Summer Heritage Conservation

Summer Heritage Conservation


In 2017, the USC School of Architecture will host its 25th annual summer program devoted to the conservation of the historic built environment.

This intensive program introduces the principles and practice of historic preservation/heritage conservation in the United States and abroad. Classes are taught by noted experts from Southern California and can be taken as individual topic seminars or as a whole series. In addition to examining the history and philosophy of the conservation movement, lectures and field trips to historic sites throughout the Los Angeles area introduce participants to a broad range of legal, economic, aesthetic, and technical issues associated with the documentation, conservation, and interpretation of historic structures, landscapes, and communities. Sites to be visited and studied include the 1924 Frank Lloyd Wright Freeman House, the 1908 Greene & Greene Gamble House, historic downtown Los Angeles, The Getty Conservation Institute, and more!

This course has been designed for students, design professionals, community leaders, preservationists, planners, and developers seeking a greater understanding of heritage conservation concepts in a contemporary context. Classes may be taken in themed clusters or as a sequence, and the entire course can be taken for academic credit. Some classes also earn professional continuing education units.*

Students taking the course for academic credit (Arch 549) must attend the full program, complete additional assignments and testing, and pay standard USC tuition. If you are not currently a USC student but still wish to take the course for academic credit, you may enroll as a "limited status student" - please visit to learn more.

Classes will be held on the University of Southern California campus, unless otherwise noted. Summer guest housing for non-local participants may be available at USC Cardinal Gardens - please visit for more information.


*AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, ASLA Continuing Education credits, and AIA Continuing Education Units may be available for some sessions.