April 19, 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of New York City’s groundbreaking Landmarks Law, the passage of which ushered in unprecedented historic preservation following years of advocacy by MAS.
It’s hard to remember today—with 1,347 individual landmarks, 117 interior landmarks, 114 historic districts, and 10 scenic landmarks across the five boroughs—that at the time of its passage, New York’s landmarks preservation law was a truly revolutionary concept. It would serve as a model for similar laws that were enacted around the country and forever change the way cities treat historic spaces.
Please mark your calendars with the following meeting dates!
The dates marked in bold are joint meetings with the Planning Committee.
The Municipal Art Society of New York’s Preservation Committee is comprised of preservation experts from a variety of backgrounds.Read their biographies.
Angel Ayón is the Principal and founder of AYON Studio Architecture and Preservation, where he provides comprehensive professional services in the fields of Architecture and Historic Preservation. Trained and experienced as an Architect and a Preservationist in both his native Havana and New York City, Ayón has more than twenty years of learning from, advocating for, and ultimately conceiving and overseeing, conservation efforts to save and secure our built heritage as a cultural asset for current and future generations. His experience includes rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and building-envelope evaluation and repair of a variety of commercial and residential properties ranging from single-family homes to museums, houses of worship, universities and high-rise commercial buildings. Ayón holds a professional degree as an Architect and a M.Sc. in Building Conservation from Havana’s Polytechnic Institute and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Archaeological Sites from Columbia University in New York.
Norma Barbacci, who joined the World Monuments Fund in 2001, is the Director of Programs for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, and she manages all field projects and initiatives in these countries. Barbacci received her BA in architecture in 1983 from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she was awarded the AIA School Medal and Certificate from the Adams Fund for Excellence in the Study of Architecture. She received her MS in Historic Preservation in 1987 from Columbia University in New York, NY, where she was awarded the Historic Preservation Thesis award for her Master’s design thesis on the adaptive re-use of a medieval residential complex in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy. Barbacci is a registered architect in the State of New York. Prior to joining WMF, Barbacci worked as a preservation architect at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners for 12 years, as senior project manager, associate, and studio director.
Matthew Coody is the executive director of the New York Preservation Archive Project and is a co-founder of Preservation Greenpoint, a nonprofit organization that works to protect the historic architecture and character of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He has devoted time to working with many New York City preservation organizations, architecture firms, and city agencies, including the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. Coody is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and holds a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. He is vice president of Preservation Alumni and is on the Board of Directors of the Historic Districts Council.
Ward Dennis is a partner at Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, a preservation consulting firm specializing in the restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive use of historic properties in New York City. His work at HQ focuses on local landmarks review (including restoration, rehabilitation, design consultation on new buildings, and additions to historic buildings), historic preservation tax credit review, Section 106 review, and special permits under NYC zoning sections 74-711 and 74-79. He is active in various aspects of land-use planning and open-space advocacy in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is a board member of various advocacy groups in North Brooklyn, and former member and land-use chair of Community Board 1. Ward has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and lectures at other local schools on historic preservation and other matters.
Mary Dierickx is Principal at Mary B Dierickx Historic Preservation Consulting, an award-winning and pioneering historic preservation firm established in New York City in 1977. She is the author of the monographs The Architecture of Literacy: The Carnegie Libraries of New York City and The Architecture of Public Justice: Historic Courthouses of the City of New York as well as numerous articles and lectures on preservation. She has served as Chair of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, President of the Fine Arts Federation of New York City, President of Preservation Alumni, and Treasurer of the United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS). In New York City, in addition to the MAS preservation committee, she has served on the boards of the New York Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Metropolitan Historic Structures Association, and the New York Chapter of the Victorian Society.
Andrew S. Dolkart a Professor of Historic Preservation at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He has been active in preservation in New York for several decades, working with community groups, writing, curating exhibitions, and leading walking tours. His research focuses on the architecture and development of New York City, with special emphasis on the layering of architecture and history in New York’s neighborhoods and on the city’s overlooked building types. He is the author of three award-winning books: Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development; Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street; and The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City, 1908-1929. He is currently working on a book examining the architecture and development of garment lofts and New York’s Garment District.
Franny Eberhart has over twenty-five years of professional and volunteer experience at nonprofit organizations, specializing in Historic Preservation. She has an MA in Art History and an MS in Historic Preservation, both from Columbia University, and served as the Manager of Public Affairs at the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council. She was the Chair of the Historic House Trust, and is currently the President of the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University teaching Case Studies in Historic Preservation.
Joan H. Geismar, an archaeological consultant and principal of Joan H. Geismar PhD, LLC, received her doctorate in Anthropology from Columbia University. She specializes in assessing a site’s archaeological potential and implementing fieldwork. Her clients include private developers and institutions, municipal and federal agencies, architects, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, historical societies, museums, and engineering and environmental firms. A founding member of Professional Archaeologists of New York City, Inc. (PANYC), she has often served as president and, since 1984, sits on the Executive Board. Geismar is the recipient of several preservation awards, and in 1999 was designated as a Centennial Historian of the City of New York. She also proudly serves on the MAS preservation committee.
Mary Kay Judy is an award-winning architectural conservator and preservation consultant with two decades of national and international experience. Her Brooklyn-based practice focuses on architectural conservation advisory and technical services for current and future landmarks (marykayjudy.com).
As Principal of Mary Kay Judy, Architectural & Cultural Heritage Conservation, Judy has served as a conservation consultant on several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States, Europe, and India. Judy also has a specialization in the conservation of Modern architecture and has worked on several significant National Historic Landmark Modern properties.
Judy has lectured internationally on her architectural conservation case studies and the politics of preservation. Her writing on these subjects has appeared in a variety of publications including the National Trust Preservation Forum Journal and the Journal of Architectural Conservation.
Judy has a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a BA in Architectural History from the University of Cincinnati.
Jeffrey A. Kroessler is an associate professor in the Lloyd Sealy Library at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is the author of The Greater New York Sports Chronology (2010); New York, Year by Year: a Chronology of the Great Metropolis (2002); Historic Preservation in Queens (1990); and Lighting the Way: a Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library (1996). He contributed to the Encyclopedia of New York City; The Encyclopedia of New York State; and Robert Moses and the Modern City: the Transformation of New York, and has been published in the Journal of Planning History, New York History, and the Long Island History Journal. He has a PhD from the CUNY Graduate School in Urban History, and an MLS from Queens College. He has been active in historic preservation in New York City since the 1980s.
Ken Lustbader is a historic preservation consultant based in New York City. Between 2007 and 2015, he served as the Historic Preservation Program Director at the J.M. Kaplan Fund where he was responsible for developing and implementing US and international grant initiatives; he remains a consultant to the Fund. Prior to that, he was lead consultant for the Lower Manhattan Emergency Preservation Fund. This coalition of five preservation organizations – including the Municipal Art Society – was formed in response to the September 11 attacks. In that capacity, he developed and implemented a comprehensive preservation strategy that included the conservation of in situ elements of the World Trade Center. Between 1994 and 2002, he was the Director of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program. He is currently a co-director of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, an initiative that will identify and document LGBT historic and cultural sites in the five boroughs.
Christy MacLear is the Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The Foundation oversees the artwork of Robert Rauschenberg, manages a philanthropic program supporting the intersection of art and global issues, and an artist residency on his compound in Captiva Florida.
Beyond being the inaugural Director for RRF, Christy’s career has been defined by starting up projects or institutions in the realms of art, architecture, and design with a particular focus on new business strategy. She has never had a job which existed before and is most comfortable in large scale, complex projects – moving them to new market territory and refined approaches. She was the Executive Director of the Philip Johnson Glass House, Director of the Museum Campus in Chicago – moving Lake Shore Drive to create a lakefront park and managed strategic planning for the Walt Disney Company’s new town Celebration.
She has a degree in Urban Design & Architectural History from Stanford University and an MBA from Wharton. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Stanford University and on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Art Society.
Liz McEnaney is an architectural historian and preservationist. Her projects range in location from Staten Island, New York to the Red Fort in Delhi, India and Maputo, Mozambique. McEnaney is the Executive Director of the SS Columbia Project and a co-founder of BLDG BLOK, a collaborative of historians and digital media artists. She teaches in the Integrated Digital Media program and the Sustainable Urban Design program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Christopher Neville is a historic preservation and public history consultant based in New York, where he also teaches in the graduate historic preservation programs of Columbia University and Pratt Institute. His research-driven interdisciplinary practice draws on over twenty-five years of experience in historic preservation, architectural restoration, field archaeology, public art, and other forms of site-specific investigation and interpretation. Important past collaborations include work with the REPOhistory art collective, the Place Matters community heritage project, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, among others. Focusing on the layers of meaning and patterns of change over time that shape our shared cultural landscape, his projects have taken many forms, including historic structure reports, landmarks testimony, walking tours, art installations, museum exhibits, teacher training workshops, and process-based community dialogs.
Richard Olcott, a partner in Ennead Architects, creates buildings that are at once expressive of their missions and integral to their specific contexts. Focused principally on cultural, academic, and governmental institutions, notable projects include Yale University’s Art Gallery, Newtown Creek’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall and Anderson Collection gallery. Current work includes U.S. Embassies in Ankara, Turkey; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; and Nassau, Bahamas. Olcott is also active in professional associations and regulatory agencies, bringing a critical and balanced attitude toward the integration of new architecture with historic urban fabric. He is a member of the Municipal Art Society’s board, a former Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the recipient of the American Academy in Rome’s Founders Rome Prize Fellowship, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Cristiana Pena is a digital media strategist specializing in architecture, design, historic preservation, real estate, and allied fields. As an advocate for New York City’s historic districts and landmarks, she leverages digital platforms to serve causes that impact our built environment, building online communities to drive real-world change. Pena regularly partners with preservation advocates for grassroots campaigns and is a guest lecturer for city-wide organizations. Since 2013, she has served as Chief of Social Media for CIRCA Old Houses, an online marketplace showcasing historic properties for sale across the United States. She was also a key member of the community campaign for “Unite to Save the Frick,” was director of programs at the National Historic Landmark Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx, NY), held a variety of leadership positions at Landmark West!, and is the executive director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. Cristiana received her BA in Art History (emphasis in architectural history) from the Pennsylvania State University and her MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.
Charles A. Platt II, an architect and painter, began his architectural practice as a principal in 1965. Platt’s commitment to design and to design appropriateness is a hallmark of his career, and is especially useful in those projects involving landmarks and historic districts. Throughout his career Platt has been active in public affairs related to architecture, the arts, and historic preservation. He served as a member of the New York City Landmarks Commission for five years and is a director of the Municipal Art Society, serving as chair of its Preservation Committee and as a member of its Executive and Planning committees. By appointment of the governor and the mayor, he was also a director of and secretary to the board of the New 42 Inc. until 2016. He is a member of the board of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, and a member and past president of the board of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial at the National Historic Site. Platt is a National Academician and has been a Visiting Critic at Cornell University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He is a graduate of Harvard College’s Graduate School of Design.
Otis Pratt Pearsall, a retired litigation partner with the law firm of Arnold & Porter, arrived in Brooklyn Heights in 1956 and soon organized a preservation plan to protect the historic fabric of the neighborhood’s 19th century architecture. Pearsall is Trustee Emeritus of the Brooklyn Museum having served on its Board or Advisory Board since 1986, Honorary Trustee of the Green-Wood Cemetery having served on its Board since 1992, and a Director of the New York Preservation Archives Project since 2003. He also served as a member of the New York City Public Design Commission (formerly the Art Commission of the City of New York) for 14 years (2001 – 2015), on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Art Society of New York (1967-74) and as its Secretary (1968) and Vice-President (1969), and on the Board of Trustees of the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (1969-77) and the Long Island Historical Society (1971-82). For 51 consecutive years, Otis was a member of the Board of Governors of the Brooklyn Heights Association on its Advisory Committee (1960-2011).
Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, and educator. She is publications director at Yale School of Architecture and editor of the biannual publication Constructs, the school’s exhibition catalogs, as well as the school’s book series for the past 18 years. She is director of the project Vertical Urban Factory with a traveling exhibition which was first in New York, then Detroit, Toronto, London, Lausanne, and back to New York. Her book of the same name was published this year by Actar. She lectures widely on the subject of urban manufacturing spaces. She is also co-editor of Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012) and author of Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation (The Monacelli Press, 2007) and co-author of Long Island City: Connecting the Arts (Design Trust for Public Space, 2003). She is a founder of Docomomo US and Docomomo-New York/Tri-State and was its president for four years and now is a vice president. She has taught at Syracuse in NYC, Barnard College, and Parsons School of Design, among other schools.
Kevin Rice, AIA is an Associate Principal at Diller Scofidio + Renfro and has been practicing architecture for over 20 years. Kevin was the Project Director for the Broad, a contemporary art museum that was recently completed in downtown Los Angeles. Previously, he served as Project Director of the Public Spaces Project and Lincoln Restaurant for the Lincoln Center Redevelopment Project, requiring him to build consensus between the institution’s 13 constituent organizations while leading the projects through the approval processes with city, state, and federal agencies. Kevin was the Senior Detailer on Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and he led the Concept Design effort for the Columbia University Medical and Graduate Education Building project. He is currently involved with the MoMA Expansion project.
Prior to DS+R, Kevin worked with Perkins & Will Architects and Polshek Partnership Architects, where he was involved in a wide range of academic projects, including the Smith College Fine Arts Center in Massachusetts and the Lycée Français de New York in Manhattan. Kevin received a BS of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a M.Arch from Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a resident of Staten Island.
Judith Saltzman is a founding principal of Li/Saltzman Architects, an architectural firm specializing in the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive use of historic properties in the New York metropolitan region. Saltzman has more than 30 years of professional experience as an architect and preservationist, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. Saltzman’s projects are wide-ranging in building type and use, including the adaptive use of the Rhinelander Mansion for the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store; the preservation and adaptive use of 97 Orchard Street for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum; restoration of the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn; rehabilitation of High Bridge, the oldest bridge in New York City linking Washington Heights and the Bronx; and the restoration of numerous historic theaters. Internationally she has worked on archeological excavations in Tunisia, Mexico, Italy, and Poland and architectural and conservation programs in Cuba, Japan, France, Spain, Scotland, and Turkey. Saltzman is a long-standing member of MAS’s Preservation Committee.
Frank Sanchis has been the Director of United States Programs for the World Monuments Fund in New York City since 2010. Before joining WMF, he served as Executive Director of the New York City Landmarks Commission; Vice President for Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC; and Executive Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York. Sanchis is the author of American Architecture, Westchester County New York, published by North River Press in 1977. He currently serves on the boards of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, the City Club of New York, and the Advisory Council of the Historic House Trust. Sanchis holds a B.Arch from the Pratt Institute (1966) and a MS of Historic Preservation from Columbia University (1969).
Jennifer Schork is a Senior Conservator with Integrated Conservation Resources, Inc. (ICR) where she designs, manages, and implements architectural conservation programs. A graduate of the Historic Preservation program of Columbia University, she has experience with building materials testing and analysis, hands-on treatment, and design-build project management. Schork is a co-founder of Preservation Greenpoint, a neighborhood organization dedicated to protecting the historic architecture and character of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and currently the chair emeritus of the Architectural Specialty Group of AIC.
Marc Shenfield became a preservationist at age eight, when urban renewal destroyed the business district of his native New Haven in the 1950s. After graduating from Pratt Institute, he began a 30-year career in advertising, participating in preservation efforts, volunteering with MAS, the Landmark Preservation Commission, and Lyndhurst. Later, mentored by Leopold Adler, Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, he became a grass-roots organizer, devising strategies for revitalizing the Newburgh, NY National Register historic district. In 1998, he completed the Trust’s Preservation Leadership Training program and in 2000 he traveled to Cuba with the Preservation League of New York State. In Cape May, NJ Marc was asked to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission and led a community effort to save an 1878 Carriage House from demolition. Having restored two 19th century houses, he is currently developing a book on saving historic interiors.
Roy Strickland is an internationally recognized and award-winning urban designer and educator whose practice, teaching, and research have engaged the global cities of London, Paris, Tokyo, Istanbul, New York, and Beijing. In Manhattan he designed public space improvements leading to the revitalization of Bryant Park and Union Square and housing and urban design guidelines leading to the redevelopment of Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Bradhurst Avenue.
Strickland is a Professor of Architecture at the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he served as the founding director of the Master of Urban Design Program from 2001 until 2012. In China he is a designated Overseas Expert in the field of urban design, tasked to help the country develop urban design education. He also serves as senior advisor to the National Research Center for Rural Planning in Beijing.
Strickland received his BA from Columbia University and his M.Arch. from MIT.
Frampton Tolbert has been involved in the fields of architecture, preservation, and urbanism for more than 20 years. He currently serves as Deputy Director at the Center for Urban Pedagogy, an award-winning nonprofit, whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. He was previously Deputy Director of the Historic Districts Council, an advocacy organization for NYC neighborhoods, and has held positions at the Brooklyn Museum and The Phillips Collection. In 2009, he created the blog Mid-Century Mundane to document regional and vernacular mid-century architecture. Building on that work, he launched the Queens Modern project to examine the significance of modern architecture in Queens, NY. He also serves on the boards of the Victorian Society New York, Recent Past Preservation Network, and Society for Clinton Hill. He received his BA in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington.
Susan Tunick, is an artist and President of Friends of Terra Cotta. One of her publications, Terra-Cotta Skyline (1997) won that year’s New York Society Library Award and the Brendan Gill Prize from MAS. She recently completed a commission the include three outdoor clay and cedar sculptures for a property in Vermont. In addition, she has worked on a number of public projects including Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station in Bayonne, NJ, murals in PS 222 and Jackson Heights, Queens, and varied works for three locations in New York City subway stations. Her work has been featured in numerous books including Public Art for Public Schools by Michelle Cohen, Ceramics in the Environment by Janet Mansfield, and Along The Way: MTA Arts for Transit by Bill Ayres and Sandra Bloodworth. She has received grants, as well as the International Ceramics Award presented by Ceramic Arts Foundation, the Tile Heritage Foundation Award, and the MAS Award for Advocacy.