Course Descriptions

YEAR 1  

History & Theory of Historic Preservation
*PR 640  3 credits  Fall
Eric Allison

Explores the concept of “What is Historic Preservation?” through a study of the route preservation has taken to reach the place it is today.  The course presents both the historic development of preservation and the theoretical and philosophical foundations of that development.  It then raises some of the fundamental issues concerning the values, assumptions, and practice of historic preservation. 

*PR 641  3 credits  Fall
Lacey Tauber

Introduces the student to methods of documenting and interpreting the built environment, emphasizing hands-on involvement through the analysis of a neighborhood in New York City.  It stresses research methodology, using library resources, public records, maps, historic documents, images, oral histories, and folklore.

Building Technology
*PR 651  3 credits  Fall  
Theo Prudon

The student learns to look at an existing building to understand and evaluate its performance and to develop the necessary repair and restoration technologies.  Typical restoration problems of various building types are studied with case studies involving actual restorations of historic buildings.

Preservation Law & Policy
*PR 661  3 credits  Spring
Eric Allison

This course provides an understanding of the legal underpinnings of landmark regulation, as well as interrelationships between preservation and public policy. It raises fundamental issues concerning the values, assumptions, and practice of historic preservation.

Concepts of Heritage
* PR 642A  3 credits  Spring
Ned Kaufman

This seminar provides an historical and critical introduction to concepts of heritage. All historic preservation efforts take place within the context of accepted definitions of heritage that in fact change dramatically over time; vary from country to country; and are contested even within the same communities. 

Architecture & Urban History 1: Europe
* PR 643B  3 credits  Fall
Anne Hrychuk Kontokosta

This course presents an overview of architectural history, primarily focused on Europe, but also including some information from the Middle East.  Knowledge of historical architectural styles is necessary for preservationists, particularly in regard to analyzing revival architecture in the United States.  This course prepares students for interpreting historic architectural styles.

Architecture & Urban History II: United States
* PR 643A  3 credits  Spring
Eric Allison

This course is a follow up to Architecture & Urban History I: Europe.  It presents an overview of architectural history in the United States, essential for preservationists.


Interventions, Alterations & Adaptive Reuse
* PR 652A  3 credits  Fall
Kevin Wolfe

Students study the complex issue of changing historic structures and structures within historic districts.  New construction, alterations, and additions present preservationists with many challenges, including questions of appropriateness that involve regulatory issues, aesthetics, and preservation philosophy.  Adaptive re-use is a relate issue, often requiring alterations, but even when it does not change the exterior of a building, the perception of a building can be dramatically changed.

Intro to Real Estate Development

* PR 670A  1 credit  Spring
Arthur Zabarkes

The purpose of this course is to (1) introduce the tools a developer uses in order decide whether to undertake a project and (2) explore the public policy implications of the developer’s perspective. It is the presumption of this course that good public policy requires harnessing the wealth maximizing instincts and objectives of the developer and that, too often, public policy disregards or undermines these instincts and objectives.

Real Estate Market Analysis
* PR 670B  1 credit  Spring
Jonathan Meyers

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of real estate market analysis.  The class will consider the general purposes and forms of real estate analysis and will explore in depth some of the specific challenges and approaches to analysis supply and demand for specific real estate product types.

Preservation Tax Credit Projects
* PR 670C  1 credit  Spring
William Higgins

This course examines all aspects of historic preservation tax credit projects, from the application process to a detailed summary of the National Register Criteria for Evaluation and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The course will also review the planning, structuring and pricing of historic tax credit investments from a tax and financial point of view, and will give students insight into the role of the historic preservation consultant in real estate development projects.

International Conservation
PR 781  1 credit  Fall
Lisa Ackerman

Taught by the Executive Vice President of the World Monuments Fund, this course focuses on preservation and conservation practices in other countries.

Project Management
PR 631  1 credit  Fall
Pat Fisher-Olson

This course prepares students to plan and manage an historic preservation project from beginning to end. 

Public History
PR 761  3 credits  Spring
Jeanne Houck

This lecture course introduces students to strategies for interpreting history and place through storytelling.  The focus is on oral history, interpretation in a museum setting, and other creative strategies for informing the public about places and events that matter.

Main Street Revitalization
PR 712A  1 credit  Fall
Norman Mintz

Following up on the Neighborhood Economic Development course that runs the first 10 weeks (see CRP courses), this class focuses on design and preservation issues in main street revitalization.

Neighborhood Preservation and Zoning 
PR 711  1 credit  Summer

This mini-course addresses current regulatory approaches to preserving neighborhood character, including National Register tools, local landmarking, contextual zoning, and conservation districts. The course presents new research by Carol Clark, one of the City’s top planners and preservationists. 

Special Topics in Preservation: Conservation
PR 749C  3 credits  Spring
Theo Prudon

As a follow up to Building Technology, this course is designed to address (traditional) building materials, their composition, forms of deterioration and possible general conservation methods in more detail. Where Building Technology took largely place within the class room, this introduction to the actual process of fabrication and conservation will be conducted through some 6 to 7 classroom lectures but also by an equal amount of visits to specialty workshops and laboratories not only on the Pratt campus but also in the industry.


Preservation Colloquium/Demonstration of Professional Competence
*PR 891  3 credits  Fall
Vicki Weiner

Conducted as a seminar, the Colloquium is designed to help students focus their conceptual thinking on concrete problems by analyzing and writing about historic preservation issues.  The course begins with an overview of current issues within the preservation movement, and an examination of some of the philosophical conflicts facing practitioners.  Then, drawing from current events, the students investigate specific preservation case studies and closely examine cases of most interest to the group.

Preservation Studio
*PR 840  5 credits  Spring

This studio introduces the student to basic techniques in consensus building, quality of life planning, value-based preservation, and comprehensive planning. In conjunction with a studio in City & Regional Planning and/or Urban Environmental Systems Management, this studio provides an opportunity for students to bring together an array of skills and knowledge to address a specific set of challenges based on current issues in a New York neighborhood. The studio begins with classroom and field study and includes meetings with experts and community representatives. Students work in multidisciplinary teams and are responsible to private, government, or non-profit clients. Exercises include resource assessments; development analyses; preservation plans; legal, regulatory, and political strategy; and preparing written reports and graphics.