School of Architecture College of Design

Todd Grover, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Todd Grover

Adjunct Assistant Professor




Todd Grover is a partner at MacDonald and Mack Architects where they specialize in historic preservation.  His involvement also includes the preservation of the recent past, trying to heighten the awareness and understanding of significant buildings that have not reached the 50 year threshold.  He is also interested in sustainability and historic preservation, realizing the embodied energy available in existing buildings, but expanding on that to discover ways to make these buildings more energy efficient without disregarding their historic integrity.



Master of Science in Historic Preservation, University of Oregon, Eugene – 1999; Thesis: “Preservation of a Modern: An Analysis of Water Shedding Systems”


Master of Architecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – 1997; Thesis: “A Travelers Haven: The Minneapolis Hostel”

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – 1995


Professional Experience               

MacDonald and Mack Architects, Ltd., Minneapolis, MN

1997 - present

MacDonald and Mack Architects a full-services firm specializing in the preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of historic properties.  Their mission, with any building, is to respect and preserve the structure’s original significant, character–defining architectural details and integrity while making the necessary changes to keep it relevant and vital for modern use and the client’s specific program and goals. Their extensive experience and expertise go hand-in-hand: lessons learned and solutions created in one project inform subsequent projects. With more than 30 years of experience, they have become adept at handling projects of all scopes, sizes, and budgets from modest to substantial.

International Council of Monuments and Sites Intern Exchange
Summer 1998    

In collaboration with US/ICOMOS and the Transylvania Trust Foundation in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, I spent the summer documenting 18th and 19th century vernacular churches and farmhouses.


Teaching Experience       

University of Minnesota, Department of Architecture                                                            

2004 – present

Architecture 4/5671, Historic Preservation

Architecture 4/5672, Historic Building Conservation

Architecture 4/5673, Historic Building Research and Documentation

University of Oregon, Architecture and Allied Arts

Graduate Teaching Fellow for AutoCAD at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.  The class specifically utilized the HABS documentation of Historic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon to learn the aspects of AutoCAD.


1997 -1998

Lead teams to prepare HABS documentation of Historic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood.


Professional Activities

  • Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Society of Architectural Historians, Program Committee
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • CARAIG Neighborhood Design Review Board


Typical Projects


Recent Lectures/Appearances

  • Minnesota Historical Society Statewide Conference, 2010, Preserving the Recent Past in Minnesota
  • Modern Tour, ongoing, A walking tour exploring the development of downtown Minneapolis from  1955 to 1980.
  • Breakfast with Preservationist, 2008, Sustainability and Historic Preservation
  • University of Minnesota Public Health Group, 2008, The Architecture of Minneapolis
  • Lustron Walking Tour, 2008-2010, A tour to discover the unique Luston Houses in south Minneapolis.
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