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“This spring Eric Allison's lecture on historic preservation as a tool for urban revitalization drew a very appreciative response from the over 100 people who attended the New Haven Preservation Trust's annual meeting at Yale University's Sterling Library. Professor Allison's lecture helped set a positive and optimistic tone for the organization's ongoing 50th anniversary celebration.”
— John Herzan, Preservation Services Officer, The New Haven Preservation Trust
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Eric Allison is founder and coordinator of the graduate Historic Preservation program and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute. He has taught historic preservation and planning at Pratt since 1996. He has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation from Columbia University and an M.S. in City & Regional Planning from Pratt.

Outside of academia, his business experience includes twenty-five years as a consultant, specializing in project management, organizational development, performance management, and communications. He has led projects in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Dr. Allison's research interests are on the place of historic preservation in the creation and maintenance of livable cities; preservation and neighborhoods; and questions of heritage policy and implementation in a changing society.

Dr. Allison serves on the boards of several not for profit organizations dedicated to preserving the architecture, physical records, and historic heritage of New York area communities. He was for 10 years (1990-2000) president of the Historic Districts Council, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to New York City preservation. As president, he organized its transformation from an all-volunteer organization operating out of a post-office box to one with a full-time staff and citywide impact while increasing fundraising over 50-fold. He served on the Rebuild Lower Manhattan Task Force of the Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association in the aftermath of 9/11. He is currently chair of the National Council for Preservation Education, the body that sets standards for and certifies preservation programs. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Historic Preservation and the Livable City
Historic Preservation: Old is New., January 3, 2011
Everything old is new again. This book tells us why. Not since Jane Jacobs' THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES has a book so clearly drawn out the things that make a city livable. Turns out a lot of it has to do with a sense of time and place. [ read more ]