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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.

NYU London resumed in-person course meetings in September 2021.