The building arts—and the traditional architecture they enable—provide an important link to the past and support a strong sense of local identity. Together with other cultural expressions, they provide a foundation for the shared humanity of communities large and small.
As part of the Center’s focus on cultural sustainability and our longstanding commitment to the building arts, this project helps sustain traditional building crafts and supports new applications of traditional architecture across the United States and around the world.
- Sustain the traditions of the building crafts by celebrating master artisans and attracting new craftspeople to learn and practice these important trades
- Educate design and planning professionals about the value of the building arts and traditional architecture
- Increase understanding of the value of the building arts, historic preservation, and traditional architecture through scholarship, publications, symposia, and public outreach
Explore this page to learn about the building arts, historic preservation, and traditional architecture; the occupational culture among artisans; and opportunities in the field today.