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Lisa Craig, Principal

With 25+ years in the historic preservation field, Ms. Craig strives in her professional and volunteer pursuits to promote historic places as economic, resilient, dynamic and creative community assets by collaborating with public and private partners to make historic communities the preferred place to live, work and visit.

Ms. Craig serves as Principal for The Craig Group, LLC.  In this role she leads a team of design and planning professionals to support community leaders, local government and nonprofit organizations in protecting the economic value, architectural integrity and cultural heritage of historic communities.  Her experience in historic preservation, community engagement and resiliency planning has made her a popular speaker and trainer.

 Previous to starting her own firm, Ms. Craig served for seven years as Chief of Historic Preservation for the City of Annapolis. She conducted historic research, design review, and commission trainings, drafted legislation, procedures and staff reports; led award-winning community engagement and educational programs and raised project funds through grants and in-kind donations.  She spearheaded the Weather It Together initiative, a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a national model for resiliency planning.

 Previous to her work in Annapolis, Ms. Craig worked as project executive with Forest City Military Communities, Washington, DC leading property development activities for the $82 million housing privatization project at the United States Air Force Academy.  As well, she provided technical assistance on design, development, maintenance, Section 106 and historic tax credit activities for more than 350 historic properties within the Company’s historic property portfolio.

 Ms. Craig’s background also includes contract consulting to Lord Cultural Resources Planning & Management on historic preservation, cultural tourism and corridor planning projects; serving as State Historic Preservation Officer for the District of Columbia; working for the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the head of the Southern Field Office and Director of Preservation Partnerships; a leading the Historic Preservation League of Oregon as Executive Director. 

 Ms. Craig has published numerous articles and presented dozens of public talks on topics ranging from planning for the impacts of climate change on historic properties, to historic military housing to conservation districts.  Ms. Craig graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design and went on for Master’s work at the University of Oregon.

 Nationally, she serves as Chair of the Cultural Heritage and Climate Change Committee for the US International Committee on Monuments and Sites, on the Board of Preservation Action and as a CAMP trainer for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.

Michael Dowling, Architect

Michael Justin Dowling is an architect and urban designer based in Annapolis, Maryland, providing professional design services to public and private clients throughout the region with over forty years of experience.  Principal of his own firm, Michael Justin Dowling, ARCHITECT since 1980, Mr. Dowling was lead consultant on the Weather It Together initiative, the first FEMA-approved Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan in the nation.  

Mr. Dowling has extensive experience in historic preservation design and design review for local government.  He also most recently worked on the draft handbook “Building a Resilient City: Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resources considerations into Annapolis’ Hazard Mitigation Plan”

 Mr. Dowling’s previous professional experience includes Assistant Director of Design, Vision, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts; Architect, RTKL Associates, Baltimore, Maryland; Urban Designer, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Silver Spring, Maryland; and Architect, Cambridge Seven Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He has completed numerous preservation design and planning projects including:

  • Historic Structures Report - 69 Prince George Street, Captain Burtis House for the National Sailing Hall of Fame, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Master Plan for Fairlee-Georgetown A Plan for Village Conservation and Development, Kent County, Maryland

  • Historic Preservation Ordinance and Supporting Information, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

  • Guidelines for Viewscape Protection and New Development for the Town of East New Market, Dorchester County, Maryland

  • Interior Restoration of Christ Rock Church & Fellowship Hall, Cambridge

  • Preservation and Restoration of the Historic Paca House, Historic Annapolis, Annapolis

  • Preservation of the Historic Shiplap House, Historic Annapolis, Annapolis

  • Restoration of the Historic Pomonkey High School, Indian Head, Charles County

  • Wiley Bates High School Redevelopment, Annapolis

  • Historic Galesville School House Preservation Project, Galesville

Mr. Dowling has a BArch from the University of Maryland, and a MArch in Urban Design from Harvard University.  A registered architect in Maryland and Delaware, Mr. Dowling holds a NCARB Certificate.

 Memberships include the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Vernacular Architecture Forum, and the Society for Commercial Archeology.


  • Orlando Ridout Prize Galesville Community Center, Marley Neck School - Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Inc.

  • Preservation Award - 1916 East Pratt Street - Baltimore Heritage

  • Citation of Merit - 6 Steele Avenue, Annapolis - Chesapeake Bay Chapter, AIA

 Published Projects:

  • A Collector’s Place- Mid Atlantic Monthly

  • Cabin Fever - Colonial Homes

  • New Life for Old Treasures - Baltimore Magazine

  • A Lovely Log House - Baltimore Sun Magazine

Don Bain, climate engineer

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