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Michelle Provoost is an architectural historian who specializes in historic preservation, urban planning history and theory, postwar architecture and contemporary urban development. She co-founded the office of Crimson Architectural Historians in 1994, which has subsequently been engaged in a large number of research and design projects in the fields of urban planning, architecture and art. Since 2008 Provoost has served as Director
of the International New Town Institute (INTI) in Almere, the Netherlands. Under her direction, INTI has grown from a small institute into an internationally known center for education and research relating to New Towns. INTI is now considered the leading organization related to New Towns, with an extensive lecture and conference series, global network of researchers, and considerable publications. Michelle Provoost teaches at various universities including TU Delft, the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and the University of Amsterdam.
Provoost is also the head editor of the INTI publications. She is the author of Hugh Maaskant: Architect of Progress (nai010 publishers, 2014).