Heritage Conservation Program

The Heritage Conservation program educates students in the preservation of the built environment as part of a comprehensive ethic of environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability. The focus of our program is to prepare students for practice in the field of heritage conservation. Our alumni work in the public and private sectors, from jobs with the National Park Service, local historic preservation offices, museums, and cultural resources consulting firms. The Southwest United States is a unique laboratory within which to explore a range of cultures, architectural styles, and landscapes. Learn more about the curriculum requirements here

The Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation is:

  • Interdisciplinary: teaching holistic problem­solving, integrating natural and cultural resources and learning from the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, history, landscape architecture, materials science, and planning
  • Inter­-institutional, promoting collaborative engagement between public and private institutions with a curriculum incorporating community service as a method of learning
  • International in scope and regional in application, defined by the arid lands geography of the Greater Southwest.

The learning outcomes of the Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation are intended to balance theory and practice, as well as research and outreach, including:

  • Awareness of geographic, cultural, technological, economic, and political factors that shape the built environment;  building traditions of cultural groups and historic periods that define the Greater Southwest.
  • Understanding of heritage conservation terms, concepts, and philosophical foundations;  legal, regulatory, and economic development tools;  treatment standards for historic properties;  cultural resource management business and ethical principles.
  • Ability to conduct research using primary and secondary information resources; survey, document, and communicate cultural artifacts, buildings, sites, districts, and cultural landscapes according to professional(Secretary of Interior) standards; analyze building construction systems, components, and materials to make conservation treatment recommendations;  interpret the meaning of built environments to a larger audience.

The Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation is accredited by the National Council for Preservation Education.


Heritage Conservation Contacts

Coordinator, Heritage Conservation Graduate Certificate
Lecturer, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Program Chair, MS Architecture Heritage Conservation
Graduate Advisor, Program Coordinator
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture
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