Interviewer: 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.
staff often advise residents, property owners, businesses and neighborhood groups on how to safeguard historic properties and educate them about available resources.
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.
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.