Historic Preservation at the University of Maryland Encourages Diversity
from the American Institute of Architects
The Historic Preservation program at the University of Maryland is dedicated to diversity throughout its program of study. Housed in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, the program's strength lies in its multi-disciplinary approach to studying and preserving the built environment. Students of many backgrounds and academic approaches master the skills of understanding, conserving, interpreting, and sharing the historic environment at scales from the local to the global. Students also grapple with questions of diversity in the historic record, confronting problems of minority participation and representation in mainstream historic preservation efforts.
The historic preservation certificate program was created in 1986 to complement programs in Anthropology, American Studies, History, Architecture, and Planning, with coursework to prepare students to manage historic resources. Demand for the program steadily grew so that by 1990 there was an average of 15 students enrolled in the certificate program. Interest was building among students and preservation groups across the state for a more in-depth course of study, and in 2002 the University of Maryland welcomed its first class of students into the new master's of historic preservation (MHP) program. While most programs specialize in design, architectural history, or material conservation, Maryland's program was created to serve the field's need for generalists to mediate between specialists. Coursework balances academic research with professional training in documentation, policy, and interpretation to prepare students to participate in the many aspects of contemporary preservation practice. The historic preservation program also participates with the programs of architecture, planning, and real estate in offering dual masters degrees that build on and complement connections among the disciplines.... Read More
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