Critical Conservation at the Harvard Graduate School of Design addresses social [in] justice in the built environment by studying the intersection of cultural meaning, identity and context. It analyzes the frames that create historical narratives, the underlying concepts of how we approach history and how these affect decisions about existing context. The Critical Conservation program asks: what, why, who determines conservation /destruction balance; for what end and whose benefit are decisions being made; whose history is being told; whose future is being created; who is included; and who is excluded? Answering these questions helps lay a foundation for designers to have a moral and ethical responsibility for their work