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The 2024 Summer Short Course in Heritage Conservation offers clusters of online lecture sessions and field-based learning opportunities about the fundamentals of the discipline in an intensive two-week format. Taught by a team of practicing professionals in fields ranging from conservation and engineering to economics and law, the course is designed for those interested in a career change, city officials needing to brush up on the basics, or for prospective students interested in learning more about the field. The Summer Short Course can be taken in a variety of formats – individual sessions, topical clusters, or as a complete course.

30th Annual Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation Summer Course

Summer 2024 (May 13 – May 24, 2024)


In 2024, the USC School of Architecture will host its 31st 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 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.


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.


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 https://arr.usc.edu/registration-counseling/registration/limited-status-enrollment/ to learn more.


Classes in 2024 will be held both online via Zoom and in person.

Faculty**

Trudi Sandmeier – Director, Heritage Conservation; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Vinayak Bharne – Director of Design, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists; Adjunct Professor, USC


Ken Bernstein – Manager, Office of Historic Resources, City of Los Angeles


Peyton Hall, FAIA – Principal Architect Emeritus, Historic Resources Group; Adjunct Professor in Heritage Conservation, USC


Adrian Scott Fine – President and CEO, Los Angeles Conservancy


Christine Lazzaretto – Managing Principal, Historic Resources Group


John D. Lesak, AIA, FAPT, LEED AP – Principal, Page & Turnbull; Adjunct Assistant Professor in Heritage Conservation, USC


Jay Platt - Senior Urban Designer, City of Glendale; Adjunct Associate Professor in Heritage Conservation, USC


Sian Winship – President, Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter; Independent Consultant

 

** Preliminary list of faculty - subject to change.

Course Summary

The course can be taken in its entirety, in multi-day thematic clusters, or as individual sessions on various topics. Individual sessions are $100 each. Special discounted prices for the entire course or multi-day thematic clusters are listed below.

 

May 13 - 1.1 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION I

Examine the history and philosophy of historic preservation, and learn basic concepts, guidelines, and methods currently being used to preserve, rehabilitate, and restore cultural artifacts, buildings, districts, and landscapes in the United States.


May 13 – 1.2 - INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION II

Take a crash course on the history of southern California architecture and its unique architectural legacy.


May 14 – 1.3 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION III

Explore the fundamental concepts of integrity, significance, and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.


May 14 – 1.4 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION IV

Learn about advocacy strategies for protecting historic resources.


May 15 - 1.5 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION V

Get an overview of the basic nuts and bolts of conservation economics, including tax credit programs, Los Angeles’ Adaptive Reuse Ordinance and other incentives for conservation of historic properties.


May 15 - 1.6 – FIELD BASED LEARNING


May 16 - 2.1 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING I

Intended as an overview of the legal strategies for protecting historic resources in California, topics covered will include federal, state, and local preservation legislation, including discussions of Section 106 review, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs).


May 16 - 2.2 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING II

Learn about municipal strategies for protecting historic resources. Topics covered will include city planning, certified local governments, historic resource surveys, and preservation commissions.


May 17 – 2.3 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING III

Preservation planning can be complex – explore local case studies.


May 17 – 2.4 – FIELD BASED LEARNING


May 20 - 3.1 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION I

Understanding the materials that may be encountered in a historic building project is an essential part of the conservation process. This session examines commonly used materials, the potential failure of those materials, and best practices for repairing/replacing or preserving them.


May 20 – 3.2 - FIELD BASED LEARNING


May 21 - 3.3 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION II

The greenest building is the one already built – learn how historic buildings can “LEED” the way in sustainable design.


May 21 - 3.4 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION III

Explore an alphabet soup of cutting-edge technology used in the contemporary investigation and documentation of historic sites: GIS, NDE, HABS/HAER/HALS, and 3D laser scanning, among others.


May 22 – 3.5 – FIELD BASED LEARNING


May 23 – 4.1 – CULTURAL LANDSCAPES

Conservation is about more than just buildings – conserving cultural landscapes is a growing part of the practice.


May 23 – 4.2 – INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION

Heritage conservation is a global practice and goes far beyond simply saving a historic building.

 

May 24 – 4.3 - FIELD BASED LEARNING


** Preliminary list of courses - subject to change.

2024 Program Costs

In general, the course can be taken in its entirety, in multi-day thematic clusters, or as individual sessions on various topics.


Full course (10 days - 18 online and field sessions) - $1600

Online course (13 online sessions only) - $1150

  • Fundamentals cluster (5 online sessions - 5/13-5/15) - $475
  • Policy and Planning cluster (3 online sessions - 5/16-5/17) - $275
  • Materials cluster (3 online sessions - 5/20-5/21) - $275

Individual sessions are $100 per session.

Enrollment
  • If you would like to take this course for academic credit, and you are a current USC student, you should register for the summer session of Arch 549.


  • If you would like to take this course for academic credit, and you are NOT a current USC student, you will need to enroll as a limited status enrollment student and sign up for ARCH 549. Regular USC tuition rates apply and no scholarship funds are available for non-full time USC students.


  • If you would prefer to take the course but do NOT want academic credit, please visit our ticketing page to register online - RSVP HERE


If you have questions or you are interested in adding your name to the interest list for NEXT year (2025), please contact the associate director, Cindy Olnick, at olnick@usc.edu.