Michael R. Allen practices prefigurative heritage conservation, documenting built and cultural landscapes as possible clues toward a collective future. His work seeks to reveal the ways in which built environment encodes hegemonic and oppositional power relationships (political and aesthetic), economic histories and granular imposition of statecraft. Allen currently holds appointments as Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Lecturer in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Allen also directs his own consultancy, the Preservation Research Office, which has undertaken cultural heritage preservation projects in St. Louis and across the Midwest since its founding. He recently founded the Department of Walking as a platform for participatory critical spatial tours. Allen’s publications include chapters in Buildings of Missouri (forthcoming), Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United States (2016) and The Making of an All-America City: East St. Louis at 150 (2011), in addition to many journal and popular articles. Allen has been Urbanist-in-Residence at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.