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M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture

The Master of Arts in Historical and Sustainable Architecture is a 9-month programme focusing on the creative reuse of older buildings. It is the first academic programme to unite the topics of sustainable architecture, adaptive reuse and historic preservation within a single curriculum.

Sponsored by the Urban Design and Architecture Studies programme of the Art History Department at New York University, the M.A. will benefit from the New York programme’s tradition of interdisciplinary analysis and its broad, humanistic perspective on urban design. Uniting finance, environmentalism, education, tourism, and government policy, it will explore older buildings as assets to real estate development. The curriculum provides academic training and encourages students to find experiential learning opportunities.

British architects, designers, builders and developers are leaders in the field of adaptive reuse and sustainable architecture.For this reason, the programme is based in London, where our faculty consists of the city’s innovative architects and designers. Working under restrictive historic protection orders, these designers have successfully reused both important and modest older buildings, adapting them to new uses and integrating them into new projects built around, over, and even under historic structures. Our students will have the rare opportunity to study with these leading practitioners.

We welcome a diverse student body, including recent American college graduates and young professionals, as well as applicants from other nations. Graduates will shape the urban environment as city planners, public administrators, non-profit advocates, public and private consultants, and real estate developers.


MA Programe Dates 2013-14

(Please note these are subject to revision)

FALL 2013
Students Arrive: Wednesday August 28
Orientation: Thursday August 29 & Friday August 30
Classes Start: Monday September 2
Fall Break: Monday Nov 4- Sunday Nov 10
Classes Finish: Friday December 13

Classes begin: Monday January 6
Spring Break: Monday March 3-Friday March 7
Reading Week: Friday April 18-Friday April 25
Classes Finish: Friday May 16


Sample Programme Calendar (please note this is subject to revision)

Student Reviews;

"My favourite part of the program has been the experiences based on London's resources. It has been great to attend lectures by professionals working at the forefront of such a new field. It has been extreamly beneficial for our instructors to incorporate work from their practices and to demonstrate how what we are learning applies to areas, buildings and economies right now, in and around London."
"The Independent Study program was exceptional in the education it provided. Through this course, we were able to tailor our lecture choices to our interests. The course provided us with a reason and an opportunity to venture into the architectural world. The information gathered from these lectures will be remembered and useful for the rest of my education"
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