Preserve the past while securing your future

Preservation design is an extraordinary field that combines history, planning and conservation with business, entrepreneurship and design innovation to elevate the built environment. SCAD empowers students to be leaders in this rapidly evolving profession. Within a studio-based curriculum, students push boundaries of interdisciplinary collaboration, crafting artful solutions that upcycle the community and the built environment. Pursue your passion at a school that has been at the vanguard of preservation for more than three decades.

Launch your creative career

Request information

Apply now

Savannah is the place to study preservation design

Students learning preservation design in Savannah live and study in one of America’s most significant National Historic Landmark Districts. Their work with the local historic architecture forms the lessons of present-day preservation and offers valuable experience with issues of preservation advocacy, restoration, conservation, economics, project management and renewal.


Recent efforts in the local area include:

  • First African Baptist Church | Savannah, Georgia
  • The McIntosh House | Savannah, Georgia
  • Victorian District | Savannah, Georgia
  • Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Museum | Savannah, Georgia
  • Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery | Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • Planned Historic District | Springfield, Georgia
  • Groton Plantation | Estill, South Carolina
  • Massie Heritage Center | Savannah, Georgia
  • Unitarian Universalist Church | Savannah, Georgia
  • Harden House | Savannah, Georgia

"Working in one of America’s oldest and most unique National Historic Landmark communities prepared me for my current day-to-day projects including ongoing survey and assessment of historic sites and leading workshops on historic archaeology, masonry, and paint and finish treatments."

Jeff MacDonald | M.F.A., historic preservation, 2003 | Historic preservation officer, Virginia City, Montana

Preservation design degrees

SCAD offers accredited B.F.A., M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in preservation design in Savannah and an M.A. degree in historic preservation online via eLearning.

  - Savannah    - eLearning

    Chuck Chewning, creative director, Donghia, Inc.

    Many programs at SCAD complement each other, giving you the option to explore multiple majors and diversify your skills. Learn how Chuck Chewning (B.F.A., historic preservation and interior design, 1986) used his two degrees to achieve international success.

    Learn more about preservation design careers

    Creative collaborations

    SCAD emphasizes collaboration between departments through opportunities like the SCADpad® micro-housing project. SCADpad combined students from 12 different fields to reimagine the spaces in which we live. The project earned global media attention and the World Architecture News Urban Design Award for its innovations.

    Learn more about the groundbreaking SCADpad project

    "As a professor, I strive to help students discover their own passions and challenge them to set goals that demand their very best. Each year, each quarter and each class consistently inspire me through my students' extraordinary accomplishments."

    Jeffrey Eley | Architectural history professor

    Preservation on an international scale

    Beyond our Savannah-area preservation projects, SCAD garners continuous recognition for revitalization efforts around the world, including the adaptive use of the new SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia; La Maison Basse in Lacoste, France; and the historic North Kowloon Magistracy in Hong Kong.

    SCAD has been recognized with awards from:

    • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    • The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    • International Downtown Association
    • The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
    • National Trust for Historic Preservation
    • The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
    • Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF)
    • Congress for the New Urbanism


    Related majors and minors

    Preservation design is an ever-evolving field. In order to thrive in such an industry, many students choose to pursue a double major or related minor while they are here. You can explore new perspectives, harness diverse creative approaches, and develop a unique, well-rounded style — all while earning multiple degrees.

    Ready to see more?

    Connect with us! Request more information or apply today, and we’ll send you everything you need to begin your exciting journey at SCAD.