Planning, Development and Preservation

About Us

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The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is a collaborative effort between Clemson University and the College of Charleston. The program, which is based in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a two-year Masters of Science in Historic Preservation.

Areas of Study:

  • Historic American Building Materials and Techniques
  • Conservation Science and Material Analysis
  • Architectural History and Cultural Significance
  • Documentation of Structures, Sites, and Landscapes
  • Contextual Design and Historic Site Planning
  • Sustainability and the Economics of Rehabilitation
  • Preservation Policy and Cultural Resource Management

The Graduate Program utilizes Charleston and the lowcountry as a preservation laboratory for hands-on research and projects. We are seeking a small and selective group of interdisciplinary graduate students interested in building national careers in historic preservation.

The Graduate Program works in close collaboration with a number of Charleston-based initiatives including the sites and collections of the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Preservation Society of Charleston, the Charleston Museum, the American College of the Building Arts, and Drayton Hall, a National Trust site.