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Richard Wagner, AIA, is founding director of the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program at Goucher College. He is also a principal with the architectural firm of David H. Gleason Associates, Inc. where he specializes in historic preservation and rehabilitation projects, and creating design guidelines for historic areas. He serves as the architect for the Baltimore Main Streets and Main Street Maryland programs, providing architectural services to neighborhood and downtown commercial districts.
Richard Wagner previously served as Urban Program Manager and Director of Special Initiatives for the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Main Street Center where he created and managed the Urban Main Street Program. He has taught at Iowa State University and held a tenured faculty position at Kansas State University, where he helped found a graduate program in historic preservation. Dr. Wagner has also served as consultant to the National Park Service and Department of Defense to adapt the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation for historic military property, as well as assisted the National Park Services National Center for Preservation Technology and Training to create a strategic business plan. He is the author of dozens of design guidelines for historic districts, ranging from neighborhood commercial district Fairbanks, Alaska, to the District of Columbia, as well as over 100 articles and books on historic preservation.
Richard Wagner helped to found and served as the first president of the Kansas Preservation Alliance, the state's nonprofit preservation organization, served on the Manhattan, Kansas, Historic District Commission, and helped create and served as first chairperson of the City of College Park's Planning Commission. Dr. Wagner's dissertation, Influences on the Life Spans of Existing Buildings, was one of the first to apply economic modeling to investment patterns in historic buildings.
Richard Wagner is currently a member of the Maryland Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, member of the University of Maryland's East Campus Steering Committee and the University's Architectural Design Review Board, both of which are overseeing a $1 billion private/public mixed use development on the University's College Park campus, and member of the City/University Partnership, a jointly held non-profit economic development corporation of the City of College Park and the University of Maryland. Dr. Wagner also holds appointment as professorial lecturer in Historic Preservation at The George Washington University, Washington DC.