Why Historic Preservation?

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.

Our Program

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

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Preservation For Good

Preservation for Good is an initiative of CU Denver’s Historic Preservation program within the College of Architecture and Planning to elevate the critical civic work of grassroots preservationists throughout the Rocky Mountain West. This story-sharing platform celebrates non-traditional, people-powered acts of preservation. As a collection of stories, the aim is to broaden the definition of preservation work, highlight who’s doing it, promote innovative strategies, and create a movement of change agents to broaden the impact, reach, and perception of preservation. If you have a Preservation for Good story, please send us your submission via the link below. 

Preservation and LEGOs Empower Children to Envision the City’s Future

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Career Paths of Graduates

Employment opportunities for graduates in historic preservation are with state historical societies and preservation offices, historic sites and museums, conservation societies, city and state governments, heritage trust and nonprofit organizations, and environmental and design consulting firms. 

Our MSHP Program graduated its first class in 2011. Some alumni are now intern architects or designers, completing the “experience” requirement for architecture licensure. Others work for the National Park Service, with the title project specialist or cultural resource specialist. 

Historic preservation has become an integral part of such diverse practices as local planning, architectural design, environmental permitting, and real estate development tax credits, in addition to the conventionally conceived roles specifically related to historical analysis. Today professionals often combine skills in the planning and design fields with those in preservation.