2019 National Preservation Awards Jury Announced

September 6, 2019

Each year, an independent jury of national and international thought leaders from many disciplines selects the recipients of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards. The jury members look for historic preservation projects of all sizes and scale that involve innovative approaches, inclusive community outreach, demonstrative economic impact, and comprehensive preservation plans and programs that can serve as inspiration to others in the field. The jury convenes to confer on finalists’ attributes and agree upon three award recipients that represent the “best of the best” in preservation projects.

The 2019 jury includes these four distinguished jurors:

Lucas Grindley

Lucas Grindley
Executive Director, Next City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lucas Grindley is executive director for Next City, a nonprofit journalism organization that reports on solutions to the problems facing our cities. Since 2003, Next City has used the power of journalism to amplify change that results in greater economic, social, and environmental justice in cities.

Grindley is the former President of Pride Media and oversaw leading LGBTQ brands Out magazine, The Advocate, PRIDE, Out Traveler, Chill magazine, and Plus magazine. Grindley was also editor in chief of The Advocate, the longest running LGBTQ magazine in the country.

In both 2016 and 2018, NLGJA named Grindley as “LGBT Journalist of the Year" with its Sarah Pettit Memorial Award. Grindley is the former managing editor for online at National Journal magazine, covering politics and policy making.

His work has won three national Sigma Delta Chi reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grindley now lives in Philadelphia with his husband and twin daughters. He also serves on the board of directors for Extraordinary Families, a nonprofit helping create more families like his through foster-adoption.

Jorge Otero-Pailos

Jorge Otero-Pailos
Artist, and Director and Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, New York, New York

Jorge Otero-Pailos is a New York-based artist and architect best known for making monumental casts of historically charged buildings. He is Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture in New York. Drawing from his formal training in architecture and preservation, Otero-Pailos’ art practice deals with memory, culture, and transitions, and invites the viewer to consider buildings as powerful agents of change.

His site-specific series, The Ethics of Dust, is an ongoing, decade-long investigation resulting from cleaning dust and the residue of pollution from monuments such as the Doge’s Palace in Venice; Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament, London; the U.S. Old Mint in San Francisco; and Trajan’s Column at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Otero-Pailos also explores re-enactment as an artistic practice, by recreating historical odors (Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT), performing past events (Harold Egerton Bullet through Apple experiment ; M.I.T. Museum, Cambridge), or by capturing the intangible transfer of dance knowledge by modern dance master Merce Cunningham, using light, sound, and space (Répétiteur, City Center for Performing Arts, New York).

Otero-Pailos’ works are to be found in the collections of SFMoMA, The British Museum, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna. He participated in the 53rd Venice Art Biennial (2009), and the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2017), among others.

He is the founder of the journal Future Anterior, co-editor of Experimental Preservation (2016), author of Architecture’s Historical Turn (2010) and contributor to scholarly journals and books including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and Rem Koolhaas’ Preservation Is Overtaking Us (2014).

Otero-Pailos is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico, the Academy of Science and Culture of Ibero-America, and has received awards from major art, architecture and preservation organizations including the UNESCO, the American Institute of Architects, the Kress Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the Fitch Foundation, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.

Jorge Otero-Pailos studied architecture at Cornell University and earned a doctorate in architecture at MIT. He is a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.

Julianne Polanco

Julianne Polanco
State Historic Preservation Officer, California Office of Historic Preservation, Sacramento, California

Julianne Polanco was appointed California’s State Historic Preservation Officer in July of 2015. She served as a Commissioner and Chair of the California State Historical Resources Commission from 2005 to 2015.

Ms. Polanco was the Director of Cultural Resources for Lend Lease Americas from 2006 to 2015. She was the Acting Federal Preservation Officer and Senior Preservation Specialist at the Presidio Trust from 1999 to 2006 and Assistant to the Vice President for programs at the World Monuments Fund from 1998 to 1999.

Her professional work also included serving as Advisor to the Chairman of California Integrated Waste Management Board and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. During her tenure at the California Department of Conservation, she held various staff positions in the Director’s Office, Division of Recycling and Division of Mines and Geology. Ms. Polanco was a district staff member for Congressman Robert T. Matsui, specializing in labor, health care, the military, veterans’ affairs and the environment.

Ms. Polanco earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science/International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

John H. Sprinkle, Jr.

John H. Sprinkle, Jr., Ph.D.
Bureau Historian, National Park Service, Washington, DC

After a decade of experience as a private sector historic preservation consultant, John Sprinkle joined the National Park Service in 1998, where he has worked in the National Historic Landmarks Survey, the Federal Preservation Institute, and now serves as the agency’s Bureau Historian.

Dr. Sprinkle holds a Ph.D. in American history from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland.

His 2014 book, Crafting Preservation Criteria: the National Register of Historic Places and American Historic Preservation, was followed last year by Saving Spaces: Historic Land Conservation in the United States.

He received the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Pocantico Fellowship for 2018 in support of his forthcoming volume: Enhancing the Presence of the Past: the Civil Rights Movement and American Historic Preservation.

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