Architectural documentation through drawings, photographs, oral history, and archival research is the first step in any MAHBLS research project. Graduate students learn to conduct traditional fieldwork and documentary research, as well as the process for converting hand-drawn field notes to measured drawings in AutoCAD. Completed documentation projects are archived in the CHAD Collection and accessible to the public for research.
MAHBLS projects come from a variety of clients, including government agencies, local historical societies or preservation groups, and private property owners. By working on real-life projects, students gain the experience of working with and for the community, and develop advanced technical professional skills.