About the Program
The breadth of historic preservation is reflected in the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program at Goucher College. Founded in 1995 as the nation's first limited-residency graduate program in the field, our students have included long-time preservationists who wish to add to their knowledge, professionals in related fields who seek to specialize in historic preservation, as well as those who wish to change careers. Specifically designed for students who cannot, for family or professional reasons, attend traditional on-campus programs, courses are conducted electronically and by telecommunication during traditional fall and spring semesters. On-campus residency requirements are limited to two-week summer sessions.
The program consists of required and elective courses including a thesis. During the first summer residency, students develop an individual course of study tailored to their interests. To accommodate work-related and family obligations, students may elect to complete the program in as few as three years or as many as five.
The faculty for the program is drawn from the nation's leading historic preservation practitioners and academics. Serving as tutors and mentors rather than traditional lecturers, the faculty meets with students during the on-campus summer residencies as well as maintains close contact throughout the off-campus semesters. They provide students with a depth of experience, as well as academic rigor.
Kim O'Connell (MAHP 2006) recently published "Where are the Gaps in Preservation Education" in Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects. The article discusses the latest trends in preservation education. Hugh Miller, FAIA (MAHP Faculty) and Richard Wagner, AIA (MAHP Director) were both quoted in the article.
Keith Park (MAHP 2010), preservation horticulturist with the National Park service, San Francisco Regional Office was recently featured in an article in the Los Angeles Times on his efforts to save a giant sequoia planted by John Muir at his home near San Francisco.
Lynette Felber (MAHP 2012) has been appointed to the Bellingham (WA) Historic Preservation Commission. She has also opened her own firm, Chronicles Preservation Consultants, which specializes in documenting historic properties.
Brian Lione (MAHP 2004) has been appointed Executive Director, Iraqi Institute Programs, University of Delaware. The Institute is a collaborative effort of nine US and Iraq based cultural educational and institutions to preserve the important heritage of ancient Mesopotamia.