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This profile was last updated on 11/6/14  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.
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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • joint degree , Historic Preservation and Urban Planning
    Columbia University
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2 Columbus Circle | The New York Preservation Archive Project, 6 Nov 2014 [cached]
Kate Wood, Executive Director of LANDMARK WEST!, a leader and close inside observer of the campaign constructed a timeline for significant events associated with the building and the campaign to save it.
Victorian Society in America: Metropolitan Chapter: Newsletter, 4 May 2014 [cached]
Kate Wood (02-08)
New York Preservation Archive Project :: NYPAP Public Programs, 21 Feb 2010 [cached]
Kate Wood
Interviewer: Kate Wood
Kate Wood
Whether testifying before the Landmarks Preservation Committee, arguing a case in front of the City Planning Commission, rallying in front of an endangered building, or sitting in a crowded courtroom, Kate Wood has "emerged" as a preservation advocate.
As Executive Director of Landmark West!, Ms. Wood protects the architectural heritage of Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood - a neighborhood which today, in large part due to LW's efforts, has over 2,600 landmark buildings.
Ms. Wood and her staff often advise residents, property owners, businesses and neighborhood groups on how to safeguard historic properties and educate them about available resources. She also works closely with the Landmark West! Committee of Appropriateness to ensure that adverse changes are not made to the neighborhood's architectural resources.
The effectiveness of Ms. Wood's voice impacts historic districts, individual landmarks, and other architectural treasures outside the boundaries of the Upper West Side. She fights to ensure that dangerous precedents are not set that could jeopardize the historic fabric of all areas of the city, such as allowing an oversized tower to be built on a midblock, and has worked to regulate the installation of public pay telephones.
Before coming to LW!, Ms. Wood served as the co-chair of the Save the Coogan! Coalition in the Midtown South area of Manhattan and, in recognition of this work, received a Grassroots Preservation Award from the Historic Districts Council. She is a member of the board of the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America and also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Historic Districts Council.
Ms. Wood is a graduate of Columbia University's Historic Preservation and Urban Planning programs.
Speaker Bios - The 2011 Fitch Forum, 18 Oct 2014 [cached]
Kate Wood, Moderator
Kate Wood has a joint degree in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning from Columbia University. She leads efforts to protect the architectural heritage of Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood as Executive Director of LANDMARKWEST! since 2001.
This and two other advocacy campaigns led by Kate won Grassroots Preservation Awards from the Historic Districts Council.
Kate spearheaded LW's recent study of the Central Park West skyline, which identifies sites where existing regulations create potential for inappropriate development and recommends fresh planning strategies to encourage preservation. In December 2010, LW! launched New York's first iPhone app walking tour of the Upper West Side, featuring Central Park West and environs. Kate is a founding member of the Citizens Emergency Committee to Preserve Preservation, working on key reforms to New York's landmarks preservation process. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Historic Districts Council and teaches in Columbia's Historic Preservation program.
This year's award recipients are Lucia ..., 4 Dec 2013 [cached]
This year's award recipients are Lucia Alexeyev, the 4th grade advocate who attempted to save her beloved "Playground 89" - the controversial park currently undergoing plans by the Parks Department to make it less dangerous; Cynthia Copeland, an education curator and president of the Institution for the Exploration of Seneca Village - a project meant to explore and preserve the 19th-century village found in Central Park; Richard Emery, the co-founder of the West End Preservation Society; Michael Gotkin, a landscape architect and preservation advocate who led the charge against razing the ox mural outside the former Victor's Café, and Kate Wood, the former director of Landmark West.
Kate Wood, former director of Landmark West!
Kate Wood, photo by Henrik Olund
Kate Wood, photo by Henrik Olund
Wood has been interested in preservation almost her whole life, from her interest in old houses when she was a teenager, to teaching preservation at Columbia University. And from 2001 to 2012 she led Landmark West as the executive director, a force for good in an era that she describes as being hostile toward preservation.
"You have to speak up," said Wood. "If there aren't watchdog people like Landmark West on the Upper West Side, New York City would be a very different place to live in."
Today Wood is a board member of Landmark West and takes more of a backseat role in the organization than during her years as executive director. Some of the organization's biggest accomplishments during her tenure include saving West Park Presbyterian Church in 2010 and designating the Riverside historic district.
"The unsung hero awards are Landmark West's way of pointing out the people who care about their community," said Wood.
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