Associate Professor, College of Design; Director of the Heritage Studies and Public History Program, University of Minnesota
Greg Donofrio is Associate Professor of historic preservation and public history in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota, and is affiliate faculty in the Master's in Urban and Regional Planning program in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. His teaching and research examine how communities find significance in, make use of, and preserve the historic built environment. Donofrio is co-founder and current director of the Heritage Studies and Public History Program. He holds the Fesler-Lampter Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs for 2019-2020 to develop A Public History of 35W. He received a Diversity Achievement Award from the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 2016 for the Arthur and Edith Lee House Project exhibition and National Register of Historic Places listing, and the Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History in 2015 for the same project.
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, he 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--everything from subways and ships to tenements and skyscrapers. 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.
At the University of Minnesota, Professor Donofrio serves on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study and the Friends of the Library.