This course focuses on the completion of the final, comprehensive project in historic preservation. Carried out in the final semester of registration, this course is an independent, applied research project investigating the preservation of a particular site or a specialized issue in historic preservation. Projects may be research or site-based at an advanced level of complexity and challenge. This capstone project challenges students to synthesize the applied and theoretical aspects of their preservation education. The project builds on the students' core coursework, specialization through electives, and internship. The course also includes several group seminars during the semester to discuss research strategies, progress/problem, and presentation. Each student will be guided by two HISP faculty members (primary & secondary readers) – additional critics and consultants may also review student work. The course instructor acts as “second-reader” on the project committee.
Part 2 of independent, applied research project investigating the preservation of a particular site or a specialized issue in historic preservation. The course includes group seminars during the semester to discuss project progress, and concludes with a presentation/defense of project and presentation of final paper.