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Historic Preservation

Historic preservation helps communities negotiate change. The historic preservation program at the University of Kentucky trains students to become skilled practitioners through a combination of classroom instruction and applied projects in urban and rural contexts. A rigorous curriculum, outstanding faculty, and an emphasis on community engagement make the program a recognized leader in the field.

The College of Design has three historic preservation offerings: the Master of Historic Preservation degree and the on-campus and online graduate certificates in historic preservation.

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Historic Preservation Degrees

Students can choose from one of three Historic Preservation pathways.  The Master of Historic Preservation is a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for a career in HP.  The on-campus and on-line certificate curriculum provides fundamental knowledge and is offered to College of Design students as well as students and professionals from other disciplines. 

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"This is a time of growth for the Department of Historic Preservation as this next generation of students have ample opportunities to hone their preservation skills in the field."

HP Events

As a leader in the field, the Department of Historic Preservation is able to attract some of the most celebrated preservationists in the industry today while also addressing critical topics relevant to the field. These speakers have shared their insight at the annual Historic Preservation Symposium as well as other lectures and workshops conducted by the program. Stay abreast of all upcoming HP events on this page.

HP Events


The Department of Historic Preservation is a member of the National Council for Preservation Education, the leading organization for preservation education in the United States. Faculty and students are active in a wide range of professional and scholarly organizations, including:

The National Trust for Historic Preservation
The American Bar Association
The National Council on Public History
The American Historical Association
The Organization of American Historians
The Vernacular Architecture Forum
The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians
Preservation Kentucky
The Association for Preservation Technology
The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation

Apply to the Department of Historic Preservation

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Advisory Board

David Ames

Amelia Armstrong

Timothy Condo

Edith Bingham

Betsy Hatfield

Ed Holmes

David Morgan

Craig Potts