The Certificate in Historic Preservation, offered by the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design (AED), creates an opportunity for students from many disciplines who are interested in increasing their knowledge about architectural history and knowing more about how this knowledge can be applied in historical contexts in the built environment. This certificate is available to all undergraduate degree students, except students pursuing the Architecture major or the Historic Preservation major. Students majoring in disciplines such as community development where students learn to work with communities and public policy, art history where students are educated to understand the broad scope of art and architectural historical knowledge, or public history where students focus on the cultural dimension of history, may find the certificate's coursework is a valuable complement to their degree programs.

The Certificate in Historic Preservation requires 15 credits of coursework that includes the Architectural History survey sequence and core Preservation courses. The certificate gives students an overview of the preservation field and an opportunity to work on projects that address current issues of historic preservation in contextual settings.

Campus Location: Main

Program Code: TA-HIPR-CERT

Contact Information

Sasha W. Eisenman, PhD, Architecture and Environmental Design Department Chair
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Dixon Hall, Room 201
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002

Clifton Fordham, RA, IFMA, LEED AP, Architecture Program Head
Architecture Building 133
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in Historic Preservation.


This credit certificate may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of the required credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

At least half of the courses required for the certificate must be completed at Temple University.

Note: The symbol after the course title indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated.
(F) = offered fall only
(S) = offered spring only
Required Courses
ARCH 1001Introduction to Design and the Environment3
ARCH 2141Architectural History: Ancient through Renaissance (F)3
ARCH 2142Architectural History: 17th Century through 20th Century (S)3
ARCH 3111Introduction to Historic Preservation (F) 13
ARCH 4145Research Methods for Historic Preservation (F) 23
Total Credit Hours15

Students must declare the certificate prior to taking ARCH 3111.


This course has a prerequisite.