Frederick Bland has provided design leadership over the past 35 years for educational, residential and cultural facilities in both the U.S. and in China. He has directed downtown redevelopment plans nationally, working with clients that require options for long-term growth. Mr. Bland began his career at Beyer Blinder Belle in 1972, became the first non-founding partner in 1978, and Managing Partner in 2004. An Adjunct Professor in the Fine Arts Department of New York University since 1990, he has also lectured on design at Yale University, Columbia University, Pratt and City College. He is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church, Wall Street; Chairman of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and serves on numerous other civic boards in New York City including the Evergreens Cemetery and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Mr. Bland received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Yale University.
William J. Higgins, Vice-Chairman William Higgins has over twenty years of historic preservation experience encompassing nearly all aspects of the profession including documentation, historic construction analysis and conservation; regulatory and design review at state, federal and local levels; museum restoration; historic rehabilitation; real estate development; and writing and lecturing. Previous to the past fifteen years as principal of his historic preservation consulting firm, Mr. Higgins was the statewide director of restoration for New York State-owned historic sites, and project development manager for a real estate firm specializing in rehabilitation and historic preservation. He has extensive experience in applying and interpreting the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, both as government reviewer for the New York State Historic Preservation Office and as a private consultant to a range of private, public, corporate and institutional clients including the American Museum of Natural History and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Mr. Higgins holds a BA from Boston College and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.
Edward T. Mohylowski, Deputy Executive Director of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Alliance College, where as a Junior, he spent a year abroad studying at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Subsequently, as a Fulbright scholar based at the Warsaw Polytechnic University, Mr. Mohylowski conducted research in Poland on the reconstruction of Warsaw’s Old Town. After earning an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, he worked as a professional preservationist for more than a decade at both the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and the New York Landmarks Conservancy, where he directed the Sacred Sites Program. He has since been a fundraiser specializing primarily in institutional giving at The New York Botanical Garden, Environmental Defense Fund, World Monuments Fund, and John Jay College. In addition to serving as a trustee of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, he is a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America. He is a former trustee of the Fairfield (CT) Historical Society, the Historic Districts Council, and the Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as a former commissioner of the Fairfield (CT) Historic District Commission.
Amy Freitag is the Executive Director of the New York Restoration Project. Prior to joining NYRP, Ms. Freitag served as U.S. Program Director for the World Monuments Fund, where she developed a demonstration conservation project for Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Site; site protection and digital laser documentation of Tutuveni, a Hopi petroglyph site on Navajo Land near Tuba City, AZ; preservation and strategic planning for Shaker Villages in New York and Massachusetts; and program support for preservation education in high schools in Brooklyn and Newburgh, NY. Her professional background also includes serving as Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects in the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Fairmont Park in Philadelphia. Ms. Freitag serves on the board of the New York Preservation Archive Project. She lectures nationally on the history of women in conservation and is researching a book on the founding of the Garden Club of America. She holds an A.B. from Smith College and master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Glenn Boornazian is founder, President and Principal Conservator of Integrated Conservation Resources, Inc. (ICR) and Integrated Conservation Contracting, Inc. (ICC), a firm which combines investigative architectural conservation services with high-quality conservation and restoration contracting. Glenn draws on his extensive knowledge of building materials conservation to provide technical services for historic buildings and monuments; his expertise includes specialized conditions investigation, materials testing, analysis and assessment, and the implementation of treatment recommendations. After studying at Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, Glenn served as Staff Conservator for the Center for Preservation Research at Columbia University, and Director of Restoration for the Nantucket (Massachusetts) Historical Association. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation from 1996 to 2002, and speaks widely on historic preservation. In addition to his service to the Fitch Foundation, Glenn serves on the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning Board of Advocates for the historic preservation programs.
Mary Dierickx is Principal at Mary B Dierickx Historic Preservation Consulting, an award-winning preservation consulting firm established in New York City in 1977. Prior to establishing her firm, Ms. Dierickx was a member of the architectural survey department of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. She holds an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and was the United States representative at the Unesco-sponsored ICCROM (International Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Property) Course on Wood Conservation Technology in Norway. 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. She has served as Chair of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, President of the Fine Arts Federation of New York City, Secretary of the New York Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and Chair of the Preservation Committees of the Metropolitan Historic Structures Association and the New York Chapter of the Victorian Society. She served as Treasurer of the United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) and is a member of its Scientific Committee on Historic Towns.
Jack Kerr is a retired partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City. Mr. Kerr has more than 35 years of experience in the field of historic preservation as counsel to the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Municipal Art Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other organizations in some of the most important historic preservation cases of the day, including the Grand Central Terminal, St. Bartholomew’s Church, and St. Paul and St. Andrew’s Church cases, and New Jersey v. New York, a Supreme Court case deciding the jurisdiction of Ellis Island. Mr. Kerr attended Columbia Law School and received his J.D. in 1976. At Columbia, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, an International Fellow, a National Scholar of the Seventh Circuit, and the editor in chief of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Mr. Kerr attended Boston College and the London School of Economics and Political Science as a history and economics major. He received his A.B. summa cum laude from Boston College in 1972 and was awarded the Durcan Medal for distinction in History. After college and before entering law school, Mr. Kerr worked as an archeologist in Greece. He excavated at Halieis in the Peloponnesus under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from law school, Mr. Kerr was a law clerk to Chief Judge Gus J. Solomon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon from 1976-78.
Holly M. Leicht is Executive Vice President of Real Estate Development & Planning at Empire State Development, overseeing the planning and disposition of New York State’s surplus properties and ESD’s subsidiary development corporations. Previously she served in the Obama Administration as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Region 2, presiding over the agency’s activities in New York and New Jersey, including $6 billion in affordable housing and other urban development programs and over $15 billion in Superstorm Sandy recovery funds. Leicht led the implementation of the region’s winning Rebuild by Design and National Disaster Resilience Competition projects, and after the Obama Administration ended, she wrote a report entitled Rebuild the Plane Now: Recommendations for Improving Government’s Approach to Disaster Recovery and Preparedness. Prior to her appointment at HUD, Leicht was the Executive Director of New Yorkers for Parks, a research-based advocacy organization championing quality public spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods. She previously held positions at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, most recently as the Deputy Commissioner for Development; the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; and the Municipal Art Society. Leicht began her legal career in Real Estate Finance at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She grew up in St. Louis and graduated magna cum laude from Yale College and cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.
Lizzie Olson is Project Manager for Construction Administration at The Frick Collection and Art Reference Library, where she is involved in the planning and implementation of the institution’s ambitious expansion and renovation project. Prior to joining The Frick in 2019, Lizzie was an Associate and structural engineer for over 10 years at Silman, a firm well known for its work with existing buildings and historic preservation. Among her most memorable projects with Silman are the historic Wyoming State Capital, Cincinnati Union Terminal, Park Avenue Armory, and Fort Jefferson. Lizzie is a licensed structural engineer and holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University. She has taught courses in preservation engineering at Manhattan College and has presented and published articles on preservation practice through the Association for Preservation Technology International.
Theodore Prudon, PhD, FAIA, a leading expert on the preservation of modern architecture, was educated at the University of Delft, Netherlands, and Columbia University where he received his doctorate. He is a partner of Prudon & Partners, based in New York City, and teaches preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Prudon is the President of DOCOMOMO US and a board member of DOCOMOMO International. DOCOMOMO is dedicated to the study of significant works of Modern Movement architecture, landscape design, and urban planning around the world.
Art historian Martica Sawin is the former chair of the Department of History and Criticism of Art and Design, Parsons School of Design. She is now an independent scholar, curator, and critic. Ms. Sawin is the author of ten books on art and artists, including Surrealism in Exile and the Begining of the New York School, and of numerous essays in museum catalogues and art journals; literary executor for James Marston Fitch and editor of James Marston Fitch: Selected Writings on Architecture, Preservation, and the Built Environment (W.W. Norton 2006).
Mr. Tippens is Vice President in the Chicago office of Related Companies, Related Midwest. With an expertise in historic preservation he managed the planning, preservation, and architectural design process for the redevelopment of the National Landmark District of Fort Sheridan, Illinois and the adaptive reuse of another National Landmark, the Cleveland Arcade, in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to joining Related, Mr. Tippens worked for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development and for the Office of Research and Planning at the Chicago Park District. He helped to establish their preservation program, which oversees in excess of 500 historic structures and over 7,000 acres of historic designed landscapes. Mr. Tippens graduated from the University of Illinois in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies and from Columbia University in 1988 with a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation. He is Vice Chair of Landmarks Illinois and the immediate past chair of Preservation Action. He lectures regularly for government and universities on the economic incentives available for historic buildings.
Anne Van Ingen is a historic preservationist. Until recently she was the Director of the Architecture, Planning & Design Program and Capital Projects at the New York State Council on the Arts where she served since 1983. Prior to that she ran a historic preservation consulting business and worked for several nonprofits and public agencies in New York and Massachusetts. Ms. Van Ingen is the President of the St. Regis Foundation, a land trust in the Adirondacks. She is also on the boards of The Preservation League of New York State and the Adirondack Museum. She served as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 1999 to 2008. In the private sector, she is a founding partner of 5516 Dauphine LLC, an affordable housing company working in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LA., and a Director of Charles Pratt and Co., LLC, a financial services company in New York City. Ms. Van Ingen holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. She is an Honorary Member of the New York State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Ms. Van Ingen has recently been awarded a President’s Medal from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a 2010 New York State Historic Preservation Award for Individual Achievement and a 2011 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for Public Leadership from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
President, Preservation Alumni, ex officio
Page Ayres Cowley
Dr. Abbott Cummings
Joan K. Davidson
Dr. David G. DeLong
Dr. Henry Glassie
William Barnabas McHenry
Rev. James Parks Morton
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Richard Blinder (1935-2006)
James Marston Fitch (1909-2000)
Cleo Rickman Fitch (1910-1995)
Sir Bernard Feilden, OBE (1919-2008)
Bruce Kelly (1948-1993)
Dorothy Miner (1936-2008)
Mildred Schmertz (1925-2018)
Robert Silman (1935-2018)
Cristiana Peña, Executive Director