R. Grant Gilmore III, Director
About the Program
The Historic Preservation and Community Planning program approaches the subjects of historic preservation, architectural and urban design, planning, and architectural and urban history as a group of related disciplines that together address the management of change in the built environment from design and management perspectives. The Historic Preservation and Community Planning program challenges students to learn these subjects at local, state, regional, national and international levels and provides instruction at these levels in its coursework. And of course, Charleston, one of the cities most closely associated with the preservation movement in America, serves as the perfect laboratory for the study of preservation and urban design issues.
The intention of the program is to awaken in the student an appreciation for the complexity of the field of historic preservation. Through a combination of general and survey courses and specific practical applications (including a required field internship), the student will begin to understand the multitude of forces acting upon cities, towns, and rural areas that either encourage or hinder the preservation of historic sites in the 21st century.
The program is grounded in the visually oriented environment of the Department of Art and Architectural History and the School of the Arts, yet is still flexible enough to allow students to bring in other courses and experiences through its interdisciplinary curriculum.