The University of Massachusetts is uniquely situated to be a leader in the development of fields pertaining to the intersection of preservation, design, environmental science and history.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers the only NAAB accredited Master of Architecture degree at a public institution in New England. The Program of Architecture+Design embraces a philosophy of interdisciplinary collaboration, research and public outreach. By forging new links with the many university departments that are engaged in issues of the built environment, the Architecture+Design program has developed an innovative curriculum with cross-disciplinary educational and research opportunities.
The Public History Program at UMass, has been exploring the connections between the past, the present, and the public for over twenty years. Partnerships with allied professionals in local museums, archives, and particularly local, state and federal preservation organizations have nurtured many successful collaborations resulting in a large number of museum exhibitions, oral histories, interpretive initiatives, conferences, and an array of other projects. The program works closely with preservation agencies from local and state historical commissions to the Trustees of Reservations to the National Park Service, and has contributed to historic resource studies, cultural resource surveys, and other efforts to document and preserve historic landscapes.