Allen works both as a historic preservation practitioner and a scholar whose work engages historic preservation, social impacts of urban planning and American architectural history. Allen founded the Preservation Research Office, a consulting firm that he directs, in 2009 and began appointment as University College Coordinator and Lecturer in AMCS in 2014. Both outlets allow Allen to both interrogate the normative practice of American historic preservation while theorizing approaches to interpreting and commemorating historic architecture that address inequity and urban rightsizing.
Design and architecture schools have been far slower to make commitments than they were to offer sweeping public statements. In this void, students are reclaiming the political, visionary legacy of design schools in years past.
We must change the way we treat people. On the cusp of a mayoral election, Moore’s legacy urges us to remember that St. Louis won’t be a whole city until North St. Louis is a record of equity and justice.
We now face a moment of decision, St. Louis. Before us lies a choice between continued decline, economic stagnation, and state oppression—and a yet unrealized moment of human liberation, ecological vitality and resurgent metropolitan urbanism.
In response to the Syrian crisis, many in St. Louis have called for the city to increase its acceptance of refugees. Architectural historian Michael Allen says existing housing stock could easily accommodate thousands of new residents.