Quinn Evans Architects, an award-winning planning and design practice, honors co-founder Michael L. Quinn, FAIA, this month with the announcement of a new endowed scholarship fund at the University of Michigan. Quinn, who has practiced architecture for more than 45 years and is a nationally recognized leader in historic preservation, attended the university along with Quinn Evans Architects co-founder, the late David S. Evans, FAIA. The scholarship has been named the Michael L. Quinn and David S. Evans Endowed Scholarship Fund. 
 
Quinn Evans Architects celebrated Quinn’s distinguished career, which includes many landmark historic preservation projects throughout the U.S., during a reception at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium on the Ann Arbor campus. The acclaimed, circa-1913 auditorium was renovated and modernized in an AIA award-winning project under Quinn’s direction. 

 

Since Michael Quinn and David Evans established Quinn Evans Architects in 1984, its work, growth, and influence has made a great impact on the architecture community, and we are proud to have such successful alumni to represent Taubman College.

Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA  
Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Former Dean  
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Michigan

Mike Quinn’s career includes many milestone achievements in the historic preservation and restoration of high-profile landmarks, as well as community revitalization and sustainable design. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1969, he served in the Peace Corps in Barbados, then studied architecture in the Danish International Studies Program in Copenhagen. He returned to the University of Michigan and earned a Master of Architecture with distinction in 1974. 
 
From the earliest stages of his career, Quinn focused on historic preservation initiatives as well as urban design and planning initiatives to aid in the revitalization of struggling downtowns, including Detroit. His work in this area helped lead in part to the founding of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street program. 
 
In 1984, Quinn and fellow Michigan alum David Evans launched Quinn Evans Architects, a two-person practice with offices in Washington, DC, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their vision for a preservation-based practice, with an approach focusing on meticulous research, design authenticity, economic viability, and long-term sustainability, quickly met with success. Quinn Evans Architects soon earned high-profile commissions including the Michigan State Capitol, the Wayne County Courthouse, and the Old Post Office Building in Washington, DC. The firm has grown to more than 100 employees today, and is nationally recognized for its work in the preservation field. 
 
Quinn has played a leading role in many exceptional projects, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey house; the City Opera House in Traverse City, Michigan; the Wren Building at the College of William & Mary; the Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan; the restoration of the dome in the Colorado State Capitol; the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland; the Milwaukee Federal Building and Old Courthouse; the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park; the Eisenhower Executive Office Building; the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University; and the U.S. Treasury Building.  
 
Quinn has served as a peer reviewer for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Design Excellence Program, as a juror for state and national design awards programs, and on the Alumni Society Board of Governors for the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Design. He has received the Michigan Historic Preservation Network Lifetime Achievement Award. In recognition of his design accomplishments and decades of contributions to the profession, Mike has earned the distinction of Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. 

Mike Quinn has long been a leader and innovator in the field of historic preservation, and his advocacy in this field has had a vast impact on the protection of our national architectural heritage. Equally important has been his dedication to the development and mentoring of young professionals throughout his career. We believe this scholarship is a fitting tribute to Mike and David, who represent the best of the best in the architectural profession.

Quinn will also be honored at a reception in Washington, DC, later this month. In addition to Ann Arbor, the firm maintains offices in Washington, DC; Detroit, Mich.; and Madison, Wis.  
 
A book illustrating the iconic historic preservation of Quinn's career was created to celebrate the occasion. Click the link below to see a pdf of the publication.

Michael L. Quinn A Career in Celebration