Careers in historic preservation

Become a preservationist. Become a conservator. Become a restoration artisan. SCAD has been in the vanguard of preservation for more than three decades. From adaptively reusing nearly 100 historic facilities around the world and being the only historic preservation program in the country to offer immersive studies in the U.S., Europe and Asia, to receiving honors from UNESCO, the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Congress for the New Urbanism and others, SCAD is global in its presence, influence and impact.

Launch your career as a professional:

  • City and regional preservation planner or researcher
  • Digital cultural heritage specialist
  • Preservation design consultant

And get recruited and hired by the best of the best:

  • Architectural Digest
  • Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery
SCAD historic preservation alumna Sehila Casper

Sehila Mota Casper, a Houston, Texas-based field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, works with community stakeholders to find and save cultural treasures linking us to our past. As Casper works to ensure the region’s Latino heritage remains intact, she draws on her SCAD experiences in the discovery, documentation and restoration of historic structures to guide her efforts.

“So many historic buildings [in my region are] demolished instead of reused, which is so different than when I was in Savannah. We need to marry economic growth with the desire of communities to remain intact.”

Sehila Mota Casper | M.F.A., historic preservation, 2014 | National Trust for Historic Preservation

Design your legacy

As a student at SCAD, you will develop a keen understanding for the design and cultural significance of historic structures. Alumna and 2014 presidential medalist Zoe Leung explains how SCAD's unique environment inspired her work as a student and helped her land an internship with the leading international organization for historic preservation.


Additional internships for SCAD students have included placements within these top preservation organizations:

  • The International Council on Monuments and Sites
  • National Park Service
  • Los Angeles Conservancy
  • Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home
  • The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Central Park Conservancy
  • Chatham County Metropolitan Planning Commission
  • Historic Savannah Foundation
  • National Center for Preservation Training and Technology
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation

"I chose to focus my career on historic preservation because I have always loved history and working with my hands. I do not know of another field where you can truly touch history and take pride in knowing that you have preserved something special for future generations."

Jason Church | M.F.A., historic preservation, 2005 | Materials conservator, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Historic preservation student using 3D scanner to survey

SCAD will see you to success

We support our students both within the classroom and beyond. As part of that effort, the SCAD office of career and alumni success offers students and graduates an array of career-building services, including:

  • Résumé development
  • Portfolio building
  • Mock interviews
  • Self-promotion
  • Assistance finding internships and employment opportunities

With professional guidance and one-on-one advising, SCAD will help you kick-start your creative career.

Take the next step

Put your creative career in motion and explore SCAD's Historic Preservation degree programs. Degrees are available in Savannah and online. Program availability varies by location.

  - Savannah    - eLearning