Historic Preservation Certificate

The Historic Preservation Certificate equips students with an extensive knowledge of the historic environment. You’ll learn how to document, record, maintain, and manage historic and archeological places. Students with the certificate have worked in:

  • Environmental protection
  • Historical research and tourism
  • Site management

The Historic Preservation Certificate is supported by the Center for Heritage Conservation. The certificate welcomes students with diverse educational backgrounds and is open to all graduate students at Texas A&M University.


Certificate Spotlights

Andrea Batarse

Andrea Batarse ‘20, Master of Architecture 

Final Study Project: borderline

Andrew J. Billingsley

Andrew J. Billingsley ‘20, Master of Science in Architecture 

Thesis: Connecting the Dots: Choosing an Appropriate Terrestrial Laser Scanning Hardware and Software System to Document Three Early 20th Century Buildings on the Campus of Texas A&M University. Master’s thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from https://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/191561

Joshua R. Farrar

Joshua R. Farrar ‘20, Ph.D. Anthropology

Dissertation: The Milam Street Bridge Artifact Assemblage: Houstonians Joined by the Common Thread of Artifacts – A Story Spanning from the Civil War to Modern Day. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from https://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/191629


The Historic Preservation Certificate includes at least 12 hours of coursework. 

The coursework for the certificate provides instruction in skills and knowledge deemed common and essential in the field of historic preservation by the National Council for Preservation Education:

  • History, theory, and practice of preservation
  • History of the designed environment (including, for example, the history of architecture, urban development, landscape architecture, archaeology, or material culture)
  • Documentation and recording techniques used in preservation and archaeology
  • Specialized components (design, technology, economics, law, planning, tourism, conservation, and curation)

To culminate their studies, students must complete a study, paper, or dissertation with a focus on historical preservation and participate in a colloquium. The project will be evaluated by the director and certificate committee of the Center for Heritage Conservation.

ARCH 646Historic Preservation Theory and Practice3

Select 12 hours of coursework from the following:

ARCH 608Architectural Design IV3
ARCH 644Seminar in Art and Architectural History3
ARCH 647Documentation of Historic Buildings and Sites3
ARCH 648Building Preservation Technology3
ARCH 649Advanced History of Building Technology3
ARCH 659Digital Architectural Photography3
ARCH 691Research3
COSC 689Special Topics in…3
LAND 622/PLAN 622Critical Place Studies: Theory, Research and Practice3
LAND 691Research3
LAND 693Professional Study3
LDEV 671Sustainable Development3
PLAN 625Geographical Information Systems in Landscape and Urban Planning3
PLAN 640Law and Legislation Related to Planning 3
PLAN 689Special Topics In…3
PLAN 691Research3
PLAN 693Professional Study3
ANTH 605Conservation of Archaeological Resources I3
ANTH 606Conservation of Archaeological Resources II3
ANTH 608Skills in Maritime Archaeology3
ANTH 691Research3
GEOG 605Processes in Cultural Geography3
GEOG 691Research3
RPTS 307Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources3
RPTS 646Heritage Tourism3
RPTS 691Research3
RPTS 693Professional Study3

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Fabrizio Aimar

Assistant Professor of Practice, Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation, Woodcock Endowed Professor in Historic Preservation

(979)847-9479 (Office) Email Fabrizio Aimar