Dawn Bilobran is Principal of 313 Historic Preservation based in Detroit, Michigan. She has over a decade of experience collaborating with private, nonprofit, and government stakeholders seeking to rehabilitate historic assets and maximize development incentives. Her work involves creating project-specific rehabilitation and adaptive reuse strategies, administering federal and state historic tax credits and managing large-scale construction operations. Additionally, she provides comprehensive architectural history services including building research and National Register of Historic Places nominations.
Ms. Bilobran's projects consist of Michigan’s most iconic buildings including the Detroit Masonic Temple, Michigan State Capitol, Fisher Building, Nickels Arcade and DTE Energy Conners Creek Power Plant as well as small-scale development and community partnerships. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Belle Isle Conservancy supporting the stewardship of the nation’s largest urban island park. Previous board appointments include the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (2014-2020) and Preservation Detroit (2013-2020).
“My coursework at IU, particularly ‘History of the American Home,’ fed my thirst for knowledge about place and our built environment. We are immensely lucky to have such a visually stunning and architecturally inspiring campus in Bloomington. Indiana encouraged me to ask questions, which I continue to do in my career at 313 Historic Preservation. Why is this here? What is important to us to celebrate and preserve? Asking questions and solving problems centered around historic architecture, materials and neighborhood development is something I am lucky to continue to do each day.”