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Donovan Rypkema

Place Economics
Principle
Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics , a Washington, D.C.-based real
estate and economic development-consulting firm. The work of the firm is at the
nexus of historic preservation and economics. He has undertaken assignments for
public and non-profit sector clients in 49 US states. He also teaches a course on the
economics of historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania where he
received the 2008 G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Rypkema was educated at Columbia University receiving a Master of Science degree in
Historic Preservation. He is author of several publications including Community
Initiated Development , The Economics of Rehabilitation , and the Feasibility
Assessment Manual for Reusing Historic Buildings . Rypkema’s book, The Economics of
Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide i s widely used by preservationists
nationwide and has been translated in to Russian and Korean.

Rypkema has worked with such groups as the Urban Land Institute, the Mayors’
Institute on City Design, the American Planning Association, Smart Growth America,
the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the International Downtown
Association. Federal Government clients have included the U.S. Army, the Department
of State, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of
Interior, and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation for whom he prepared a
report entitled Measuring Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation .

In the fall of 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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