Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation is a critical component of healthy, sustainable communities. Understanding, interpreting, and managing tangible and intangible heritage strengthens connections to the past as it exists in the present, and fosters a more inclusive and equitable society.


The MSHP is a four semester, two-year program, that provides a rigorous foundation in the core principles and concepts of historic preservation practice in the United States and beyond. Elective courses give students the opportunity to specialize in an area of preservation and its allied disciplines. A thesis or practicum forms the program’s capstone project that demonstrates a mastery of knowledge in the field.

The Certificate in Preservation Studies is open to graduate students only. Due to the robust presence of historic preservation in America today and that roughly half of the country’s construction work involves rehabilitation of existing buildings, a Certificate or Dual Degree in Preservation from an established program such as Tulane’s Preservation Studies program is a valuable addition to one’s terminal degree in Architecture or Sustainable Real Estate Development (MSRED).

Students in the undergraduate Minor in Preservation Studies program learn the fundamentals of historic preservation practice through courses in historic preservation theory and practice, preservation technology, and architectural history.


Brent Fortenberry

Director of Preservation Studies, Christovich Associate Professor of Historic Preservation