Historic Preservation

We embrace and practice how historic preservation has the power to celebrate diverse heritage, sustain communities, and protect the environment.

The Preservation Studies program at the Tulane School of Architecture offers an interdisciplinary learning framework about urban preservation in one of America’s most historic cities.

New Orleans is an incomparable place to study preservation. In addition to its extraordinary inventory of some of the most distinctive historic architecture in the U.S., New Orleans is a microcosm of global issues from sea level rise to housing affordability and social justice.

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