SCAD preservation design class examining old structure

A faculty of preservation professionals

Preservation design professors at SCAD bring years of professional experience and vital industry contacts to the classroom. Our faculty members are award-winning practitioners and sought-after designers at the peak of their field, but their greatest achievement is the success of SCAD students, in the classroom and beyond.

Program leadership

Christian Sottile

Dean, School of Building Arts; Design principal, Sottile & Sottile

"Responsible stewardship of our past requires that the inheritors of our history understand and value it. For me, educating and exciting students about the importance of our collective past is both extremely enjoyable and rewarding."

Justin W. Gunther | Preservation design professor

Faculty experience

SCAD professors are dedicated to creating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities just for you. Through hands-on real-world projects, extensive field work, guest speakers, critiques, portfolio reviews and more, we connect our students with professionals in the industry every day. These contacts regularly lead to internships, mentorships and job opportunities for our students.

Preservation design faculty at SCAD have worked for the following organizations:

  • Getty Conservation Institute of the J. Paul Getty Trust
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon
  • International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
  • National Register of Historic Places

"I am thankful I had the opportunity to learn the philosophical underpinnings of historic preservation in a SCAD classroom and then to apply those lessons in the city of Savannah. I rely on those experiences daily as I oversee Virginia's rehabilitation tax credit program."

Elizabeth Tune | M.F.A., historic preservation, 1998 | Director of the division of preservation incentives, Virginia Department of Historic Resources

An environment designed for your success

At SCAD, professors who facilitate incredible opportunities are just one component of a diverse and fulfilling student experience. You can do it all: participate in signature events, mingle with visiting artists and professionals, take advantage of stellar resources and more.

Learn more about the preservation design student experience