Architectural Studies

Historic Preservation

Philadelphia University’s Historic Preservation program focuses upon the relationship between rehabilitation of historic buildings and sustainability. Students learn to determine historic significance of structures, viewed not as disembodied artifacts but as possibilities for adaptive reuse and retrofitting, as models of energy efficiency, and as part of the cultural fabric of a community. From streets and neighborhoods to entire cities, both locally and internationally, historic preservation is an innovative practice that is essential to the development of environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable urban spaces.

Our faculty of practicing professionals offers a broad range of experience, blending traditional methods with emerging technologies. Students learn collaboratively in interdisciplinary studios. With industry partnerships, field work at local historic sites and districts, and study abroad opportunities in Rome, the program offers invaluable real-world experience. Our campus is located just minutes from downtown Philadelphia, whose neighborhoods are rich with landmarks and historic structures. Our curriculum meets the standards set by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). Graduates are well-prepared for careers in documentation, research and more. Many have been accepted and received funding to pursue graduate degrees at premier historic preservation programs. Our 4+1 program gives graduates the opportunity to combine their preservation studies with a M.S. in Geodesign, Sustainable Design or Construction Management with one additional year of study. 

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