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.
Will Cook (Faculty), Darlene Hassler (Current Student), Lawana Holland-Moore (Current Student), Ann Horowitz (2013), María Fernanda López (Current Student), Robert Z. Melnick (Faculty), and Richard Wagner (Director) will be a presenting at the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference, PastForward, in Savannah, Ga., November 11-14, 2014 at Savannah International Trade & Convention Center and the Westin Hotel. More than 2,000 attendees are expected to attend, including historic preservationists, architects, city planners, developers, and public and private-sector professionals.
Kim O'Connell (MAHP 2006) was awarded a Writing Fellowship for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts based at Sweet Briar College. VCCA was founded in 1971 near Charlottesville, VA and is the only creative arts program in the country associated with an institution of higher education. Fellows in writing, the creative arts, and theater spend up to two weeks at the Center, allowing them to think, talk and interact with other fellows without the distraction of day-to-day activities. Kim will be in residence in January 2015.
Brian Horne (MAHP 2013) presented a paper, based on his thesis "Hopstoric" Preservation at the annual conference of the Society for Industrial Archeology's annual conference in Portland this spring. Brian's thesis examined the reuse of historic industrial spaces for micro-breweries, and the relationship between the buildings and the images projected by the companies.