim Winter
Research Chair of Cultural Heritage, Deakin University
Laurie Rush
Cultural Resources Manager and Archaeologist, US Department of Defense
Leila A. Amineddoleh
Founding and Managing Partner at Amineddoleh & Associates
Lucia Allais
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Princeton University
David Gissen
Professor of Architecture, California College of the Arts

Moderated by Erica Avrami
James Marston Fitch Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia GSAPP

Dual Degree graduate Andrea Tonc’s (M.Arch/M.S. HP ‘16) award-winning graduation portfolio
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