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Vincent L. Michael, Ph. D.


Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Global Heritage Fund.  Vince began working with GHF in 2008, visiting the Pingyao project in China as a member of the Senior Advisory Board (SAB), and then completing a mid-term assessment of the site in 2011.  He then became Chair of the SAB in 2011 and joined GHF as Chief Conservation Officer in 2012, before being elected Executive Director.

Vince is the John H. Bryan Chair in Historic Preservation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was Director of the Historic Preservation program from 1996 to 2010.  Vince is a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the nation’s premier private preservation organization, where he serves as Vice Chair of the Preservation and Sites Committee and Vice Chair of the Diversity Task Force.

A professional preservationist since 1983, Vincent worked on the creation and interpretation of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, the nation’s first heritage area.  He was a planner and advocate for Landmarks Illinois for eight years and has served on their Board for the last decade.  He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and received a Trustee’s Award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts to complete his doctorate in architectural history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He is Chair Emeritus of the National Council for Preservation Education and of the Site Council for the Gaylord Building, a National Trust property. He also served on the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council and Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission.  He began his international work in 1997 and brought graduate students to work on heritage sites in Ireland, China and Peru eight times between 1998 and 2012.  He also represented the United States in preservation education conferences in the Ukraine and Sweden in 2006 and 2007.

Since 2003 he has worked to preserve the Weishan Heritage Valley in Yunnan, China, with the Center for US-China Arts Exchange at Columbia University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, frequently bringing student study groups to the Southern Silk Road city.  He has also been involved in the preservation of the Cercado World Heritage Site in Lima, Peru.  Vince has lectured on heritage conservation, architecture, geography, art and history throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  His writings include the books The Architecture of Barry Byrne and Chinese Old City Weishan as well as articles in Design Issues, Future Anterior, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Traditional Building, and forum journal.  Vincent’s blog, Time Tells has been cited as noteworthy by traditional media.

Vincent L. Michael, Ph. D.