Program Overview

Boston Architectural College offers the Master of Historic Preservation program for students developing their talents in architectural theory, techniques, practices, and planning and are interested in the focus of their talents in the preservation of historic locations. Students will study theories, principles, and practices relating to the protection and renewal of historical sites necessitating architectural and construction interaction.

Students in the program will take part in a curriculum which develops their understanding of architectural science and art as part of a program emphasizing the design and creation of green constructions. Those classes include tradition building, preservation philosophy and practice, preservation law, planning, and finance, historic research and documentation, philosophy, methods, and practices in architectural materials conservation, theories in architectural preservation in conservation and urban renewal, cultural heritage tourism and placemaking, American architecture from the colonial period through post-modernism, international heritage conservation, people, places, and forms in the American vernacular, classical architecture drawing studio, approaches to historic building fabric, sustainable development as a way of thinking, and green residential remodeling and renovation.

Students completing the program will have demonstrated the necessary educational and professional qualifications required and expected of professionals in the field of architecture. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate understanding of the major concepts and theoretical perspective of architecture and subjects relating to architecture as part of renewal development and historical site protection and conservation, to demonstrate the capacity for professional behavior and professional preparation as part of the role of architects, and to demonstrate the capability to critique and develop conservation and preservation plans and designs.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    Students will be required to take part in regular seminars on the Boston campus.

    School Overview

    Boston Architectural College is a four-year, private not-for-profit institution of higher education, located in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. BAC was founded in 1889, as a club for architects. In 2006, the school was renamed Boston Architectural College to better reflect its professional degree offerings. The location of the campus in Boston’s Back Bay area is a bonus, in that it is close to design firms, museums, galleries, and cultural institutions. The college awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, design, and landscape along with postgraduate certificates, and continuing education.

    Boston Architectural College offers distance learning master’s degrees for professional adults that desire to pursue studies in the fields of architecture and design. Students engage in asynchronous learning content integrated with professional experiences within the place of employment. While the large majority of coursework is delivered electronically, students are required to participate in intensive 8-day residencies at the Newbury Street campus.


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