Edward Kaufman - Visiting Associate Professor
Edward KaufmanVisiting Associate Professor
Grad Center for Planning
Higgins Hall North 1
Ned Kaufman is a free-lance consultant in heritage conservation who also writes and teaches. With a Yale Ph.D. in architectural history, he taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia, as well as curating the inaugural exhibition of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, before abandoning the academic lifestyle to become an overworked non-profit program officer.
From 1989 through 2000 he served as director of historic preservation for the Municipal Art Society of New York, where he participated in campaigns to save the African Burial Ground, protect modern masterpieces, block the construction of a bridge to Ellis Island, and protect the cityÂ’s Landmarks Preservation Commission from insults and injuries. So successful were his efforts that his office soon became known as the Department of Dying Buildings. Meanwhile, he also founded and co-directed Place Matters, a non-profit program dedicated to celebrating and protecting places of community significance.
In 2001, Dr. Kaufman launched an independent practice focusing on preservation planning, historical and policy research, and interpretive programming (www.kaufmanconservation.com). He also served as board chair of the Beczak Environmental Education Center in Yonkers and co-founded and co-directed Pratt InstituteÂ’s graduate program in historic preservation. He serves currently as director of research and training at Rafael ViÃ±oly Architects, a program he founded in 2004. His projects there include an initiative to construct and donate an experimental green roof on a public school campus in the South Bronx. From time to time, he has performed as an organist or pianist, most recently as one half of the Elysian Duo, which debuted at Merkin Concert Hall in New York before flashing out of existence. Dr. KaufmanÂ’s book on Theodore RooseveltÂ’s estate at Sagamore Hill is being web-published by the National Park Service; Routledge will print his next book, Place, Race, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation, in 2008.