HCI-102 Architecture and Aesthetic Responsiveness
Most preservation construction projects involve subjects of historic or cultural significance. A major factor embodied in these buildings and structures that matter are aesthetic in nature. Character defining features, styles, and building types blend into a finished composition that stirs feelings in the observer. In order to properly intervene in the repair or replacement of damaged or deteriorating fabric, the student must diagnose the cause of the problem. Conditions assessment is the first step in a preservation construction project and students will have the opportunity to help determine the cause and offer solutions for appropriate intervention. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
HCI-103 Safety Planning and Protocols
This course engages students in the critical role safety plays in performing a successful preservation construction project that assures protection for the participants and the environment. Students will participate in daily safety circles to review hazards, safety and emergency response plans, compliance, and incident reporting. Emphasis is placed on safety planning in the context of OSHA and ISO 14000 standards.
HCI-104 Project Planning, Scheduling, and Reporting
Preservation construction projects require an appreciation of how the wide range of materials, methods, costs, personnel, and scheduling impact a successful outcome. Working on historic buildings often present challenges in the field not anticipated in the pre-planning phase of the project. Emphasis is placed on student contribution to modifications of plans, schedules and reporting in the face of real world contingencies.
HCI-105 Project Leadership, Decision Making, and Crew Dynamics
No preservation construction project can be delivered on time, on budget, with the quality expected without leadership. Leaders make decisions. Followers make decisions, ironically making them leaders in given circumstances. Decisions can be made alone or with others, but always relative to others. Leaders make decisions and accept and work within the consequences of those decisions. Students will have the opportunity to break into smaller teams during the project and practice their decision making and leadership skills. Emphasis is placed on demonstration of effective leadership skills which is the process of influencing others towards a common goal
HCI-106 Heritage Conservation, Philosophy and Practice
This course will explore the history of the preservation movement worldwide, with a special focus on the philosophy and practice of historic preservation in the United States. Using a variety of HistoriCorps projects as our learning laboratory, we will explore and critique the social, historical, and cultural roots and contemporary meanings of historic preservation as it has been, is, and could be professionally practiced. Emphasis is placed on how the evolving preservation ethic influences the practice of preservation construction.
This course examines American architecture from the first colonial settlements through contemporary design. Because a building’s style is inextricably influenced by its context, architectural developments will be analyzed in relation to their historical, cultural, social, and regional context. Drawing heavily on HistoriCorps project sites,we will provide an overview of major themes and developments in American architecture, a discussion of the challenge of identifying architectural styles, and an introduction to the formal, structural, and ornamental characteristics of buildings and corresponding vocabulary to facilitate students’ ability to interpret, analyze, and describe historic buildings. Emphasis is placed on how architectural elements influence the practice of preservation construction.
HCI-200 Special Topics in Preservation Construction
Reserved for specialty workshops or project sites presenting unique opportunities for learning.