President: Matthew W.C. Falcone
Matthew Falcone, Associate Dean of Faculty at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh's Online Division, has been a board member of Preservation Pittsburgh for three years and President of the Board for two. He holds degrees in Integrative Arts and History of Art from Penn State University and the University of York (UK) respectively. Matthew's historic preservation passion is primarily in stained glass and Victorian Era architecture. In his spare time, he enjoys conserving and restoring stained glass, traveling, and teaching art history. Matthew also serves as one of the city's Historic Review Commissioners, teaches historic preservation at the University of Pittsburgh, and lives with his family in historic Deutschtown.
Vice President: Susan Brandt
Susan Brandt, former Executive Director of Mt. Washington Community Development, has been a board member of Preservation Pittsburgh for two years. She believes Historic Preservation is key to neighborhood development and in her thirty years of experience, preservation has always been a passion.
Brandt developed funding plans for and organized historic preservation projects across the city and county including the Braddock Carnegie, the Calvary United Methodist Church and the Methodist church of Mt Washington. Susan currently resides downtown.
Treasurer: A. Reed Himes
Reed, Applications Development Manager and Director of Quality Assurance for the Video Systems Division at Compunetix, has recently been drafted by PP to serve as Treasure. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from University of Pennsylvania as well as a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Reed's professional experience includes designing controls and procedure for computer and accounting systems, as well as extensive expertise in tax preparation and audits.
Heir to a family that traces its lineage to before the Revolutionary War, Reed was raised understanding the importance of family and community history. His preservation passion is to restore older homes and to help prevent the loss of Pittsburgh’s beautiful older buildings.
Secretary: Cara Halderman
Cara has been on the Board of Directors for three years and has lived in Pittsburgh for five. She currently serves on the Pennsylvania State Historic Review Board and formerly worked as a community development specialist for the Community Technical Assistance Center. Through CTAC , Cara worked as the field supervisor for the city's inventory of Pittsburgh buildings and gained a thorough knowledge of Pittsburgh's built environment and historic structures. Cara has always loved historic architecture and studied Art History at St. Olaf College in Minnesota and then took additional classes in historic preservation from the University of Pittsburgh. After St. Olaf, she worked as a historian and tour guide for the historic plantation home Nottoway in White Castle, Louisiana. When not working on Preservation Pittsburgh projects, Cara works on restoring her 1890's home in the Perry Hilltop neighborhood with her husband. She is originally from Billings, Montana.
Justin P. Greenawalt
Justin joined the Board of Directors in January 2015, bringing his passion for research, architectural history, and southwestern Pennsylvania to Preservation Pittsburgh. Originally from Connellsville, Pennsylvania, he relocated to Pittsburgh in 2004 to pursue his B.A. in Architectural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue his M.S. in Historic Preservation at Columbia University, but the allure of the Steel City brought him back in 2010.
Justin is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (RS333181) with the Sewickley Office of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and previously worked with Franklin West, Inc., a family-owned property management company specializing in the adaptive reuse of historic homes in the East End. His particular areas of interest are the works of architect Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr., the architecture, history, and development of Pittsburgh’s East End, and Pittsburgh’s mid-20th century Urban Renewal movement. Justin also serves as president of the East Liberty Valley Historical Society.
L. Peter Floyd
Peter Floyd has been actively involved in historic architecture preservation since purchasing a prominent 1877 residence in Historic Sewickley Village in 1983. With locally salvaged material and careful sympathetic design, he and his wife Linda have added modern amenities to the historic home. He also has a long time interest in railroad structures and architecture, particularly rail stations, depots and terminals. His favorite Pittsburgh examples are Pennsylvania Union Station rotunda (former PRR,) and P&LERR Station.
Peter is a B.A.-degreed economist with a Masters in Public Administration and is a semi-retired project management consultant in the manufacture of passenger rail equipment. He first got involved with Preservation Pittsburgh during the effort to save a Pittsburgh icon, the Civic Arena. Shortly after joining the Board of Directors, he organized the successful effort to save from planned demolition the historic Little-Cooper-Coyle Mansion (the “Pink House”) in Sewickley.
His personal goal for Preservation Pittsburgh is firstly, the organization’s own preservation to continue its important advocacy for cultural historic architectural diversity. Then, educate current owners of historic architecture and developers that preservation with sympathetic reuse adds to the built environment’s artistic fabric for current and future generations to experience and appreciate.
Brian joined the Board of Directors in October, 2015. Brian grew up in the Allison Park area before moving to North Carolina for college. After earning a degree in history, Brian taught everything from Ancient and Modern to Middle Eastern History while working as a history teacher, coach and dorm parent at The Gunnery, a co-ed independent boarding/day school in Connecticut. About ten years ago Brian decided to pursue a law degree from the Pennsylvania State University Dickenson School of Law. After graduating and passing the bar in 2009, Brian returned to Pittsburgh. Since then, he has worked as a civil and criminal litigator in private practice and for a locally-based corporation. As a Pittsburgh native and lifetime history buff, Brian has always enjoyed learning about the rich and unique history and architecture of Western Pennsylvania. Brian's involvement with preservation began with his work as pro bono counsel for a group of preservation-minded individuals working to preserve, redevelop, and re-use the Albright United Methodist Church in the city's East End.
Joshua grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was instilled with a love of history and architecture. He studied Urban Planning and Historic Preservation at the University of Cincinnati, then proceeded to study Historic Preservation at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2005, Joshua moved to New York City where he worked for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, reviewing plans and writing permits for icons such as the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Met Life Building, and Rockefeller Center. As an amateur photographer, he can often be found photographing fallout signs or, not surprisingly, old buildings. Joshua moved to Pittsburgh in 2015 with his wife and two beagles.
James has practiced architecture in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. After running his own practice in New York City for 16 years, he and his family relocated to the Pittsburgh area. His experience includes work on The Getty Center, numerous apartments and houses and product design for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He holds a master of architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan.
Having gathered experienced in Chicago, New York, and through much travel, Brittany returned to her hometown of the one and only Pittsburgh in 2017, eager to continue supporting art, design, and architecture organizations and studios through her work as a project manager and creative producer. In facilitating ideas, Brittany's aim is to build awareness and engage diverse networks around cultural heritage and the contemporary practices that perpetuate it. Her local work includes development and special projects for the Frank House, a residence in Shadyside designed by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer in 1939-40, being preserved for future public access. She curates Design Nation, a project exploring modern forms of art, craftsmanship, and applied arts of the 20th century and their intersection with our built environment.
Brittany resides in Highland Park, deeply grateful for a view of our city's remarkably eclectic neighborhoods, which Preservation Pittsburgh is dedicated to protecting and celebrating. She joined the Board of Directors in June 2017 with particular interest in highlighting Modern architecture and design of Pittsburgh and the region.
Brittany received her M.A. in Visual Arts Adminsitration from NYU Steinhardt in 2013 and B.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, combining study of non-profit management with cultural theory and art, architecture, and design history.
Melissa McSwigan owns and manages rental properties in Oakland. Prior to this, she was Director of Development for The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, where she worked for 10 years from 1993-2003. She brings her experience with administration, development, and non-profit management to her role as a Preservation Pittsburgh board member.
Gretchen has been on Preservation Pittsburgh's Board of Directors since the organization's founding and is one of Pittsburgh's most experienced preservationists. Learn more about Gretchen's passion for Pittsburgh here.