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Michael Gallis and Associates Records

Identifier: MS0552

Scope and Contents

This collection consists largely of material generated through the projects of Michael Gallis and Associates in their work in urban and regional planning in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg area and across the United States. There is a large amount of material related to Gallis' work in urban planning for the Charlotte Metropolitan area, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard Development Corporation in Miami, the Gateway in Rock Hill, SC, and Central Florida regional development. There is also material related to NOAH Studios, the first architectural firm started by Gallis, as well as regional planning in both the Hickory Metropolitan Area and the Triad of North Carolina.


  • 1968 - 2013

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Conditions Governing Access

The Michael Gallis and Associates papers are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Michael Audun Gallis was born on July 23, 1943 in San Francisco, California to Michael Alexander Gallis (1909-2001) and Britta Christina Anderson Gallis (1903-1999). He received his Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and one Master's Degree in Architecture and another in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, Gallis taught for 1 year at the University of Miami. While he was in Miami, Gallis formed the MLK Blvd. Development Corporation with Bernard Dyer to help rebuild the inner city.

Gallis became an associate professor of Architecture and Planning at UNCC in 1974, a position he would hold until 1990. While teaching at UNCC, Gallis started Noah Studios in 1980. As a licensed architect, he had students work with him and they created the Rock Hill Gateway Plan for Mt. Holly. In 1988, Noah Studios broke up and Gallis established Michael Gallis and Associates, a strategic planning and design firm. This organization has become a national leader in city planning and developing regional models for integration and development. They also specialize in transportation, airport and economic development and have created strategic development and transportation programs for a large number of cities across the country, including Charlotte, Detroit, San Diego and Orlando. Michael Gallis and Associates has received numerous awards, including a National Design Award from the Department of Transportation and the National Endowment of the Arts, as well as two National Economic Development Awards.


10 Linear Feet


Papers documenting the work of Michael Gallis and Associates in regional and urban planning. Includes planning proposals, reports, analyses, schematics, newspaper articles and magazines. Also contains some of Gallis' personal writings and biographical material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Michael Gallis in 2017.

Related Materials

Warren Burgess Papers (MS 451), Louis Humbert Asbury Papers (MS 145), James Norman Pease (MS 97), J.A. Jones Construction Company (MS 340), Hawkins-Kibler (Marsh) Associates Architectural Drawings (MS 275)

Processing Information

The inventory was created by Andrew Pack in 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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