Jo Leimenstoll, M. Arch.

Graduate Student Coordinator

Historic preservation theory and practice, architectural conservation, design review, sustainability and historic preservation, neighborhood and downtown revitalization



Co-developed new curiculum for graduate concentrations in Historic Preservation and Museum Studies at UNCG, first offered in August 2000. Currently teaches upper level interior architecture studios and the following courses:
543: Historic Preservation: Principles and Practice
548: Architectural Conservation
555: Field Methods in Preservation Technology


Maintains an architectural practice including tax credit projects, storefront rehabilitations, infill houses, and restoration of Thomas Day House/Union Tavern, a national landmark property.
Developed design guidelines for local historic districts/landmarks for the following NC communities: Aberdeen, Chapel Hill, Davidson, Forsyth County, Hillsborough,
Morganton, Raleigh, Salisbury, Statesville, Thomasville, Wake County
Developed design guidelines for affordable housing in the following historic neighborhoods:
South Greensboro (NC), Martin Luther Kind, Jr., Landmark District (Atlanta),
River Bend (Des Moines), Highland Park (Los Angeles)


Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color, co-­authored with Patricia
Philips Marshall, UNC Press: Chapel Hill, 2010.
“Stylin’ and Profilin’: Storefront Preservation” in The Alliance Review, May/June
2010 Issue, pp. 4-7.
“Keeping Significance Intact: Seven Aspects of Intergrity” in The Alliance Review
September/October 2009 Issue, pp. 4-7.
“Going Green: Applying a Sustainability Lens to Historic District Guidelines” in Forum
Journal, Spring 2009, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp.39-43.
“Facing Reality: Design Guidelines for Low-Income Districts” in The Alliance Review, May/
June 2005 Issue, pp. 8-10.


“Lessons from the Privy: Gaining Field SChool Experience,” Preservation Education
Conference, Providence, RI, Sept. 8, 2012.
“Beyond the Classroom: Active Learning Strategies,” Preservation Education Conference,
Providence, RI, Sept. 9, 2012.
“The Present Issues with the Recent Past: evolving definitions of authenticity and integrity,”
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum 2012, Norfolk, VA July 20, 2012.
“Against the Grain: Viewing the Archtectural Assemblages of Thomas Day,” Vernacular
Architecture Forum Conference. Jamaica, June 4, 2011.
“Greening Design Guidelines,” National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum 2010,
Grand Rapids, MI, July 31, 2010.
“Local Preservation Commissions: Taking the Lead in Greening Design Guidelines,”
National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, Nashville, TN, Oct. 15, 2009.
“Historic Preservation and Sustainable Urban Design,” APA National Planning Conference,
Minneapolis, MN, April 27, 2009.
“Going Green: Looking at Design Guidelines Through a Sustainability Lens,” National Trustfor Historic Preservation Conference, Tulsa, OK, Oct. 23, 2008.
“The Architectural Legacy of Thomas Day,” Southeast Chapter Society of Architectural
Historians Annual Conference, Greensboro, October 2, 2008.
“The What, Why, and How of Design Guidelines,” National Alliance of Preservation
Commissions Forum 2008, New Orleans, LA, July 12, 2008.
“Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act,” National Alliance of Preservation
Commissions Forum 2008, New Orleans, LA, July 12, 2008.
“Affordable Housing Design Guidelines: A Four Step Process,” Virginia Annual Preservation
Conference, Staunton, VA, September 25, 2007.
“Perfect Harmony: Sensible Infill Design in Local Historic Districts,” South Carolina Annual
Preservation Conference, Columbia, SC, March 28, 2006.


Chair, National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Board of Directors
Immediate Past Chair, Preservation North Carolina Board of Directors
Member, North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee
Member, Guilford County Preservation Commission
Past President, Preservation Greensboro, Inc.