Recording at UVA’s Falmouth Jamaica Field School
UVA’s Community History Workshop Student-Curated Exhibition, More Than A Roof, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
Community History Workshop Guidebook
Community History Workshop Guidebook
Please vist Virginia Magazine to read about the program alumni currently working on the preservation of Presidential homes
Director: Louis Nelson
The student studying historic preservation at the University of Virginia has the opportunity to engage one the great historical environments in the United States. This includes Thomas Jefferson’s path breaking “academical village,” or “the Lawn” which is one of only 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the United States, and also the work of many other leading architects such as McKim, Mead & White, John R. Thomas, Eggers & Higgins, landscape designers such as Warren Manning and Alden Hopkins, and then more recent work by noted architects such as Robert. A. M. Stern, Pietro Belluschi, William Rawn and many others. Students have the opportunity to research Jefferson’s original drawings , and the University’s later architectural history. Students have researched the original builders that included more than 400 white and enslaved individuals and study firsthand technology and materials ranging from machine pressed bricks and their making to advanced technologies like as Guastavino vaulting. Other students have also been involved in the JUEL project which seeks to understand everyday life at the university prior to the Civil War. Other important elements of the University’s fabric include major stained glass windows, nationally important sculpture, and decorative arts all of which need to be studied and preserved. Each summer, a handful of students win an internship with the Office of the Architect and work on preservation projects during the summer. The University of Virginia has a history that spans 200 years and a preservation ethic that presses toward future practice; the historic preservation student has the opportunity to both enrich and continue that history.
The interdisciplinary program in Historic Preservation offers masters degree candidates in architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture and urban and environmental planning the opportunity to expand their professional studies through specialized training in the practice and ethics of historic preservation and the stewardship of cultural landscapes. Preservation has grown increasingly important in defining a civic sense of place, buttressing sustainable communities, conserving urban neighborhoods, protecting rural and scenic areas and in enriching critical public understanding of social, cultural and architectural history. The program provides opportunities for graduate students to develop the skills and expertise for careers as preservation practitioners within their disciplines while at the same time having close collaboration with the broad spectrum of disciplines that constitute historic preservation today. Students graduating with historic preservation certificates have gone on to do important preservation work with private firms, public agencies, national and international non-profit and non-governmental-organizations, and leading preservation advocacy organizations.
Students wishing to enter the Historic Preservation Certificate Program must be admitted to one of the graduate degree programs in the School of Architecture. Upon arriving at the Architecture School students should attend the historic preservation advising meeting and file a program participation form with the Architecture School’s registrar.
Students who complete the required 21-credit historic preservation curriculum receive a Certificate in Historic Preservation, in addition to their departmental master’s degree. There are individual courses that fulfill the requirements of the historic preservation certificate curriculum that also fulfill departmental graduate requirements. Thus, students normally complete the course work for the historic preservation certificate during the same period in which they complete their degree program.
UVA Graduate Historic Preservation Fellowships
Each year the Historic Preservation Program draws upon endowed funds to provide several $4500 merit-based fellowships for graduate students enrolled in the historic preservation certificate program. Awards are made in a student’s penultimate year of study and are disbursed to support the final year of graduate work. A call for applications is made each spring semester. A committee of preservation affiliated faculty reviews the applications. Grants are made independent of departmental scholarships, loans, and support.
Valmarana Family Preservation Internship Blog
Recently, the 2014 Valmarana Family Preservation Intern, Sarah Brummett, completed her internship in Venice, Italy and detailed her experiences in a wonderfully rich blog, found HERE