Michael J. Mills, FAIA, has devoted more than twenty-five years to the preservation, restoration, and adaptive use of some of the New Jersey's most significant historic structures. His award-winning projects include the New Jersey State House and State House Annex, the Essex County Courthouse, and the Princeton University Graduate College and its landmark Cleveland Tower.* He is partner-in-charge of Mills + Schnoering Architects' ongoing work at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the Clara Barton Apartment for the General Services Administration, and Life Safety Improvements at the Statue of Liberty for the National Park Service. Mr. Mills has served as Chair of the Advisory Group of the AIA Historic Resources Committee and is a past president of Preservation New Jersey, the statewide non-profit preservation organization. He is a national peer reviewer for the GSA Design Excellence program and a long-time member of the NJ Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board. He has lectured at Princeton University's School of Architecture and Urban Planning and at the Association of Preservation Technology's (APT) international conference, and serves as Associate Graduate Faculty in the Rutgers University Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Program. Publication credits include the APT Bulletin, Architect magazine, the AIA's Academy of Architecture for Justice Journal, and Design & Historic Preservation: The Challenge of Compatibility (edited by David L. Ames and Richard Wagner, University of Delaware Press).
Mr. Mills received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University, his Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University, and completed postgraduate work at the International Center for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome, Italy. He is a Registered Architect in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, New York, Washington DC, and Massachusetts.
*Projects completed as Short and Ford and Partners, Architects; Ford Farewell Mills & Gatsch Architects, LLC; or Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC.