Associate Professor

Michael Holleran directed the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation from 2006 through Spring 2019. He came to UT from the University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning, where he served as Associate Dean of Research, Associate Professor of Planning and Design, and Director of the Colorado Center for Preservation Research. Before that he taught in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design.

His book, Boston's "Changeful Times": Origins of Preservation and Planning in America (Johns Hopkins, 1998), puts the early preservation movement into its larger context of accelerating environmental change and emerging controls on urban development. It won the Antoinette Downing Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, the biennial Lewis Mumford Award for the best book in North American planning history from the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and the Historic New England Book Award.

Dr. Holleran is currently working on a book about irrigation canals in the urban landscapes of the American West. He completed a statewide historic context report on canals and ditches for the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office, which will become a statewide Multiple Property nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

He practiced for twelve years in as a partner in Everett · Clarke · Holleran Associates in Providence, Rhode Island, a planning, architecture, and landscape architecture firm working mainly on preservation projects. His public service has included chairing the Landmarks Preservation Board in Boulder, Colorado; and serving on the board and chairing the Public Policy committee of Colorado Preservation, Inc., a statewide preservation advocacy group. He is a board member of the national Recent Past Preservation Network and of the Heritage Society of Austin.

Current Research Interests

water history
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  • A.B., Brown, 1979
  • M.C.P., MIT, 1985
  • Ph.D., MIT, 1991
photo of Michael Holleran
  • Historic Preservation
  • History of Urban Design & Development
  • Vernacular Landscapes
  • Water History
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