Membership Standards

The NCPE standards for historic preservation degree granting graduate & undergraduate programs with protocols for evaluating NCPE associate members

1.0. Philosophy:

1.1. The purpose of the standards is to foster the attainment and maintenance of excellence in preservation education, while recognizing the importance of program diversity, and the plurality of disciplines and skills demanded in the field. Every program should provide experience in and engender respect for this interdisciplinary nature and the recognition that preservation focuses on cooperative work.

1.2. Each program should develop a Mission Statement identifying its purpose and objectives, and describing the means used to achieve them. Programs with special emphasis in archeology, architecture, heritage education, history, landscape architecture, planning, etc., shall clearly identify this focus.

1.3. The Council believes that self evaluation, rather than regulation, provides the most effective assurance of quality of student preparation.

1.4. It is expected that each program should undertake a review of its Mission Statement and resources (faculty, space, financial support, computer capabilities, etc.) on a regular basis.

2.0. Program Organization

2.1. The program must have a director or coordinator.

2.2. The program shall be supported by an identifiable faculty, full-time and adjunct, whose educational preparation and professional experience qualify them to teach preservation.

2.3. Completion of the program should contribute to the award of a university degree at the graduate or undergraduate level.

3.0. Program Content

Consistent with the Council’s belief in diversity, it should be noted that these elements or suggested standards are intended as minimum guidelines for preservation programs that lead to a graduate or undergraduate degree, and are not intended as a curriculum model.

3.1. Fundamental Components

Recognizing the diversity of approach and expertise required in the field of preservation, the Council expects that all programs will develop specialities in one or more of the following areas of knowledge. The objective of such instruction will vary in response to the goals of the individual program as identified in the Mission Statement, and may extend from awareness of the issues in a particular topic, through understanding, to the development of expertise.

The Council expects that all programs will provide instruction in, or require as a prerequisite, the following skills and knowledge deemed common and essential in the field of historic preservation:

3.1.1. Instruction equivalent to at least two (2) courses in the history of the designed environment, (including, for example, the history of architecture, urban development, landscape architecture, archeology, or material culture.)

3.1.2. Instruction equivalent to at least one (1) course devoted to the history and theory of preservation.

3.1.3. Instruction equivalent to at least one (1) course devoted to documentation and recording techniques used in preservation and archeology.

3.1.4. Since preservation required the field application of knowledge, including communication skills, the program should encourage a significant period of practical experience, equivalent to an internship, practicum, or apprenticeship.

3.2. Specialized Components:

3.2.1. Design Issues

Issues of appropriateness, restoration rehabilitation, in-fill, exterior and interior concerns at a variety of scales, and their effect on buildings, neighborhoods, communities and landscapes.

3.2.2. Technological Issues

History, evaluation and conversation in the normal range of building materials and systems.

3.2.3. Economics Issues

Marketing principles, private and public finance, property management, and budget preparation.

3.2.4. Legal Issues

Constitutional law, preservation case law, federal, state and local regulatory legislation and administration.

3.2.5. Planning Issues

Fundamentals of zoning, strategic planning, housing, and the social aspects of real estate development, archeology and cultural landscapes.

3.2.6. Curatorial Issues:

Site development, interpretation and management.

4.0. Alumni Performance:

Since programs are measured by the performance of their graduates, programs should have a system of placement for their graduates and for monitoring their career progress.

Protocols for evaluating NCPE associate members

  • Each program should provide a mission statement clearly defining the purpose of the program and how it contributes to preservation education. This should be evaluated in reference to the Standards for Non-Degree Preservation Education Programs, Section 1.0 Philosophy.
  • Each program seeking to be an Associate Member should reference the Standards for Non-Degree Preservation Education Programs and define:
    • How the program is organized and operated (Section 2.0).
    • Which fundamental components are addressed (Section 3.1).
    • Which specialized components are addressed (Section 3.2).
  • If the program is offering a certificate, define how that certificate is earned in terms of coursework, studio projects, thesis, internship or other requirements. The program should also define how that certificate is recorded in terms of degree requirements, if any. If the program offers continuing or seminar-based educational opportunities, it should define how the success of these opportunities are evaluated.
  • Each program should define how attendees and graduates are placed, evaluated and monitored (Section 4.0).

NCPE Executive Committee

Robert Young, chair
Anne Sullivan, vice chair and memberships
Andréa Livi Smith, vice chair and web site editor
Steven Hoffman, secretary
Richard Laub, treasurer
Cari Goetcheus, internships
Michael Tomlan, special projects
Lauren Bricker, chair emerita
Paul Hardin Kapp, chair emeritus

James Marston Fitch Awards

The National Council for Preservation Education has honored the following preservation educators for their outstanding achievements:

2000 - Bernd Foerster
2001 - Kevin Jordan
2002 - Marshall McLennan
2003 - David Fogle
2004 - Chester Liebs
2005 - Don Peting
2006 - Lyle Rosenberger
2007 - Hugh Miller
2008 - Robert Melnick
2009 - Michael Tomlan
2010 - David Woodcock
2011 - Eugene Cizek
2012 - Brown Morton
2013 - Roy Graham
2014 - John Waters

NCPE Distinguished Service Awards

1989 - Antoinette Downing
1989 - Blair Reeves
1989 - Robert Stipe

NCPE Archives

The NCPE Archives are housed at the Eastern Michigan University Library's Special Collections in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The public is encouraged to access the organizational records of NCPE or any of the other documents housed in the Historic Preservation Special Collection.