University of Oregon

Historic Preservation Program

Henry Kunowski

Henry KunowskiAdjunct Instructor of Historic Preservation

Curriculum Vitae

B.Arch from the University of Oregon. Mr. Kunowski’s experience in architecture, historic preservation and cultural resource management (CRM) dates back to 1980.  He meets the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR 61, Appendix A) for architecture and historic preservation.  Henry’s experience began while working for the City of Eugene, Oregon as the preservation planner and principal staff administrating the City’s Certified Local Government Program (CLG) through the State Historic Preservation Office. In 1989 he joined the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office as Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Grants Manager, later moving on to other SHPO programs such as Acquisitions and Development, CLG Coordinator, Section 106/110 Compliance and State run local government grant programs. In 1996 Henry joined the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department as the CRM Coordinator and Project Manager for planning and development. During this time he worked on the rehabilitation of several Oregon lighthouses, covered bridges, barns, a gold dredge, log structures and the National Historic Landmark district contributing resource; the Vista House at Crown Point State Heritage Site and Timberline Lodge with the U.S. Forest Service. In 2003 Mr. Kunowski joined the City of Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau as Program Manager for urban renewal area park planning and development. He also began formation of the bureau’s CRM Program in consultation with the Bureau of Planning as an effort of the City’s CLG program. He joined Historical Research Associates, Inc. in 2007 as a project manager and worked on several federal, state and local government CRM projects. In May 2010 Mr. Kunowski joined Dewberry, a consulting architecture and engineers firm in Fairfax, Virginia as a consulting architectural historian and cultural resource management specialist on disaster recovery with FEMA.  He is also a project associate with Zaik Associates, Architects and Planners in Portland, Oregon.  In 1995 while with the SHPO, he was a co-founder, with the UO/HP program and the US Forest Service and later National Park Service, of the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School.  He served on the School’s Steering Committee until 2003.

Mr. Kunowski has also served as a volunteer on several statewide and local not-for-profit organizations including Chair of the Portland Chapter of the AIA Historic Resources Committee and Chair of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts Board of Visitors.  He is a co-founder of the US Lighthouse Society Oregon Chapter.

Henry’s areas of interest include vernacular architecture, adaptive reuse of historic buildings and landscapes, park planning and design and cultural resource management and disaster recovery. He has published several article on historic preservation and presented at national conferences. Teaches occasional offerings.

While Mr. Kunowski has served on several thesis and terminal project committees, his current work schedule of extensive national consulting does not allow for participation at this time. Previous thesis and terminal project committee work includes:

  • Andrea Rivera Garcia, Heritage Conservation and Tourism in the Historic Center of Arequipa, Peru. Thesis, 2011.
  • Scott Bogle, Traditional or Neo-Tradition: Growth Management, Historic Preservation, and Redevelopment in Metropolitan Portland. Thesis, 2000.
  • David Pinyerd, The Preservation of Pre-World War Two Coast Guard Architecture in Oregon. Thesis, 2000.
  • Christine Curran, A Historic Context for the Transmission of Hydroelectricity by the Bonneville Power Administration, 1939-1945. Thesis, 1998.