Kent L. Barwick, the president emeritus of the Municipal Art Society of New York, served as president from 1999 through 2009.
Mr. Barwick had previously served the Society as its president from 1983 to 1995 and as its executive director from 1970 to 1975. From 1995 to 1997, he was president of the New York State Historical Association, having previously served as its vice chairman from 1993 through 1995. In 1998, Mr. Barwick became the first director of “The Waterfront Project,” a reconnaissance effort organized by a coalition of leading New York and New Jersey foundations, which was originally housed at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The Waterfront Project has burgeoned into the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, which grew under the banner of theMunicipal Art Society and has since become its own independent organization.
From 1978 to 1983, Mr. Barwick was chairman of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission and, in 1977, was administrator of the Adopt-A-Station program to improve New York City’s subways. Prior to that, he was director of the New York State Council on the Arts (1975-1976). An early organizer of the South Street Seaport, he was also co-chairman of the Architectural and Engineering Committee for the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island. From 1981 to 1987, Mr. Barwick was as an advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and its north-east regional chairman from 1988 to 1990. In 2001, he served on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Governors Island.
Mr. Barwick is currently chairman of the State Council on Waterways and serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, the Clark Foundation, Historic Hudson Valley, New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, North River Historic Ship Society, Otsego 2000, Parks & Trails New York, Riverside South Planning Corporation, the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial and the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Mr. Barwick also attended Harvard University as a Loeb Fellow. A founder of the Preservation League of New York State, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Historic Districts Council, he is the recipient of a number of awards for his civic works from, among others, the AIA, the Parks Council and the American Planning Association.
Mr. Barwick first joined the MAS Board of Directors in 1983.