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Career Paths for HPCP Majors


In the simplest terms, an architect is a licensed professional who designs and organizes spaces, and conceives and plans the construction of buildings, for the purpose of human occupancy or use. Architects may conceive and design offices, houses, skyscrapers, ships, landscapes, and even entire communities.

With the right experience, they are qualified to teach at the secondary level in a college or university setting. They may also assist communities or companies transition to more sustainable and carbon-neutral living environments through research and philanthropy. They work together with contractors and project managers on construction projects and oversee communication with clients and design teams.

Architects at all levels of experience must also stay up-to-date with design trends, technology, new products and materials, and constantly work to remain educated about changes within the industry. While traditional competencies like planning, design, rendering, and planning remain essential, skills like programming, coding, data mining, and knowing how to build a spreadsheet have become an expected part of a modern architect’s skillset.

Some of the areas of architecture overlap, and some fields stand alone, but all are vital to our society.
• Landscape Architecture
• Industrial Architects
• Commercial or Public Architects
• Residential Design Architects
• Restoration Architects
• Architectural Historians

Must Take: HPCP 199, HPCP 215, HPCP 299, ARTH 335 and 338, URST 310/320, and then: ARTH 105, ARTH 265, ARTS 119, HPCP 319, HPCP 410, HPCP 415
Recommended: HIST 323, ARTH 333, ARTH 394

Urban Design

Urban design can be described as a mix of city planning, landscape design, and architecture. It involves planning and designing nearly every aspect of a city. Some of the things that urban designers incorporate into their plans may include buildings, streets, landscaping, public transportation systems, and public parks.

Part of an urban designer’s job is to make the cities and towns he/she’s working on look and feel aesthetically pleasing. This can be done by adding or updating public parks and paying special attention to things like landscaping details and street furniture. Street furniture refers to the various items on streets that are placed there for the comfort and convenience of pedestrians. Although most modern urban designers won’t usually help design and plan completely new cities and towns, they will often help improve existing cities and towns. City officials often call upon urban designers when a city’s population increases and the current resources and amenities simply aren’t enough.

Urban designers typically work in large or architecture firms. Real estate developers will also usually work with urban designers as well. In some cases, city governments will also retain individual urban designers also.

Must Take: HPCP 199, HPCP 215, HPCP 299, ARTH 335 and 338, URST 310/320 and then: ARTH 105, ARTH 265, and/or HIST 211, ARTS 119, HPCP 315, HPCP 319, HPCP 410 or URST 400, HPCP 415
Recommended: ECON 307, ARTH 333
Helpful: ARTH 333

Landscape Design

Landscape designers use the environment as their canvas, typically beginning with a blank slate and ending with a functional and beautiful outdoor space for people to enjoy. This profitable career allows you to design landscapes for homes, businesses, parks, and malls.

Service is also important, as landscape designers work closely with clients to develop a design plan specific to that person's wants and needs. Once specific landscape elements are selected, drawing up a plan can be a snap using CAD (computer-aided design) software (although the traditional method of sketching designs with pencil and paper works just as well).

A landscape designer prepares project estimates, designs projects using CAD (computer-aided design) software - or by hand, works with installation crews to achieve total customer satisfaction, and meets with clients at their properties and manages client accounts.

Must Take: HPCP 199, HPCP 215, HPCP 299, ARTH 335 and 338, URST 310/320 and then: ARTH 105, ARTH 265 and/or HPCP 275, ARTS 119, HPCP 375, HPCP 410, HPCP 415
Recommended: HIST 323

Building Conservation

Building conservators advise on and promote the conservation of historic buildings, structures, and areas of historic, architectural, or artistic importance and interest. They work to provide long-term treatment and care for buildings and promote the preservation and enhancement of historic structures. They also work in regeneration projects that can result in community, economic, and environmental benefits.

Conservators oftentimes survey historic sites and buildings in order to determine their significance in the community. They assess and recommend buildings and areas for conservation and present conservation issues to planning and development groups locally and nationally. They work to develop policies and strategies for building conservation and provide consultations for homeowners who are seeking to conserve parts or all of their historic structure.

Must Take: ARTH 105, ARTH 265, HPCP 275, HPCP 305, ARTS 119, HPCP 315, HPCP 319, HPCP 410, HPCP 415
Recommended: ANTH 202, ANTH 306, ARTH 333

Museum Studies/Interpretation

Museum archivists appraise, process, catalog, and preserve permanent records and historically valuable documents. Curators oversee collections of artworks and historic items and may conduct public service activities for an institution. Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore objects and documents in museum collections and exhibits.

Archivists authenticate and appraise historical documents and archival materials, preserve and maintain documents and objects, create and manage a system to maintain and preserve electronic records, organize and classify archival records, and safeguard records by creating film and digital copies.

Curators, museum technicians, and conservators typically acquire, store, and exhibit collections, select the theme and design of exhibits, design, organize, and conduct tours and workshops for the public. They also attend meetings and civic events to promote their institution, and plan and conduct special research projects.

Museum interpreters provide historical information for museum and gallery exhibit visitors. A Museum Interpreter will assist with marketing and promoting museum and exhibit programs and events, coordinate the activities of volunteers, seasonal staff, interns and other personnel, engage visitors by designing and giving presentations.

Must Take: HPCP 199, HPCP 215, HPCP 299, ARTH 335 and 338, URST 310/320 and then: ARTH 265, HPCP 275, HPCP 410, HPCP 415
Recommended: HIST 323, ANTH 202, ARTH 333, ANTH 493
Helpful: ANTH 493

Historic Real Estate

The buying and selling of historic properties requires a unique perspective of the historic landscape and the real estate market.

Real Estate Agents act as intermediaries between buyers and sellers, prepare documents like contracts, purchase agreements, closing statements, deeds, and leases, arrange for title searches in order to establish clear property titles, inspect properties and arrange for maintenance if needed, appraise properties, review plans for new construction with clients, and locate and appraise undeveloped areas for building sites. Historic property real estate includes all of these things but from the perspective of preservation.

Students interested in pursuing employment in the real estate market for historic properties should understand the historic preservation tax incentives for property owners. It is also helpful to have researching and documentation experience, along with experience in building conservation techniques and the history of the built environment.

Must Take: ARTH 105, ARTH 265, HPCP 275, HPCP 305, HPCP 315, HPCP 410, HPCP 420, HPCP 415
Recommended: HIST 323
Helpful: ARTH 333

Historic Property Management

Historic property management combines preservation maintenance with modern systems management. Learn how to read your building, search for solutions, and then care for the building envelope by maintaining its historic materials. Explore how to balance the environmental needs of the building with its users. Understand the impacts on historic properties of pest management practices and mechanical building systems—HVAC, plumbing, fire, security, and lighting. Discuss how to train in-house staff and when to hire a specialist to identify a problem or a contractor to handle a specific task.

• A seasoned property management professional who proactively addresses property needs, efficiently and effectively manages all aspects of maintenance and minor capital improvement projects.
• Focused on customer service and will be sensitive to interpersonal dynamics and relationships with building tenants and users.
• An experienced negotiator of both residential and commercial property leases.
• Organized in order to thoroughly, efficiently and accurately process invoices, produce reports, collect rent, issue and manage contracts with vendors, consultants and contractors.
• Able to efficiently and simultaneously focus upon strategic planning and goal setting in addition to the completion of both day-to-day tasks and unexpected emergencies.
• Team oriented in achieving organizational goals.

Must Take: ARTH 265, HPCP 275, HPCP 305, HPCP 315, HPCP 410, HPCP 420, HPCP 415
Recommended: HIST 323, ANTH 202

Preservation Policy

Students seeking to pursue occupations in preservation law and policy should be familiar with federal and state preservation laws. Policy makers work with federal/state organizations to draft or amend laws pertaining to preservation standards.

Must Take: HPCP 305, HPCP 410, HPCP 420, HPCP 415
Recommended: ANTH 202
Helpful: ARTH 333

Federal/State/Local Government

Must Take: HPCP 275, HPCP 410, HPCP 420, HPCP 415
Recommended: ANTH 202
Helpful: ANTH 493

National Park Service

Employees of the National Park Service can work in a variety of fields related to preservation, archaeology, and cultural resource management. The National Park Service seeks to answer the questions, “What is important in our history?” and “What parts of our past can we preserve for the future?” Within the Park Service, there are many different roles for preservationists, archaeologists, architects, curators, historians, landscape architects, and cultural resource managers. Roles may include:

• Designating historic sites in the federal, state, and privately-owned property spheres
• Documenting historic sites through the compilation of site histories, photographs, oral histories, etc.
• Physical preservation of sites, including stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction.

Preservationists in the National Park Service operate using the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for preservation, archaeology, etc. They should understand how to view cultural landscapes and the built environment through preservation.

Must Take: ARTH 105, ARTH 265, HPCP 275, HPCP 410, HPCP 420, HPCP 415
Recommended: ANTH 202, ANTH 306
Helpful: ANTH 493

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