Towards Comprehensive Planning
Preserving Historic and Cultural Resources
Ken Bernstein, Principal City Planner, City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources
Ken Bernstein is Principal City Planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, for which he leads the City’s Office of Historic Resources. Since 2006, he has overseen the completion of SurveyLA, a multi-year citywide survey of historic resources, and has led the creation of a comprehensive historic preservation program for Los Angeles. He previously served for eight years as Director of Preservation Issues for the non-profit Los Angeles Conservancy. He has a Master’s in Public Affairs and Urban Planning from Princeton University and a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. He is also the author of the recently released book, Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities.
Christopher Cirillo, Executive Director/President, Ascendent Neighborhood Development Corporation
Christopher Cirillo became the Executive Director/President of East Harlem-based Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation in July 2012. Since arriving at Ascendant, Chris has expanded the organization’s work to include neighborhood planning, historic preservation, and asset management. Chris helped to establish the Northern Manhattan Collaborative, an alliance of local non-profit housing providers, and Landmark East Harlem, an alliance of local historic preservation advocates. Before joining Ascendant, he held positions at The Richman Group Development Corporation and several positions at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development. He also serves on MAS’s Planning Committee, and in June of 2021, he became a Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Historic Districts Council. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Brown University and Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute, where he also now teaches.
Dominique Hawkins, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Managing Principal / Partner, Preservation Design Partnership, LLC
In 1995, Dominique established PDP as a planning and design practice focusing exclusively on offering high-quality professional services for clients with nationally significant historic sites and buildings. Her work is at the forefront of addressing change at historic buildings and settings whether through design, the regulatory process, or the impacts of climate change and flooding at historic properties. From small projects to multi-million-dollar undertakings, Dominique’s work has maintained the highest standards of planning, design, and preservation, resulting in long-lasting relationships, some of which span over a decade of continuous involvement and service. Her work has been recognized with several awards. In 2017, Dominique served as the Vice-Chair of the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Commission Task Force created by Mayor Jim Kenney as well as Co-Chair of its regulatory committee. This Task Force served to review the policies that support historic preservation in the city and to make recommendations to strengthen those policies and inform the Philadelphia2035 Comprehensive Plan.
Elizabeth Goldstein, President, MAS (Moderator)
Elizabeth Goldstein joined MAS as its President in 2017, with an extensive background in parks and historic preservation advocacy and management. Throughout her career, she has worked to insure transparent public engagement in civic decisions of consequence to public space and the heritage of key places nationwide and has worked in both governmental agencies and the non-profit sector.
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