Historic Preservation is significantly more than the restoration of buildings from the past. It is frequently a part of dynamic and inviting public spaces. It is at the forefront of the green building movement and environmental sustainability, and it can advance social equity while celebrating cultural diversity.
The Historic Preservation Certificate is designed for students and professionals who are pursuing or already hold a Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture, or anyone who wants to explore the diverse issues around Historic Preservation.
The Certificate is a 15 Credit Hour Program which can be completed in conjunction with other CAP programs or as a separate area of study for students or professionals who are already in the work environment.
Application to the Historic Preservation Certificate is open to all students holding a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree from an accredited institution, or are currently pursuing or have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution. Students currently pursuing a CU Denver master’s program are admitted on an automatic basis.
Degree-seeking students: please complete this application form.
Non-degree seeking students: please complete this application form.
- Materials Required for Non-Degree Seeking Applicants:
- A brief statement of interest (500-word max.)
- Professional resume
- College transcripts
- One letter of recommendation
Certificate Completion Form
All students pursuing the Historic Preservation Certificate will be required to submit a CAP Certificate Completion Form upon successfully completing the certificate curriculum. Failure to submit this form will result in your certificate not being official certified or posted to your CU Denver transcript. Please only submit the form in the semester in which you are completing the certificate. Applications submitted for future semesters will not be accepted. The CAP Certificate Completion Form does not replace the required graduation application for degree-seeking students. If you are also completing a degree program in the current semester, you must follow the graduation procedures for your college.
Certificate Curriculum Requirements
Historic Preservation Certificate students will complete five graduate-level courses for a total of 15 hours. The following are the required courses for the certificate:
|HIST 5232||Historic Preservation||3|
|HIPR 6210||Historic Buildings in Context||3|
|HIPR 6220||Adaptive Reuse: Business and Practice||3|
|HIPR 6310||Documentation, Analysis, Representation||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Building Materials Conservation|
|Regionalisms & the Vernacular|
|Urban Conservation: Context for Reuse|
A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the above course work is required to earn the Historic Preservation Certificate, and no grade below a B- will count toward the certificate.
Certificate Learning Outcomes
Student who successfully complete the Historic Preservation Certificate will be able to:
- Be familiar with the philosophical foundations of preservation and possess a fundamental understanding of how to apply philosophical consideration in the preservation of the past.
- Assess a building or site for its historical significance and develop a preservation strategy based on the level of significance.
- Plan for the proper restoration or preservation of the building or site utilizing proper materials and methods.
- Demonstrate awareness of environmental sustainability, social equity, and economic development and how to incorporate these issues into the practice of historic preservation.