Historic preservation builds continuity between the past and the present to strengthen our society and its economy. The Master of Science in Historic Preservation program prepares students for a career in revitalizing our built environment. This meaningful life work involves the preservation and recycling of historic buildings, landscapes, and interiors, from the grand architectural masterpieces to the humble worker’s cottage. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers a dynamic and diverse Master of Science degree program that provides expertise in architectural design, physical conservation, architectural history, and preservation planning. All of these disciplines are essential for historic preservation, and all are taught by practicing professionals who combine a strong theoretical background with practical field experience.
The thesis tutorial in the historic preservation program is a two-semester class in which each student has the opportunity to investigate an area of personal and professional concern in great depth, and then has to communicate his or her findings to a larger audience. These abstracts show the diversity of interests that are fostered in the program, as well as showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of historic preservation, a pursuit that requires science, history, creative arts, political acumen, and technical mastery.