Historic Preservation: Graduate Overview
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Department of Historic Preservation offers both a Master of Science and Certificate program in Historic Preservation for students who want to conserve, restore, and promote our built environment.
Through these programs, you will develop skills in:
- Heritage conservation
- Preservation planning and design
- Documentation for Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER)
- Historic research
We use the city of Chicago and surrounding areas as a laboratory for preservation studies. You will work on real projects in Chicago and, if you choose, biennial study trips to China where the department is involved in the restoration of the 13th-century Southern Silk Road town of Weishan, Yunnan province.
The physical resources of the Historic Preservation department include a design studio with skylights, a conservation and materials laboratory with lecture space, a resource library, student lounge, and two dedicated lecture spaces all housed in an enclosed two-floor unit with interior connecting staircase.
Graduates of our program have gone on to become preservation planners, consultants to restoration architects, historic interior designers, historic site managers, historic building materials consultants, contractors, site interpreters, preservation researchers, and advocates.
Interested in learning more?
Continue to explore the Department of Historic Preservation’s website to learn more about graduate curricular offerings, faculty, students, alumni, and more or schedule a tour.