Certificate in Historic Preservation: Curriculum Requirements

The 15-credit Professional Certificate in Historic Preservation program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers students in the Master of Architecture and Master of Architecture with Emphasis in Interior Architecture a working knowledge of the field of historic preservation.    

Area Credit Hours
Preservation Documentation and Planning 
Choose one of the following:
  • HPRES 5002 Archival Documentation (3)
  • HPRES 5008 Physical Documentation (3)
Material Conservation 
Choose one of the following:
  • HPRES 5003 Historic Materials and Technology (3)
  • HPRES 5012 Building Pathology* (3)
  • HPRES 6006 Building Conservation* (3)
Architectural History 
Choose one of the following:
  • ARTHI 4505 History of American Commercial & Civic Architecture (3)
  • ARTHI 4509 History of American Residential & Institutional Architecture (3)
  • HPRES 5543 American Interior Design (3)
  • HPRES 5006 History and Theory of Historic Preservation (3)
Preservation Planning 
Choose one of the following:
  • HPRES 5014 Preservation Planning (3)
  • HPRES 5016 Preservation Seminar (3)
  • HPRES 5017 Preservation Practicum (3) 
  • HPRES 6008 Preservation Law* (3)
Design studio focused on preservation 
Choose one of the following:
  • HPRES 5010 Restoration Design Studio (3)
  • AIADO design studio with project focus on historic building (3)
Completion of 210 hours of internship, study trip, or equivalent as approved by Historic Preservation Director and/or Program Director of Master of Architecture  
Total Credit Hours 15  

* Courses marked with an asterisk require a prerequisite or a waiver of prerequisite submitted by the Program Director of Historic Preservation or Program Director of Master of Architecture program.

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