Master of Science in Historic Preservation
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Master of Science (MS) in Historic Preservation program prepares you to conserve, restore, and promote our built environment. Preserving and reusing historic buildings, furnishings, sites, and landscapes creates continuity between the past, present, and future that contributes significantly to the health of our culture and society. Preservation is inherently sustainable because the greenest building is the one that is already built.
Chicago, a Living Laboratory
Chicago, a world center for modern architecture, provides the ideal environment for the program. The city is a living laboratory for the study of late-19th- and 20th-century architecture, urban design, landscapes, and interiors. SAIC Historic Preservation students witness landmarks that describe the development of the Chicago school of commercial architecture, the flowering of the prairie-style house, the City Beautiful movement in urban planning, and a broad spectrum of decorative building arts. Faculty are all practicing professionals who have preserved or restored historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes throughout the nation.
The field of historic preservation is highly interdisciplinary, and career opportunities can arise in any part of the profession; therefore, the curriculum is designed to give you all the skills needed to practice in any area of historic preservation. It provides intensive and broad-based education covering four major areas: restoration design, materials conservation, architectural history, and preservation planning.