HISP600 Introductory Seminar in Historic Preservation: Theory, History and Practice



Faculty Assigned

This course is designed to introduce students to the history, theory, and current issues of preservation practice in the U.S. and beyond. We will explore theories of what, how, and why we preserve, within the context of the evolution of the field of historic preservation. The focus will be on the basics and on providing as large and varied a framework for understanding current preservation practice and issues as possible in one semester. It is also hoped that the course will help students explore their areas of interest a bit more deeply or to develop areas of interest in new topics. The course is centered around weekly class meetings that consist of brief lectures and seminar discussions on assigned readings. Writing exercises will be stressed, and we will have several research projects, field trips, and guest lectures. 

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Catalog Description

An introduction to the wide range of ideas underpinning the practice of preservation covered through readings, discussions, presentations, class projects and field trips. 


Permission of ARCH-Historic Preservation Program.



  • Robert E. Stipe, ed. A Richer Heritage: Historic Preservation in the Twenty-First Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. (ISBN: 0-8078-5451-4) 

NOTE: One copy is on Reserve in the Architecture Library. Other readings are available on-line via Blackboard.

NAAB Student Performance Criteria Addressed (2014 Conditions for Accreditation)

  • Class Participation/Leading Class Discussions (15%)
  • Short Paper 1: Site Visit (20%)
  • Short Paper 2: Summarize a preservation law (20%)
  • Short Paper 3: State/Local Preservation Organization (20%)
  • Final Exam (25%)