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Thu 03.06.2014

West Point Foundry Preserve: History Revealed and Interpreted


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, MARCH 6

Where: Offsite Committee Events   

Trespa Design Centre | 62 Greene St, NY, NY 10012

Kim Mathews, ASLA and principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, will lead a presentation and panel discussion about the firm’s new interpretive park at West Point Foundry Preserve. Located on the Hudson River on a dramatic, 87-acre forested site in the Village of Cold Spring, the preserve is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and owned by Scenic Hudson, Inc. It is a model example of sustainable development on a sensitive industrial archeological site. Interpretative aspects of the park include a unique mobile phone foundry tour, complemented by extensive physical displays that educate visitors about the site’s rich past and the renewal of its marsh and abundant wildlife. Kim’s discussion with her firm’s key project partners will reveal the archeological research, preservation, stabilization, and interpretative strategies that allowed Mathews Nielsen to create this seminal park and outdoor museum experience.

Kim Mathews, ASLA, Principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Rita D. Shaheen, ASLA, Director of Parks, Scenic Hudson, Inc.
Keith Helmetag, Principal of C&G Partners
Judith Saltzman, Principal of Li/Saltzman Architects

Speaker Bios:

Kim Mathews, RLA, is a founding principal of Mathews Nielsen, a 25-person design studio in New York City. The firm’s award-winning portfolio reflects her ability to achieve consensus on the most complex design issues and guide others to outcomes that are sustainable, practical and inspiring. She is the recipient of over twenty individual design awards and is past-President of the NYS Council of Landscape Architects. Kim lectures frequently on environmental design, most recently speaking at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC as part of their Smart Growth series. Her keen interest in cultural and historic landscapes combined with her commitment to sustainable design is embodied in her firm’s work at West Point Foundry Preserve, a National Register property. Kim has been practicing as a landscape architect and planner since 1983. She holds a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rita Shaheen is the director of parks for Scenic Hudson, the largest environmental organization and land trust working to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors. Scenic Hudson has conserved more than 30,000 acres of land and created or enhanced more than 60 parks, preserves and historic sites. Rita Shaheen joined Scenic Hudson in 1996 and became its first director of parks in 2007, where she has been responsible for the planning, design and construction of more than 15 parks. At West Point Foundry Preserve, she oversaw historical and archeological research, and the planning of public access and interpretive design. She was responsible for securing the listing of the 100-acre West Point Foundry Archeological Area on the National Register of Historic Places and obtaining a Preserve America grant and several state historical preservation and parks grants. She also leads Scenic Hudson’s efforts to make its parks national models of sustainable design and management. Ms. Shaheen holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.

Keith Helmetag is a founding principal of C&G Partners, a NYC-based multi-specialist communications graphics firm. Keith is currently designing signs, exhibits, media and branded places for the new American Embassy in London (KIeranTimberlake); the Stavros Niarchos Foundation's National Opera & Library of Greece (Renzo Paino Building Workshop); Sanford Homestake Neutrino Detection Research Visitor Center; 9/11 Memorial; Baltimore and Wadsworth Museums of Art. His work be seen in NYC at Yankee Stadium, Hearst and Bank of America Headquarters as well as Brooklyn and New York Botanic(al) Gardens. C&G Partners were Finalists for the Smithsonian National Design program in Communications Graphics and have been award winners from Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, American Institute of Architects, Webby and American Institute of Graphic Artists to name a few. Keith is on his alma mater, University of California/ Berkeley's College of Environmental Design's Advisory Council and planning an upcoming lecture/ studio class on Communications Graphics + Architecture.

Judith Saltzman is a founding principal of Li/Saltzman Architects, an architectural firm specializing in the preservation, restoration, and adaptive use of historic properties. With more than 30 years of experience as an architect and preservationist, Ms. Saltzman's projects range from the Tenement Museum to High Bridge. She is a LEED accredited professional with a strong interest in the confluence of preservation and sustainability. Ms. Saltzman has worked on archeological excavations in Tunisia, Mexico, Italy, Poland and New York; and participated in architectural and conservation programs in Cuba, Japan, France, Spain, Scotland, and Turkey. Ms. Saltzman serves as co-chair of the Preservation Committee of the Municipal Arts Society.

Reception: 6-6:30pm

Price: $5 for AIA members; $10 for non-members

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Sponsored by: AIANY Historic Buildings Committee

 Co-Sponsored by: ASLANY


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