This is your time — experience it all

Cutting-edge resources. Connected faculty. Celebrated guests and world-renowned events. As a preservation design student at SCAD, you can capitalize on every opportunity to get the most out of your student experience.

A location to match your education

As the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S., Savannah is the perfect venue to study preservation design. Even the home for your studies, the Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation, is a creative adaptation of a 1908 classical revival-style convent that now serves as a state-of-the-art community resource for Savannah’s continued revitalization.

Premium tools always at your fingertips:

  • Conservation lab for testing materials, analyzing restoration treatments and experimenting with new techniques
  • Computer lab equipped with AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, ArcGIS, JRC Reconstructor, Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Restoration workshop and outdoor work pavilion
  • Faro Focus and Next Engine 3D laser scanners
  • 3D printer for rapid prototyping
  • 2 Olympus SZX7 stereo-zoom microscopes
  • Dino-Lite digital microscope
  • Minolta colorimeter
  • Model shop equipped with tabletop machines, hand-operated machines and laser cutters

"My time at SCAD provided a living laboratory for my passion for economic development in the context of historic preservation. SCAD helped prepare me for my exciting role working on community revitalization throughout the state of Iowa."

Michael Wagler | B.F.A., historic preservation, 2004 | Main Street Iowa State coordinator, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Recognitions for outstanding work

Your SCAD professors will encourage you to become involved in academic and professional communities by pursuing opportunities to present your research and earn scholarship recognition. Since 2004, SCAD has garnered more scholars than any other preservation program in North America, with students presenting at local, national and international conferences.

Recent student award winners include:

  • Anna Lindamood (M.A., historic preservation, 2016) | George Stout Grant winner, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 2016
  • Bethany Emenhiser (M.F.A. historic preservation, 2015) | Student Paper Competition winner, National Council for Preservation Education, 2015
  • Kendra Parzen (M.F.A. historic preservation, 2015) | Student Paper Competition winner, National Council for Preservation Education, 2015
  • Sabrinna Cox (M.F.A. historic preservation, 2015) | Student Paper Competition winner, National Council for Preservation Education, 2014
  • Sehila Mota Casper (M.F.A., historic preservation, 2014) | Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholar, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2014
  • Allison Asbrock (M.F.A., historic preservation, 2015) | George Stout Grant Scholar, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 2014
  • Caitlin Hart (M.F.A., historic preservation, 2014) | Ambassadors Award, Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2013

"My ongoing efforts to preserve sacred lands and the cultural resources tied to them is a privilege, and my current collaboration with other experts on new international preservation policies for indigenous peoples is rewarding."

Dominic Henry | M.A., historic preservation, 2013 | International repatriation fellow, Association on American Indian Affairs
Actor Jeremy Irons lecturing on preservation design in the Clarence Thomas Center chapel

Guidance from the industry’s best

You’ll have the chance to connect with professional and alumni mentors and special guests, such as preservation enthusiast and actor Jeremy Irons, as they give lectures and host discussions with SCAD students. These unique collaborative experiences offer even more exposure to preservation approaches worldwide. Recent guests include:

  • John Fowler, executive director | Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Andrew Potts, executive director | United States Committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites
  • Michelle Magalong, chair | Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation
  • Donovan Rypkema, principal | PlaceEconomics
  • Susan West Montgomery, vice president | National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Lisa Craig, chief of historic preservation | City of Annapolis, Maryland
  • Bonnie Burnham, president and CEO | World Monuments Fund

Events to keep you inspired

No matter what SCAD location you journey to, there will always be something going on. Each year, we host signature events like the Savannah Film Festival, SCADstyle and the School of Building Arts Lecture Series so students can expand their networks, earn international press, meet lauded guests and just have fun.

Building arts lecturer Timothy Mansfield speaking at SCAD

School of Building Arts Lecture Series

Featuring an impressive roster of industry leaders, the annual School of Building Arts Lecture Series brings renowned design professionals to the university to present a lecture, visit classes, provide portfolio reviews and meet with students.

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Discover your niche

SCAD offers a diverse selection of electives allowing a focus on the specific areas of preservation design you prefer. Classes in urban design, architectural history, sustainability and planning expand your understanding of the built environment and creative strategies for revitalizing communities. Interior design and architecture study enhances practices for adaptation of existing buildings. Students interested in the management of heritage resources can explore digital technologies, conservation science, museum studies and themed entertainment design.

Learn in a world-class museum environment

All historic preservation students at SCAD enjoy easy access to the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah's premier contemporary art museum. The award-winning facility serves as a teaching museum where you can attend academic classes, film screenings, gallery talks, annual events and more, including lectures and workshops with renowned visiting artists.

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Make your SCAD experience even more unforgettable

We encourage students to spend a quarter exploring our university locations in Atlanta, Lacoste or Hong Kong. New perspectives allow students to appreciate the value of heritage and the diversity of preservation practices worldwide. These experiences help students define their unique approach to preservation design as change agents with an eye toward the future.

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