Rick Michaelson and Karen Karlsson

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that long-time AHC board member Rick Michaelson is the winner of the 2018 George McMath Historic Preservation Award presented by the University of Oregon College of Design/School of Architecture and Environment. The AHC prepared the nomination, in collaboration with Restore Oregon. You can read the university’s announcement here.

Preservation developer Rick is a consummate exemplar of leadership in historic preservation in Oregon, the reason for which McMath Award is given each year. For more than 40 years, Rick’s actions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors have been foundational in keeping older buildings functioning as part of the area economy and community streetscapes. Although most recently taking on the relocation and preservation of the Morris Marks House, over time he has rehabilitated more than 17 properties in Portland’s Northwest District alone, and has taken on mammoth projects such as redevelopment of the Bull Run Powerhouse. Many more heritage projects bear the hallmark of his excellent and generous advice, as do countless planning, visioning, and advocacy efforts. In addition to service as an AHC board president and treasurer, Rick has been a board member of Restore Oregon, and an advisor to the National Trust since 1998.

Without seeking publicity for himself, Rick has been a vital, effective preservation activist and professional in our region since 1975. Honoring his inspirational accomplishments with the McMath Award is a fitting way to recognize and highlight the highest caliber of preservation work in the construction and policy arenas in Oregon represented by his career.