Mr. Gioulis has been active in Historic Preservation in West Virginia since 1977. He served as Historical Architect for the West Virginia Department of Culture and History and as Assistant Director of the Historic Preservation Unit. While there he was involved in a number of programs, including: Survey and Planning grants; historic resource surveys; review of construction grant projects; and tax certification applications. He is familiar with all aspects of interpreting standards for rehabilitation of existing and historic buildings. In private practice, (established 1984) he has been involved in rehabilitation projects and design assistance programs for downtown structures. This includes services to the West Virginia Main Street Office, resulting in over 800 individual design projects, as well as workshops, resource team visits and technical assistance responses. Resource teams involve intensive site visits in a charrette environment reviewing community resources and developing strategies for revitalization. He has participated in over 30 teams. In addition, Michael has written a Maintenance Manual for downtown property owners. He has completed a number of successful tax certification applications and has participated in individual rehabilitation and restoration projects including the restoration of 20 building facades in downtown Matewan, WV.
A number of training and technical workshops have been conducted by Mr. Gioulis. These include design workshops for the Main Street program from 1989 up to and including the present; Pinnacle Rock State Park for the Division of Culture and History, 1990; State Main Street Annual Conference 1990-2006; National Association of FRP manufacturers, 1995; Elkins and Beverly Historic Landmarks Commission, 1997; and others. He has also been a guest instructor at Shepherd State College and the West Virginia Graduate School and an instructor at the University of Charleston.
In St. Clairsville, Ohio he worked with the city and property owners to successfully rehabilitate seventeen downtown buildings and public projects such as entrance signs to the town, and a National Register nomination for the historic district. He also revised the city’s design guidelines. In Wheeling he worked with a planning team for the revitalization of the historic waterfront into a major urban park. He has also worked with communities in reviewing rehabilitation projects and as an advisor to historic review committees; and wrote or revised historic district review ordinances and design guidelines in towns such as Shepherdstown, Elkins, Beverly, and Bramwell.