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  • 24 Jan 2012 11:54 PM | Anonymous member
    For Preservation Alumni, 2011 brought a new website, a 30th anniversary celebration, numerous well-attended alumni events, and a half-dozen new board members. With 2012 now upon us, we’re planning new ways to enhance PA’s engagement with its impressive network of alumni, so stay tuned.

    But first, some big news: PA has a new Board President. Ben Baccash (class of 2010) was chosen to assume the mantle of leadership from outgoing President Cleary Larkin (class of 2007). He is currently a Development Assistant at World Monuments Fund (WMF). While at Columbia he concentrated on preservation policy and land use law, with an emphasis on the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and its enforcement procedures. The Board looks forward to achieving new goals with Ben.

    Preservation Alumni is truly indebted to Cleary after 6 years of dedication on the Board. She brought an infectious enthusiasm and “can-do” spirit to her role as president. Under her leadership PA has undeniably strengthened its mission and broadened its outreach. We wish her best of luck in all of her endeavors.

    We also tip our hats to Mikel Travisano (class of 2005), who is stepping down as the Board’s Vice President after several years of dutiful service. His presence at Board meetings will be missed. Bob Hartman (class of 1979) has agreed to fill Mikel’s shoes. Thank you to both of you!
  • 24 Jan 2012 11:49 PM | Anonymous member
    Norman Weiss began his teaching career in the Preservation Program in 1977. This fall will mark his 35th year and it coincides with the conference on Stone Conservation that is being hosted this year by GSAPP. The Program will honor Norman during the conference for his contributions to the field and his dedication as a teacher. A fund has been set up in his name–the Norman Weiss Education Fund– to both improve the facilities in the conservation laboratory and help conservators in private practice attend the conference.
    Norman was a mentor and teacher to many of us alumni. Any contribution to this fund would be most appreciated. Checks can be made out to “The Historic Preservation Education Fund” (with “Norman Weiss Education Fund” written on the lower left of the check) and sent to:

    Richard Pieper 
    Jan Hird Pokorny Associates 
    39 West 37th Street, Floor 12A 
    New York, NY 10018 
    For questions, contact Richard Pieper: 212-759-6462
  • 24 Jan 2012 11:36 PM | Anonymous member
    In November, current students and alumni of the Historic Preservation Program mingled under the magnificent coffered ceiling of the Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory. It was clearly apparent that many of us are engaged in some very exciting preservation-related projects. In fact, the very building in which we were gathered is currently undergoing substantial rehabilitation, much involving the expertise and handiwork of many of our fellow alumni. They include Kirsten Reoch, Senior Project Director for the Armory; Bridgitte Cook, Project Architect with Platt Byard Dovell White (PBDW); Debora Barros, also with PBDW; Ray Pepi, principal-in-charge of the conservation consultant firm Building Conservation Associates (BCA); Claudia Kavenagh, project manager with BCA; Erica Morasset and Amanda Stauffer, team members with BCA; Chris Girr, project architect with Walter B. Melvin Architects, the exterior restoration consultant; and Lizzie Olson, project member for Robert Silman Associates, the structural engineer. Congrats to the Columbia Preservation team for their great work!

    Visit PA’s Flickr page to see photos from the event.
  • 24 Jan 2012 11:34 PM | Anonymous member
    This past October the Columbia Preservation Class of 1978-80 held their 30th anniversary reunion at Moran’s Restaurant in Chelsea, next to the Highline. Despite the freak snowstorm, 25 alumni attended (some with great difficulty) for drinks and dinner. Dozens of class photos were shown on a looped digital slideshow and a commemorative booklet was also produced, with updates on what classmates had been doing over the years. The reunion committee consisted of Jay Shockley, Gina Santucci, Nancy Zerbe, and M.C. Taylor. The following day a smaller group made the trek to Irvington, NY at the invitation of fellow classmate Joe Lombardi to tour his Octagon House, the only known fully domed octagonal residence in the United States.

    Members of the class of 1978-1980 include: 
    Camille Bowman (Newport News, VA) 
    Ann B. McGlone (San Antonio, TX) 
    Liz Blair Jones (Bethesda, MD) 
    Kaisa Broner-Bauer (Helskinki, Finland) 
    Rachel Carley (Litchfield, CT) 
    Pat Casler (Chicago, IL) 
    Carol Corden (Brooklyn, NY) 
    Bob Craig (Hamilton Square, NJ) 
    DD Allen (New York, NY) 
    Judith E. Fagin (Erie, PA) 
    Dale Frens (West Chester, PA) 
    Julia Gersovitz (Westmount, Quebec) 
    Barbara Bartlett (Cazenovia, NY) 
    Alison Gilchrist (Washington Depot, CT) 
    Frances Hanahan (New York, NY) 
    Wes Haynes (Stamford, CT) 
    Steven Hirschberg (Stamford, CT) 
    Susan Horst Mori (Tokyo, Japan) 
    Mike Hubartt (Flushing, NY) 
    Mike Jackson (Springfield, IL) 
    Carol Ann Arvan (Royal Oak, MI) 
    Joseph Pell Lombardi (New York, NY) 
    Leslie Lord Ide (Ridgefield, CT) 
    Bob Louton (dec’d) 
    Suzanne Lown Grant (New York, NY) 
    Hermes Mallea (New York, NY) 
    Bruce Popkin (Fresh Meadows, NY) 
    Sue Radmer (New York, NY) 
    Martha Raymond (Alexandria, VA) 
    Pamela Rubin Carter (New York, NY) 
    Gina Santucci (New York, NY) 
    Jay Shockley (New York, NY) 
    Lauren Brook Allsopp (Scottsdale, AZ) 
    Gail Sonnenfeld (Chicago, IL) 
    Susan Strauss (New York, NY) 
    Beth Sullebarger (Glendale, OH) 
    M.C. Taylor (Salisbury, CT) 
    Anne Van Ingen (Stamford, CT) 
    Gay Wagner (Hampton, CT) 
    Nancy Zerbe (Metuchen, NJ)
  • 17 Dec 2011 10:35 PM | Anonymous member
    Check out PA's Career Opportunities page for more info.
  • 17 Dec 2011 10:31 PM | Anonymous member
    M. Silver Associates, a New York-based PR agency, is seeking the expertise of an architectural research consultant to research the history of two historically significant hotels in Midtown that are owned by their client. If interested, contact Aik Wye Ng at for more details.
  • 15 Nov 2011 6:32 PM | Anonymous member
    Check out PA's Career Opportunities page for more info.
  • 04 Oct 2011 9:24 PM | Anonymous member
    Two fresh jobs postings. Check the Career Opportunities page.
  • 02 Oct 2011 10:13 PM | Anonymous member
    A New York City Council Subcommittee has denied the designation of 135 Bowery as a landmark.  This important Federalist building dates to 1817 and is a rare example of early 19th century architecture on the Bowery.  Just this past June, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Hardenbrook Somarindyck House as an individual landmark however the City Council as part of the review process can overturn a LPC designation.  If you believe this sets a dangerous precedent contact your New York City Council Member.

    To find your Council member, see
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