Meet the Board

The Preservation Alumni Board consists of 12-20 members, who represent a wide span of class years. Preservation Alumni welcomes alumni to join the Board regardless of their geographic location. To learn more about joining the Board, email

Emily Barr, President
Matthew Coody, Vice President
Alexis Fischoff, Treasurer
Alex Corey
Alison LaFever
Rachel Levy
Julia Lewis
Kayla Loveman
Richard Lowry
Bill Morache
Kate Reggev
Barrett Reiter
Julie Rosen
Alan Tabachnick
Jennifer Whisenhunt

Emily Barr - President - is a 2014 graduate of Columbia's Historic Preservation program, but first joined the PA board as a student representative in 2012. Her thesis research examining the current terra cotta industry earned her the award for Outstanding Thesis in Conservation, Cleo and James Marston Fitch Thesis Grant, and a Dorothy Miner Thesis Travel Grant. Prior to attending Columbia, Emily received a BA in Urban Studies and Planning, with a minor in Law and Society, from the University of California, San Diego. She is interested in the restoration and stabilization of historic structures for continued or adaptive reuse. She is currently working for CTA Architects, where she is involved with preservation and restoration projects in the New York area. Class of 2014

Matthew Coody -Vice President is executive director of the New York Preservation Archive Project and is a co-founder of Preservation Greenpoint, a not-for-profit organization that works to protect the historic architecture and character of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He has devoted time 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. In addition to serving as vice president of Preservation Alumni, he is on the Board of Directors of the Historic Districts Council. Coody is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Class of 2009

Alex Corey is a heritage planner at the City of Toronto where he manages the study and implementation of heritage conservation districts across the city. He also assists with heritage outreach and engagement initiatives, working with community organizations and stakeholders in identifying and conserving local heritage resources. He began his career at a heritage architecture firm in Toronto, where he worked on a range of rehabilitation and heritage planning projects. Class of 2015.

Alison LaFever graduated from Columbia's Historic Preservation program in 2012 and joined the PA Board in 2015. She currently works as a member of the technical staff at Walter B. Melvin Architects, LLC, a historic restoration and preservation firm in New York City. She has a BA in History with minors in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Washington. Prior to attending Columbia, Alison worked for a cultural resources management firm in Seattle, where she worked on an extensive survey and inventory of downtown Seattle and assisted in completing ten Seattle Landmark Nomination Reports. She also worked at High Plains Architects in her hometown of Billings, Montana, as a Historic Preservation Specialist, writing National Register of Historic Places nominations and working on Certified Historic Tax Credit Rehabilitation projectsClass of 2012

Rachel Levy is a graduate of Columbia's dual Master's program in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning and joined the PA Board in 2015. Her thesis examined the ways that contextual zoning has been used as a preservation planing strategy in New York City, and contributed to the collective understanding of available tools for preservation advocacy. With prior experience at the Municipal Art Society, Park Slope Civic Council, and Landmark West!, Rachel is currently the Executive Director of FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. She received her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. Class of 2015

Julia Lewis 
joined the PA Board in 2015. She is the Director of Business Development at PAU (Practice for Architecture and Urbanism). Julia is currently engaged in projects ranging from building- to city-scale for public, private, and non-profit clients and uses her diverse background in architecture, real estate development, and historic preservation to approach challenges and propose solutions within the built environment in a comprehensive manner. Prior to joining PAU, she was part of the Cities Group at BuroHappold Engineering. Julia received her Master of Real Estate Development and Master of Historic Preservation from Columbia University and her BA in Architecture from Clemson University. She focused her studies on international approaches to city planning, development, and adaptive reuse; attending the Universitat Politechnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and Columbia’s alternative studio locations in Tokyo, Japan, Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Alongside her work at PAU, she is an Adjunct Associate research scholar at Columbia University, where she continues to carry out archival research in the Seymour Durst collection from her time as a student. Class of 2014

Kayla Loveman
Secretary - graduated from Columbia's Historic Preservation program in 2012. She is a conservator and project manager at Kamen Tall Architects in New York City, where she specializes in exterior restorations and forensic investigations. Kayla conducted her thesis research on the deteriorated wallpaper at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, for which she was selected as an APT student scholar in 2012. Class of 2012.

Richard Lowry graduated from Columbia University's Historic Preservation program in 2013, and joined the PA board in 2016. Concentrating on materials conservation at Columbia, he wrote his thesis on the historic concrete at Fort Totten, New York. Richard is a Chartered Field Archaeologist with a BA(Hons) in Bronze Age and classical archaeology from the University of Bristol, and a MA in Anglo-Saxon archaeology from the University of York in the UK. Richard is from Bermuda and was the Heritage Officer for the Bermuda Government, responsible for the island’s Listed Buildings, Historic Protection Areas and its World Heritage Site. In 2016 he moved back to New York to be closer to his family. Richard currently works for Kaese & Lynch Architecture and Engineering LLP in New York. Class of 2013.

Bill Morache graduated from Columbia's Historic Preservation program in 2014. At graduation, Bill was awarded the Historic Preservation Peer-to-Peer Award for outstanding service to classmates, faculty, and school. Before attending Columbia, Bill earned a B.A. in History from the University of Vermont. Since September 2014, Bill has worked at AJLP Consulting/Surface Design Group, a facade consulting firm, performing inspections and preparing construction documents for restoration projects in New York City. Bill joined the Board of Preservation Alumni in April 2015. Class of 2014

Kate Reggev is a 2015 of Columbia's dual Master's program in Historic Preservation and Architecture and joined the board in the summer of 2015. While at GSAPP, Kate was the managing editor of Future Anterior and had the opportunity to travel to Brazil, Mexico, Norway, and Ireland. Her thesis theorized contemporary preservation design, earning her the GSAPP Writing Prize at graduation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from Barnard College and currently works as a junior architect at s9 Architecture. Class of 2015

Barrett Reiter is a Landmarks Preservationist in the Research Department at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. She graduated from Columbia's Historic Preservation Program in 2016 and joined the PA Board in August of 2016. While at Columbia, Barrett served her cohort and the program as an organizer of InQuiryHP, the student run lecture series, and received the Peer-to-Peer award at graduation from her classmates. Class of 2016

Julie Rosen is a project manager at Kamen Tall Architects in New York City, where she oversees the planning, design and construction of exterior restoration and rehabilitation projects. She is a 2012 graduate of Columbia’s Historic Preservation program, where she received an Outstanding Thesis Award for her research on “Early Twentieth Century Face Brick as a National Industry.” She has continued her research on face brick and has guest lectured on the topic at Columbia University. Julie has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Spanish Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Class of 2012

Alan Tabachnick is National Director of Cultural Resources in the Transportation unit of AECOM, an international infrastructure and environmental consulting firm.  He has over 27 years of national environmental and cultural resource expertise, working on projects across the United States. In the New York area, Alan has recently worked on such diverse projects as the Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement, Henry Hudson Parkway Resigning Project, the MTA-LIRR New 2nd Track Project in Suffolk County, and the LaGuardia Airport Modernization Project. Alan lives in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania (outside of Philadelphia), and also serves on the local Historic Architectural Review Board.  Alan received his undergraduate degree is in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.  Class of 1986

Jennnifer Whisenhunt  graduated from Columbia's Historic Preservation program in 2013 and joined the PA Board in 2015. During her time at Columbia Jennifer served as a contributing editor for the Docomomo International Specialist Committee on Education & Theory and was selected as the Adolf Placzek Fellow for the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Jennifer’s master’s thesis on the post-World War II reconstruction and preservation of various churches in England was awarded Best Thesis in the Theory and Interpretation of Preservation. Prior to Columbia, Jennifer studied architecture at Texas A&M University where she worked as a research assistant for the school’s Center for Heritage Conservation. She is currently a junior preservation architect at PBDW Architects in New York. Class of 2013

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