Historic Preservation is significantly more than the restoration of buildings from the past. It is frequently a part of dynamic and inviting public spaces. It is at the forefront of the green building movement and environmental sustainability, and it can advance social equity while celebrating cultural diversity.

The Historic Preservation Certificate is designed for students and professionals who are pursuing or already hold a Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture, or anyone who wants to explore the diverse issues around Historic Preservation.

The Certificate is a 15 Credit Hour Program which can be completed in conjunction with other CAP programs or as a separate area of study for students or professionals who are already in the work environment.
Exterior of historic brick building with rows of balconies


Application to the Historic Preservation (HIPR) Certificate is open to all students holding a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree from an accredited institution, or are currently pursuing or have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution. Submission of one of the following applications is required for any student interested in pursuing the HIPR Certificate:

Degree-seeking students: please complete this application form.
Non-degree seeking students: please complete this application form

Materials Required for Non-Degree Seeking Applicants:

  • A brief statement of interest (500-word max.)
  • Professional resume
  • College transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation

Certificate Completion Form

All students pursuing the Historic Preservation Certificate will be required to submit a CAP Certificate Completion Form upon successfully completing the certificate curriculum. Failure to submit this form will result in your certificate not being officially certified or posted to your CU Denver transcript. Please only submit the form in the semester in which you are completing the certificate. Applications submitted for future semesters will not be accepted. The CAP Certificate Completion Form does not replace the required graduation application for degree-seeking students. If you are also completing a degree program, you must follow the graduation procedures for your college.