University of Oregon

Historic Preservation Program

Core Courses: Eugene

AAAP 508 Workshop: Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School (2 credits)
This one-week field school offers hands-on preservation skills in site documentation, conservation practice, recording, and restoration as the focus of the course work. Students work alongside University of Oregon faculty members and regional professionals to preserve different sites in the Pacific Northwest. (Sardell)

AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Preservation Economics (3 credits)
Most of us accept that preservation will not take place in the private sector unless it makes economic sense. The objective of this course is to help preservation students understand why this is, as well as to arm them with the tools needed to find creative and profitable solutions for saving historic buildings. This course is offered at the UO in Portland location. Offered every other year. (Engeman)

AAAP 511 Introduction to Historic Preservation (3 credits)
Provides a broad overview of the field of historic preservation for students interested in learning about the work of preserving historic resources. Topics covered include a brief history of preservation in America; the legal, administrative, and fiscal workings of the layered government partnerships; the roles of private and nonprofit preservationists; and the various occupational opportunities for preservationists. It will also cover the dating and categorization of historic buildings through examination of architectural styles and building materials. (Sardell)

AAAP 515 Transportation and Preservation (3 credits)
Addresses issues of compliance with preservation laws and guidelines in relation to transportation development projects. Special attention is paid to understanding processes, such as how to fulfill Section 106 requirements,and how to negotiate the needs of the resource with the needs of the transportation authorities. Case studies and examples from throughout Oregon will be examined to illustrate key points. (Bell)

AAAP 531 National Register Nomination (3 credits)
Historic district designation acknowledges the scarcity and cultural worth of the buildings and sites, causing, in most cases, property values to rise, and allowing for modest tax incentives. The course offers an overview of the National Register of Historic Places process, various types of nominations, and instructions on preparing a registration form. Emphasis is placed on criteria, evaluation, historic context development, property recordation, and research strategies. Prerequisite: AAAP 511 Introduction to Historic Preservation. (Carter)

AAAP 541 Legal Issues in Historic Preservation (3 credits)
Interprets the relationships between general public policy and historic preservation; investigates the conflicting values between preservation and environmentalism; and examines how best to position ourselves, as preservationists, in broader land-use policy debates and issues. Offered every other year. (Eisemann)

AAAP 551 Historic Survey and Inventory Methodology (3 credits)
Methodology for conducting reconnaissance and intensive surveys utilizing U.S. National Park Service standards. Students will identify and record distinctive features of historic resources. Course work includes completion of Oregon inventory forms, site plan drawing, photography, and research. (Sardell)

AAAP 610 Experimental Course: Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
Introduces a range of research methodologies important to the field of historic preservation. Students develop their preliminary research proposals for their terminal research theses or projects. (Ranzetta)


AAAP 510 Experimental Course: American Building Construction History (4 credits)
Stresses the historical and theoretical dimensions of American building technology. Through an interdisciplinary approach, this course offers a study of the tools, techniques, and technological forces that shaped the American built environment from seventeenth-century New England to Chicago at the end of the nineteenth century. Occasional offering. (Heath)

AAAP 510 Experimental Course: American Common Houses (4 credits)
Introduces students to the interpretation of house plans, reading the exteriors of buildings, and documenting vernacular change over time. Occasional offering. (Hubka)

AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Identifying and Interpreting Vernacular Settings (4 credits)
A reading, discussion, and analysis seminar on the critical literature in vernacular studies. Building forms and plan types are discussed as examples of cultural and regional expression. A term paper or project is required. Occasional offering. (Heath)

AAAP 521, 522, 523 American Architecture from a Preservation Perspective I, II, III (4 credits each)
The American built environment is examined from the Colonial Era to present day. Marked changes in materials, technologies, and spatial usage are discussed. Stylistic development and building type analysis are addressed for preservation classification purposes, and the cultural, historical, and physical contexts within which various building forms existed are stressed in this series of courses. (Heath)


AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Adaptive Use Studio (4 credits)
Explores sustainability and preservation issues surrounding the adaptive reuse and development of structures in urban landscapes in a studio environment. This course is offered at the UO in Portland location. Offered every other year. (Miller Dowell)

AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Building Pathology: Masonry (4 credits)
This course covers a variety of masonry types, their evolution and stylistic context, their basic construction principles and context of use over the last centuries as well as their sustainability for the future. Focus will be given to deterioration and repair as well as assessment, material analysis, and conservation. Offered every other year. (Allsopp)

AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Building Pathology: Wood (4 credits)
Designed on the premise that a fundamental understanding of material properties of wood and how and why it ages is essential for good preservation. By the end of the course, students should be able to identify major risks and the underlying causes of wood condition, extract historic information from wood fabric, and select the most sensible and sustainable treatment strategies in practice. Offered every other year. (Radivojevic)

AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Graphic Communication of Ideas (3 credits)
The primary objective of the course is to develop a fundamental understanding and facility with basic graphic representation and documentation of the built environment. While focusing on the documentation of buildings using basic drawing skills and standard preservation practices, students expand their level of graphic literacy through a series of exercises and projects. Occasional offering. (Hubka)

AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Historic American Buildings Survey (4 credits)
Demonstrations and exercises teach technical drawing skills and issues related to building diagnostics. Course work may include production of drawings conforming to the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) standards as outlined by the U.S. National Park Service. (Allsopp)

AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Principles of Adaptive Reuse (3 credits)
Intended as an introduction to the guiding principles of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Case studies and guest speakers discuss the various constraints and opportunities addressed in actual projects undertaken within Oregon. This course is offered at the UO in Portland location. Offered every other year. (Kunowski)

AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Sense of Place: Oregon (3 credits)
Students investigate the diverse physical and cultural landscapes of Oregon and the forces that brought them into being. Students develop a deeper understanding of Oregon’s historic fabric, from form and function to the timeless notion that people make place. Field trips, guest lecturers, discussion, and presentations are intended to ignite students’ understanding of a sense of place. (Bell)

AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Sustainable Preservation (4 credits)
A full-bodied investigation into the relationship between preservation and sustainability philosophies and methodologies. Students research how “green” is measured, understand what those measurements tend to value, and assess how they might affect historic preservation efforts. Teams of students are organized to apply the highest methods and goals of both fields to local buildings. (Allsopp)

AAAP 535 Historical Archaeology and Preservation (3 credits) 
Explores the interrelationships between historical archaeology and historic preservation, two fields linked together by common interests in documentation, identification, interpretation, and preservation of heritage resources. (Minor)

OXEU 688 Croatia: Field Recording Methods and Site Documentation (3 credits) 
Training in basic fieldwork recordation and analysis techniques, resulting in documentation such as architectural plans, textual descriptions, photographs, and interpretive drawings. Exploration of construction techniques and form or plan types through a series of case studies. Students will collect ethnographic data of certain objects and interpret their uses within the context of their cultural settings. This course is offered at the Croatia Conservation Field School. (Thallon)

OXEU 688 Croatia: Interpreting Cultural Landscapes (3 credits)
Focuses on heritage conservation issues, heritage protection policies, and architectural documentation requirements— comparing practices in the U.S. with those in Croatia. The history of urban growth and the changes in town form within the region will provide a framework for policy and preservation practice discussions. Students will collect ethnographic data of certain objects and interpret their uses within the context of their cultural settings. This course is offered at the Croatia Conservation Field School. (Heath)

OXEU 688 Croatia: Preservation Field Practicum (3 credits)
Students, alongside University of Oregon faculty members and local professionals, will explore various phases of a revitalization project in Croatia. The course will cover the fundamentals of masonry and wood construction in a hands- on format from methods of dressing and laying stone, to wood preservation techniques in the context of traditional Croatian practices. This course is offered at the Croatia Conservation Field School. (Field school staff)


AAAP 609 Practicum: Internship I (2 credits) 
This course is designed to acquaint students with researching and applying for internship opportunities. Students learn how their current academic learning experience can inform and enrich the on-site internship as well as the importance of researching, networking, negotiating, and creating strong application materials. (Grieger)

AAAP 607 Seminar: Internship II (3 credits) 
Upon returning from summer internships, students enroll in this seminar course in which they will develop an internship portfolio as well as a ten-minute professional presentation and informational poster synthesizing key elements of the internship learning experience. Students will present this information to historic preservation faculty members, students, and other members of the College of Design community. (Grieger)

The following generic course numbers cover required credits given through individualized study:

AAAP 503 Thesis
AAAP 601 Research
AAAP 606 Special Problems
AAAP 611 Terminal Project

Note: The content and direction of the individualized study course work must be approved prior to registration (by the instructor who will supervise the work). Please see the historic preservation office coordinator for registration assistance.


Please visit individual department websites for course descriptions.


ANTH 549 Cultural Resource Management (4 credits)


ARCH 540 Human Context of Design (4 credits)
ARCH 570 Building Construction (4 credits)
ARCH 633 History of Sustainable Design (4 credits)

Arts and Administration

AAD 510 Experimental Course: Cultural Museums (3 credits)
AAD 529 Museum Education (4 credits)
AAD 612 Cultural Administration (4 credits)


GEOG 544 Cultural Geography (4 credits)
GEOG 571 North American Historical Landscapes (4 credits)
GEOG 581 GIScience I (4 credits)

History of Art and Architecture

ARH 510 Experimental Course: Modern Architecture (4 credits)
ARH 563 Native American Architecture (4 credits)
ARH 567 Chicago Architecture (4 credits)
ARH 568 Oregon Architecture (4 credits)
ARH 578 History of Landscape Architecture II (4 credits)

Interior Architecture

IARC 574 History of Interior Architecture I (3 credits)
IARC 575 History of Interior Architecture II (3 credits)
IARC 576 History of Interior Architecture III (3 credits)

Landscape Architecture

LA 510 Experimental Course: National Parks (4 credits)
LA 580 Landscape Preservation (4 credits)

Oregon Leadership in Sustainability

OLIS 620 Urban Ecological Design (4 credits)

Planning, Public Policy and Management

PPPM 522 Grant Proposal Writing (1 credit)
PPPM 532 Urban Revitalization (4 credits)
PPPM 540 Land Use and Growth Management (4 credits)
PPPM 542 Sustainable Urban Development (4 credits)
PPPM 548 Collaborative Planning and Management (4 credits)
PPPM 552 Public Participation and Diverse Communities (4 credits)
PPPM 581 Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations (4 credits)
PPPM 626 Community Planning Workshop (5 credits)
PPPM 680 Managing Nonprofit Organizations (4 credits)

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of all available courses. If participating departments offer other courses that apply to the historic preservation field of study, the program will address the course’s eligibility to count toward these areas in the term offered.