For students entering Fall 2017

8 units required courses:

4 units   DES-3333   Culture, Conservation & Design
4 units   HIS-4475*  Discourses and Methods: Conversation, Destruction and Curating Impermanence
4 units   HIS-4479*  Power & Place: Culture and Conflict in the Built Environment
*Students may choose between 4475 and 4479.

36-40 units of elective courses (see suggestions below, total dependent upon chosen track)

In the second semester, students will elect which track to follow to complete the program:

3 Semester Track: Qualifying Paper – Total 48 units
16 units electives or remaining requirements
Qualifying Paper


4 Semester Track: Open Projects – Total 56 units
12 units electives or remaining requirements
4 units ADV-9306 Open Projects I
8 units ADV-9307 Open Projects II

Suggested Electives for Critical Conservation

Critical Conservation students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisors regarding choosing an elective curriculum appropriate to their research agendas and professional goals. They are encouraged to select courses from across the GSD, the Harvard campus, and beyond.

History & Theory

DES-3241 Theories of Landscape as Urbanism, Landscape as Infrastructure: Paradigms, Practices, Prospects (Belanger)

DES-3348 The Idea of Environment (da Cunha)

HIS-4105 Studies of the Built North American Environment: 1580 to the Present (Stilgoe)

HIS-4115 History and Theory of Urban Interventions (Brenner)

HIS-4121 Buildings, Texts, and Contexts I (Naginski, Holder)

HIS-4304 North American Seacoasts and Landscapes: Discovery Period to the Present (Stilgoe)

HIS-4122 Buildings, Texts, and Contexts II (Naginski, Picon, Lopez)

HIS-4329 Urbanization in the East Asian Region (Rowe)

HIS-4374 Cities, Infrastructures, and Politics: From Renaissance to Smart Technologies (Picon)

HIS-4451 Materiality, Visual Culture, and Media (at VES) (Bruno)

ADV-9132 Ecology, Infrastructure, Power (Belanger)

ADV-9641 Proseminar in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology (Waldheim)

Socioeconomic Studies

SES-5213 Policy Making in Urban Settings (at HKS) (Carras)

SES-5206 Land Use and Environmental Law (Kayden)

SES-5210 Cities by Design I (Mehrotra, Rowe, Kayden)

SES-5365 Towns and Settlements in Metropolitan Regions (Rowe)

SES-5466 The Spatial Politics of Land: A Comparative Perspective (Balakrishnan)

SES-5486 There Goes the Neighborhood: Perceptions and Realities of Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Change (Griffin)

Visual Studies, Science & Technology

VIS-2129 Spatial Analysis and the Built Environment (Sevtsuk)

VIS-2415 Paper or Plastic: Reinventing Shelf-life in the Supermarket Landscape (Evans, Evans)

VIS-2481 Public Projection: Projection as a Tool for Expression and Communication in Public Space (Wodiczko)

DES-3330 Conservation of Older Buildings: Techniques and Technics (Silman)

SCI-6349 Mapping II: Geosimulation (Pietrusko)

Harvard Divinity School

HDS-3859 The Politics of Storytelling (Jackson)

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

SOC-STD-98PL Empire and Colonialism in the Modern World (Grant)