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The Kentucky Field School

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky College of Design, Department of Historic Preservation is proud to offer the country’s first hybrid field school – HP 676 Field Methods in Heritage Conservation. The course is designed to provide participants the opportunity to experience the critical study of the built environment firsthand, while providing flexibility for those with busy academic, work and family obligations.

The course will emphasize emerging technologies for heritage documentation and interpretation, innovative ways to integrate local knowledge into the documentation process, and historic preservation as a tool for social, environmental, and economic justice.

The field school’s renowned interdisciplinary team of instructors will guide participants through hands-on experience documenting and interpreting a select neighborhood paying close attention to its geographical, architectural, social-cultural, economic, and historical context.

Course Structure

HP 676 will be taught in three units:

Unit One (May 22-June 2, 2017): Unit One will be taught entirely online and will include readings, content videos, and assignments designed to prepare students for the second-unit, a nine-day field school taught in Lexington, Ky., June 3-10, 2017.

Unit Two (Field School June 3-10, 2017): During the field school students will work 8-10 hours a day alongside a member of our highly acclaimed interdisciplinary team of visiting instructors, documenting and interpreting the built environment and intangible culture of a select neighborhood. The field school will offer participants hands-on experience employing traditional documentation techniques, as well as emerging technologies, including: 3D laser scanning and modeling, spatial mapping, ground penetrating radar, and digital storytelling.

Unit Three (June 12-June 30, 2017): Following the field school, students will return home where they will collaborate online with their classmates to complete a digital documentation report utilizing the data collected during the field school.

Field School Instructors

    • David L. Ames, Ph.D.
      Professor Emeritus of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware



    • Ned Crankshaw, Ph.D.
      Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Kentucky
      Ned Crankshaw


    • Karen Hudson, Ph.D.
      Department of Historic Preservation, University of Kentucky
      Karen Hudson Bio




    • Rich Schein, Ph.D.
      Department of Geography, University of Kentucky
      Rich Schein Bio


    • Matthew W. Wilson, Ph.D.
      Associate Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky
      Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
      Mapshop Director
      New Mappings Collaboratory



Like our instructors, we encourage participation from students from diverse educational, professional, and geographical backgrounds.

Whether you are a graduate student interested in pursuing a career in heritage conservation; an activist interested in learning more about the field methods and techniques used by a wide range of disciplines to critically study the built environment; or a seasoned heritage professional looking for continuing education opportunities, HP 676 Field Methods in Heritage Conservation was designed with you in mind.

Academic Credit

HP 676 Field Methods in Heritage Conservation carries three hours of graduate academic credit. Students from other institutions are responsible for coordinating the acceptance and/or transfer of graduate credits.

How to Enroll

Students wishing to enroll in HP 676 must first apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School. It is a fairly simple process that will take 5-10 minutes to complete. The prerequisite and application materials required will depend on the admission category under which a student wishes to apply, for example: regular admission, post-baccalaureate graduate students, graduating seniors as part-time graduate students, visiting students, and life-long learners.

To apply, follow the Registrar’s instructions, available here. If you need additional help determining admission criteria, please contact Azhar Swanson, Director of Students Services, College of Design at Azhar Swanson.

Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Director of the Department of Historic Preservation, who will notify the graduate school of their admission decision. The student will then be provided instructions for how to enroll in HP 676-201, 1st summer session.


The deadline for applying for admission to the Graduate School for the 2017 1st summer session is April 8, 2017. Due to the immersive nature of the field school, enrollment in HP 676 will be limited to 20 participants. We encourage you to apply early.


Since HP 676 is being taught as part of the Department of Historic Preservation’s Online Graduate Certificate program, all students regardless of residency status will pay in-state tuition. Current tuition rates are posted here.

Tuition covers three credit hours of graduate coursework, expert instruction, laboratory materials and supplies, transportation during the field school, some meals, and field trips.

Participants are responsible for travel to and from Lexington, housing and most meals.


Students are responsible for their own housing during the field school. For information about living on campus, contact Karen Hudson at Karen Hudson.


Students have the option of providing their own meals during the field school, or taking individual meals on campus. A formal meal plan is not required. There are many restaurants within walking distance of the UK campus, but students must bring their lunch with them each day. If they choose a university meal plan, a packed lunch will be provided each day. Contact Karen Hudson for additional information about university meal plans.


A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available to students enrolled in HP 676 and accepted to the Department of Historic Preservation’s Online Graduate Certificate Program. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please submit your application by email to Karen Hudson by April 1, 2017. Be sure to include “HP 676 Scholarship Application” in the subject line. Award decisions will be announced by April 7, 2017. Scholarship applications should include:

1) A brief 250-500 word essay including the following:

  • Your complete name
  • Address
  • Phone #
  • Email address
  • Education degree awarded/institution
  • Major and anticipated date of graduation (if applicable)
  • Current occupation (graduate student, employment, retired/volunteering/unemployed)
  • How did you learn about the Kentucky Field School
  • Brief description of employment responsibilities (if applicable)
  • Your professional goals
  • How you believe you might benefit from the course
  • Your needs for financial assistance, and why you might not be able to attend the field school without financial assistance
  • Identify the person that will be submitting your letter of recommendation and their relationship to you

2) One letter of recommendation from faculty or professional associate. Letter of recommendation should be emailed directly from the author to Please tell authors to include “Your Name—HP 676 Scholarship Recommendation” in the subject line.

Need additional information? Please address additional questions to:

Karen Hudson, Ph.D.
Department of Historic Preservation
University of Kentucky
112 Pence Hall
Lexington, KY 40506
(859) 257-7617
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