Historic Preservation

Autumn Rierson Michael

Lecturer

Biography

Autumn Rierson Michael of Michael Preservation Group, Inc., is a lawyer, professor, and preservation consultant based in Davidson, North Carolina. She travels nationwide training local preservation commissions on the legal and Constitutional issues related to preservation ordinances and local governance, as well as federal and state income tax credits for historic preservation. Ms. Michael teaches the preservation law class at PennDesign and has taught similar courses for fifteen years collectively at UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Chapel Hill. Previously, Ms. Michael worked as an attorney with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she developed particular expertise in the area of preservation easements, Constitutional issues such as the regulation of historic religious properties and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUIPA"), as well as NHPA Section 106 reviews for federal projects. She has also served as Director of the Southwest Regional Office and General Counsel for the statewide Preservation North Carolina, and as Executive Director of the local nonprofit Historic Charlotte.

Ms. Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina in Political Science, and received her law degree and masters degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia in Athens. She has served on the Board of Directors for Preservation Action and US/ICOMOS, and is a member of the D.C. and New York Bars.