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Dr Lauren Allsopp, an ASU faculty associate with both the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, has been selected as recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award. This award, presented jointly by the Arizona Preservation Foundation and Arizona State Historic Preservation office, recognizes people, organizations and projects that represent outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s prehistoric and historic resources.
One of the recent foci of Allsopp’s work has been revitalization of Phoenix’s Warehouse District, a compact area just south of downtown. In Spring 2014, as instructor of PUP 598: Urban Design Workshop, Allsopp led a group of graduate students to create a reactivation plan for the Warehouse District, a two square mile area just south of Phoenix’s downtown. Work on the plan has helped catalyze a host of new activity in the district, including establishment of two new businesses in historic buildings, new sidewalks, a BikeShare stop, and new street plantings.
In addition to her work on the Warehouse district, Allsopp is Vice Chairman of the City of Peoria’s Historic Preservation Commission and is very active in preserving and documenting historic and culturally important structures at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. This spring, she led a class of ASU graduate students in History in documenting five of the Fairgrounds’ historic buildings – a first step towards maintenance and preservation.
“Dr. Allsopp’s work focuses on the convergence of physical habitats with community history and sustainability,” comments G .G. George, President of the Encanto Citizens Association in Phoenix.
Allsopp accepted the Arizona Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award on May 15th at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, held in Flagstaff. She also gave an invited presentation on the Warehouse District project, presenting it as a case study for the drivers for re-establishing resilient communities in historic settings.
“Dr. Allsopp’s unwavering commitment to the field of Historic Preservation and her continued focus on uniting students of any age with important preservation issues not only make her stand out in the field, but show her long-term commitment to it,” says George.