Michele Lamprakos

Assistant Professor
(301) 405-8677
ARC 1218

Ms. Lamprakos holds a joint appointment in the Architecture and Historic Preservation Programs. Trained as an architect and an historian, she is interested in the historical layers of buildings and cities. Her geographical focus is the Mediterranean and the Arab-Islamic world. Ms. Lamprakos began her career as a development worker in Egypt, where she managed a project to revive the cottage silk industry in the Nile Delta. Through this work she developed a deep interest in material culture and the role it can play in transforming people's lives. This led her to the study of architecture and later, architectural history and historic preservation.


Ms. Lamprakos’ career has combined teaching, research, and practice in architecture and preservation. In addition to the University of Maryland, she has taught for the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Courses have included studios in architectural design and adaptive reuse; preservation history, theory, and practice; and the history of architecture and urbanism in the Middle East/North Africa, Europe, and the United States. Ms. Lamprakos has two book projects in progress. Building a World Heritage City is an historical and ethnographic study of the conservation of the old city of Sana’a, Yemen, based on fifteen months of fieldwork and archival research. The second book, Conserving the City: Toward a Critical History, is a collection of essays based on papers presented at a 2012 symposium at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Ms. Lamprakos serves as peer reviewer for the Qatar National Research Foundation on proposals involving architecture, urbanism, and sustainability.


Her professional work has included design and preservation for buildings that range in scale from federal properties and tobacco warehouses to prewar single-family homes. She has worked closely with building trades on site, and has been involved in various aspects of construction management; this has nurtured an interest in the various types of knowledge and practice that shape the built environment. In 2009, Ms. Lamprakos founded PALIMPSEST LLC, a design and consulting firm that focuses on older buildings and sites. Recent work includes Technical Review for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and design and advocacy for a Silver Spring neighborhood working to save an historic house from demolition.


PhD Architecture - Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2006
M Arch - University of California, Berkeley 1992
BA Near Eastern Studies - Princeton University 1983