About the Author
Donovan Rypkema is president of Heritage Strategies International. HSI was established as a companion firm to PlaceEconomics, a consultancy of which Rypkema is the principal. PlaceEconomics specializes in services to clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. HSI focuses on the intersection between the built heritage and economic development. He has undertaken assignments in 49 US states, 9 Canadian provinces and more than 45 countries. He also teaches a graduate course in preservation economics at the University of Pennsylvania where he received the 2008 G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching. Rypkema holds a Masters degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Architectural Record, The Journal of Commercial Bank Lending, Urban Land, Real Estate Finance, Investment Decisions, Vital Speeches, Preservation Forum, Architectural Conservation and others. He authored chapters on heritage economics for the World Bank book, The Economics of Uniqueness, Heritage as an Asset for Inner-City Development, published by the Dutch Culture Ministry, and for Reconnecting the City: The Historic Urban Landscape Approach and the Future of Urban Heritage. International clients have included the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Council of Europe, United Nations Development Program and others. He is a member of the UN Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships, the Board of Directors of Global Urban Development and the Senior Advisory Board of the Global Heritage Foundation. Rypkema’s book, The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide is widely used by preservationists nationwide and has been translated into Russian and Korean. Recently PlaceEconomics established the Rightsizing Cities Initiative. This program is a data based approach to assist municipalities in prioritizing their neighborhood level investments and in incorporating historic resources into their comprehensive rightsizing strategies. In 2012 Rypkema received the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Crowninshield Award is the nation’s highest preservation honor and awarded for lifetime contribution to historic preservation in the United States.
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