The design and planning professions are rapidly changing, and even professionals with what seemed to be secure careers are discovering a need for new skills to remain informed and competitive in the job market. It will always be a more sustainable practice to reuse existing buildings than to tear them down and harvest or manufacture new materials. An increasingly larger percentage of the money spent on construction (and by extension, design work and planning approvals) is in reuse and renovation of existing structures. As many of these projects are either themselves historic or in areas that may impact historic environments, design and planning professionals are realizing the importance of knowledge and skill in this field. This is a program designed to prepare students for a 21st Century career.