Greg Donofrio, Ph.D. Assistant Professor & Director of Heritage Conservation and Preservation
Office: 151S Rapson Hall
Greg Donofrio teaches in and is the director of the Master's of Science in Architecture, Heritage Conservation and Preservation graduate program. His research explores the history, economics, and feasibility of historic preservation in the United States. He also has strong academic interests in food system planning and issues generally related to social equity and public health in rural and urban environments. While we have always needed to eat, the socioeconomic and physical infrastructures that have enabled us to do so remain curiously unexamined. His research into the history of food system planning, which includes an analysis of evolving socially-constructed notions of physical and functional urban obsolescence, is building toward a larger book-length publication on the functional preservation of historic food markets—the subject of his doctoral dissertation.
Professor Donofrio is also actively engaged in professional practice as Director of Research for Preservation Design Works (PVN), a Minneapolis-based consulting firm dedicated to increasing the use of historic buildings through design, real estate development, and research. In his work with PVN, Donofrio evaluates the historic signficance of properties, helps to guide development proposals through preservation-related regulatory requirements, and assesses the economic feasilbity of tax-advantaged historic rehabilitation projects. Working collaboratively, PVN combines the skills of a preservation planner and architectural historian, a preservation engineer, and a preservation architect.
Additional professional and community engagement activities of Professor Donofrio include service on the Board of Directors and Real Estate Committee of the statewide, nonprofit, preservation-advocacy organization, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. He is also a member of the Building Revitalization Task Force of The Soap Factory, a contemporary art production and exhibition space owned and operated by a non-profit organization that he is helping to pursue state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits to support the substantial rehabilitation of its National-Register-listed building.
Professor Donofrio's professional experience includes employment at the New York State Historic Preservation Office where he reviewed New York City building restoration and rehabilitation projects for compliance with state and federal historic preservation laws. He also coordinated the federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program for New York City including the exterior restoration of Gordon Bunshaft’s Lever House and Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict Building, among many others.
- Preservation planning and economics, with special emphasis in tax credit analysis
- Preservation regulations such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as local preservation ordinances and design guidelines
- History and theory of the preservation movement in the United States
- Food systems planning
Ph.D., City & Regional Planning, Cornell University, 2009 (Dissertation: “The Container and the Contained:” The Functional Preservation of Historic Food Markets)
M.A., Historic Preservation Planning, Cornell University, 2001
B.A., History of Science and Technology, Vassar College, May 1998
Awards, Grants and Fellowships
- Residential Fellowship, University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study, Spring 2012
- Heritage Collaborative Grants, University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study, 2009, 2011, and 2012.
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2007
- Agriculture, Food & Human Values Student Paper Competition Award Winner, June 2005
- Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban & Landscape Studies Research Grant, June 2004
- National Trust for Historic Preservation, Favrot Grant to NYS Barn Coalition, May 2004
- Cornell University Historic Preservation Research Fellowship, 2003-2004
- National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) Fellowship, 2003-2004
- John W. Reps Award for Superior Academic Achievement, Cornell University, 2000
“Attacking Distribution: Obsolescence and Efficiency of Food Markets in the Age of Urban Renewal,” accepted to Journal of Planning History, forthcoming.
“Preservation by Adaptation: Is it Sustainable?” Change over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, vol. 2, no. 2 (University of Pennsylvania Press, fall 2012).
“Gender Realignment: The Design and Marketing of Gas Stations for Women,” in The Rise of Marketing and Market Research, edited by Hartmut Berghoff, Philip Scranton, and Uwe Spiekermann (Palgave Macmillan, Nov., 2012).
“Urban Planning, the Natural Environment, and Public Health,” invited submission with Nancy Wells, Ph.D., Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, edited by Jerome Nriagu, Elsevier, 2011.
“Feeding the City,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture 7, no. 4 (Fall 2007): 30-41.