Fieldwork provides essential learning and research opportunities: testing replicable models, mapping out ideal processes, revising and redesigning policies, and practicing collaboration.


The Center organizes field projects to apply research and teaching to the practical challenges faced by sites, their organizations and stakeholders. These projects challenge us to forge ideas, techniques and partnerships that can be applied on the ground and in the community.

Through fieldwork CPCRS can test ideas from research, reinforce learning goals, and work to achieve community impact. All our efforts are directed to holistic approaches to preservation – in terms of scale, community needs, material realities, creative opportunities, management and financing. Initially, the Center’s fieldwork focuses on Philadelphia and Alabama, and on sites of modest scale.

Fieldwork undertaken by other research groups in the Weitzman School of Design – for instance the Urban Heritage Project, Architectural Conservation Lab and PennPraxis – also provide opportunities to link civil rights heritage issues with cultural landscape, planning, conservation, design and management projects.

Header: Detail of Armstrong School, Macon County, AL