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Robert W. Ogle and William Remsen Selected by NCPE to Present and Publish Pakistan Case Study

Preservation Education Challenge: Establishing Cultural Heritage Curricula and Professional Practice in Emerging South Asian Democracies.

Robert W. Ogle, Director of Historic Preservation Studies at the Boston Architectural College

Robert W. Ogle, Director of Historic Preservation Studies at the Boston Architectural College

Boston Architectural College; Bonica Ayala

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that the collaborative work of Robert W. Ogle, Director of Historic Preservation Studies at the Boston Architectural College, and William C.S. Remsen, Boston Architectural College, Chief Preservation Architect at International Preservation Associates, Inc., was selected by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). Their abstract, Preservation Education Challenge: Establishing Cultural Heritage Curricula and Professional Practice in Emerging South Asian Democracies. Pakistan - A Case Study, will be published in Preservation Education & Research (PER), and they will present on the topic at the NCPE Conference in Natchitoches, LA, July 15-16, 2014.

PER disseminates international peer-reviewed scholarship relevant to historic environment education from fields such as historic preservation, heritage conservation, heritage studies, building and landscape conservation, urban conservation, and cultural patrimony. NCPE launched PER in 2007 as part of its mission to exchange and disseminate information and ideas concerning historic environment education, current developments and innovations in conservation, and the improvement of historic environment education programs and endeavors in the United States and abroad. The NCPE Conference brings together the NCPE Executive Committee, preservation educators, and students to explore topics of shared interest.

"Given the lack of access to higher education and the abundance of historic cultural heritage in need extant in Pakistan, how can historic preservation education be established and compete for scarce educational support when the contemporary governmental education priorities target health, science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates?" Robert and William ask in their Abstract. "This paper explores how Boston Architectural College and National College of Arts-Rawalpindi with the assistance of the United States Department of State are approaching solutions to this problem."

Robert and William are working in partnership with the National College of Arts (NCA) in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, through a Cooperative Agreement award from the U.S. Department of State, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Islamabad. The goals of the partnership include promotion of professional development and expansion of cultural awareness through faculty and student exchanges, conducting scholarly research, development of a heritage conservation field school, and establishment of a robust online course delivery system to expand accessibility to quality design and heritage conservation education.

The BAC is a member of the National Council for Preservation Education, and both the Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Historic Preservation and Bachelor of Design Studies (BDS) in Historic Preservation meet the standards for degree granting programs established by the NCPE. The MDS 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. 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 BDS 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 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. The BAC also offers a fully-online Historic Preservation Certificate.