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BAC Historic Preservation Program Represented at Prestigious National Conferences

Cornerstones: Collaborative Approaches to Preservation and Beyond Boundaries National Preservation Conference

Old South Church, Boston

Old South Church, Boston

©Boston Architectural College; Photo by Bonica Ayala

The Boston Architectural College Historic Preservation Program will be represented at Cornerstones: Collaborative Approaches to Preservation, September 30 - October 4, 2012 in Charleston, SC and Beyond Boundaries National Preservation Conference, October 30 - November 3, 2012 in Spokane, WA, two national conferences on Historic Preservation.

Cornerstones: Collaborative Approaches to Preservation, produced by the Association of Preservation Technology (APT), is the premier Preservation Technology conference in the nation's first city of Historic Preservation. Preservation Trades Network (PTN) joins APT this year with a parallel conference, PTN's 16th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW), which showcases the work of some of the most skilled traditional tradespeople from the U.S. and abroad.

Beyond Boundaries, produced by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) brings together experts from across the country for the only national conference dedicated to all fields in preservation.

"We are thrilled to feature our innovative Bachelors and Masters Degree Programs in Historic Preservation as part of two of this fall's most prestigious national preservation conferences," said Robert W. Ogle, Director of Historic Preservation, School of Design Studies at The Boston Architectural College.

The BAC is a member of the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). Both the MDS and BDS in Historic Preservation meet the standards for degree granting programs established by NCPE.

The Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Historic Preservation at the BAC addresses the technical and cultural issues confronting today's preservationists. Students explore the philosophical and ethical roots of preservation and gain practical experience in preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and sites. The MDS is delivered in a low-residency format that combines online and face-to-face learning. For the first time, students and working professionals earn accredited masters degrees in historic preservation from wherever they live and work. Key to the low-residency format are brief periods of study at the BAC's Newbury Street campus, in which students use Boston's historic built environment as a laboratory.

The Bachelor of Design Studies (BDS) in Historic Preservation features a wide range of historic preservation topics that allows students to pursue a course of study tailored to their own interests and career objectives. Students concurrently complete an experiential learning component in which they work in professional preservation settings. As a result, graduates usually leave the BAC with substantial resumes, including professional experience and a diverse portfolio.