Architectural historian Michael Allen is the Director of the Preservation Research Office, which he founded in 2009. He has conducted historic resource surveys, written National Register nominations and provided technical expertise professionally for close to a decade, and has written the blog Ecology of Absence since 2003. Allen has lectured on historic preservation and architectural history at New York University, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis University and Fontbonne University, among other institutions. Allen is regular contributor to the NewsLetter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Missouri Valley Chapter, a regional journal of original research, and has contributed to Next American City, theSt. Louis Beacon and other publications.
Currently he is president of the board of Modern STL, the regional mid-century modern preservation organization. Allen resides in Shaw and works at an office in Gravois Park on Cherokee Street.