Lis Knibbe

Among the nation’s most respected preservation architects, Lis brings comprehensive experience in both design and process to historic preservation, restoration, and adaptive-use projects. Her ability to assess project feasibility; navigate local, state, and federal reviews and requirements; and address historic tax credit compliance measures enables her to guide clients in saving and repurposing historic buildings while meeting cost parameters.

Lis works closely with developers, institutions, and communities to realize the potential in underutilized buildings. She has transformed historic properties into hotels, residential buildings, offices, and mixed-use centers.

Lis is passionate about urban revitalization and the renewal of older properties that contribute to the character and historic context of communities. She seeks to save essential qualities of historic properties while infusing them with new functionality and resilience.


Master of Architecture, University of Michigan,1978

Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan, 1978Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Michigan, 1976


American Institute of Architects      

Michigan Historic Preservation Network      

National Trust for Historic Preservation      

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Continuing Education Committee, Chair, Committee Member    

Michigan Board of Architects  Board Chair, Board Member    

Michigan Historic Preservation Review Board, Board Member    

American Institute of Architects, Michigan Fellows Committee, Committee Member

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