Architectural historians interpret the diverse built environments of all cultures and times across the globe. Based in the living laboratory of Savannah, SCAD architectural history students research and analyze buildings, urban forms and the cultural landscape as a whole in the context of their time and place, and interpret them from multiple perspectives to reveal their rich and varied meanings.
Environment of expertiseSCAD is one of the few institutions to offer degree programs specifically in architectural history, which are tailored to the needs of the many career opportunities in the field. At SCAD, students learn from one of the largest concentrations of architectural historians in one department, and the professors' breadth of expertise covers the entire history of world architecture. SCAD architectural history students complement their traditional academic studies with classes that teach relevant studio-based skills, and with internships and other opportunities to hone their professionalism.
Architectural history is offered in Savannah.
Diverse career opportunities
The SCAD architectural history program emphasizes professional career preparation. Most SCAD architectural history alumni are employed outside of academia. They hold positions as:
- Architectural researcher and evaluator
- Preservation planner/administrator
- Cultural resources coordinator
- Heritage consultant
- Historical site manager or curator
- Historic foundation manager
- Architecture critic
Studies in Savannah
The city of Savannah and the surrounding region form an incomparable environment in which to study architectural history. SCAD students regularly:
- Measure and sketch historical buildings and landscapes in the area.
- Conduct research using documentary and archival sources.
- Document architectural resources using digital design and GIS.
- Complete field and teaching internships in the region.
- Lead historic location tours.