The Historic Preservation Institute at SARUP is dedicated to the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings and environments. UWM-SARUP’s Preservation Institute gives students the chance to gain hands on experience in the field of preservation.

The purpose of the Historic Preservation Institute is to promote historic preservation and adaptive reuse through engagement in community service projects. The Institute is focused on expanding the already acknowledged social and economic benefits of historic preservation by both recognizing and promoting significant historic buildings. Community service projects have been an effective way to engage students in actual preservation work. The ability to overlap academic studies with real world circumstance has proven beneficial to both the students and the community.

The Institute, through its current and future community projects, disseminate scholarly research related to historic preservation, while incorporating the most up-to-date technical advances in the building industry. The agenda of projects undertaken will be specifically focused on documentation evaluation and recommendations. The work will correspond with the academic requirements of the Historic Preservation Concentration Program at SARUP and will encompass training and education of students.

The institute provides historic preservation researchers and graduate students with an opportunity to work with private and public organizations interested in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. The research and data collection information generated by the Institute provides a complete understanding of a buildings history, present condition and future reuse viability.

Consulting Services

-Reuse Feasibility Studies
-Building Documentation
-Planning Studies
-Structural Evaluation
-Endangered Building Rescue
-Historic Guidelines Consulting


-Foreign Study Trips
-Continuing Education Courses