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Greg Donofrio, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Director of Heritage Conservation & Preservation

Greg Donofrio, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Director of Heritage Conservation and Preservation


Telephone: 612-626-1107

Office: 151G Rapson Hall

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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, theory, economics, and feasibility of historic preservation in the United States. He also has strong academic interests in the history of food system planning, social equity, and diversity and inclusion. His research into the history of food system planning is building toward a larger book-length publication on the functional preservation of historic food markets—the subject of his doctoral dissertation.

Professor Donofrio also has experience as a preservation practitioner and volunteer. His prior positions include: Director of Research at Preservation Design Works (PVN) from 2012 to 2015, Board of Directors for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota from 2009 to 2014, and Conservation Intern at Jablonski Berkowitz Conservation, Inc. in 1999. From 2000 to 2003, Donofrio worked 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.


Cornell University—College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Ithaca, NY
Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, 2009

Cornell University—College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Ithaca, NY
Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning, 2001

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Bachelor of Arts with departmental honors; thesis with distinction, 1998
Major: History of Science & Technology; Minor: American History


  • ARCH 5671--Fall 2015--Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • ARCH 5609--Fall 2015--Development and Implementation of Research
  • ARCH 5676--Spring 2016--Economics of Historic Preservation

Reseach Expertise

  • History and Theory of Historic Preservation
  • Historic Preservation Policy, United States
  • 20th Century US Urban Planning History
  • Financial Incentives for Historic Preservation
  • Community Engaged Historic Preservation


  • “Feeding the City,” republication in Vol. IV of Urban Landscape: Critical Concepts in the Built Environment, edited by Anita Berrizbeitia (London: Routledge, 2015), 270-287.
  • “Attacking Distribution: Obsolescence and Efficiency of Food Markets in the Age of Urban Renewal,” Journal of Planning History 13, no. 2 (October 21, 2013): 136-159.
  • Greg Donofrio and Meghan Elliott, “Understanding the ‘World’s Largest’ All Reinforced-Concrete Office Building,” APT Bulletin: Journal of Preservation Technology 44, no. 2-3 (2013): 23-33.
  • “Feeding the City,” republication in “The Best of Gastronomica,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture 13, no. 1 (spring 2013): 54-65.
  • “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).
  • “Preservation by Adaptation: Is it Sustainable?” Change over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment 2, no. 2 (fall 2012): 106-131.
  • “Urban Planning, the Natural Environment, and Public Health,” invited submission with Nancy Wells, Ph.D. (Cornell University), Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, edited by Jerome Nriagu, Elsevier, 2011


Honors & Awards

  • Diversity Achievement Award, American Collegiate School of Architecture, 2016, for the Arthur and Edith Lee House Project exhibition and National Register of Historic Places listing.
  • Leadership in History Award, American Association for State and Local History, 2015, for the exhibition “A Right to Establish a Home,” HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, August 22, 2014—January 4, 2015. Role: Curator and author of exhibition content with graduate research assistant Laurel Fritz.
  • Anne de Fort-Menares Award from the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) recognizing “the article that best demonstrates excellence in the application of historical research to preservation practice published in the APT Bulletin”, received for Greg Donofrio and Meghan Elliott, “Understanding the ‘World’s Largest’ All Reinforced-Concrete Office Building,” APT Bulletin: Journal of Preservation Technology 44, no. 2-3 (2013).
  • Heritage Collaborative Grants, University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
  • Residential Fellowship, University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study, Spring 2012
  • University of Minnesota Community-Engaged Fellowship for Faculty Development, funded by the US Department of Education, 2010-2011
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2007
  • John W. Reps Award for Superior Academic Achievement, Cornell University, 2000
  • Eloise Ellery Graduate Fellowship, Vassar College, 1998-1999
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