Michael Allen

Lecturer, American Culture Studies

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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.

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WashU Expert: Housing Syrian refugees

WashU Expert: Housing Syrian refugees

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.