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 five years and President of the Board for four. 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 lives with his family in historic Deutschtown.
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.
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.
Amy mostly grew up in the town of Arnold, PA and moved to the Brookline neighborhood of Pittsburgh when she got married in 1997. Interested in photography and architecture since childhood, she would sit with an art pad and draw floor plans of her friends' houses and design her own. But failing mathematics, she gave up a career in architecture and instead pursued real estate. She has been in that industry since 1999, while also earning a secretarial degree from Westmoreland County Community College in 1995.
A self-taught photographer who continues to learn and evolve through many different classes, workshops, and affiliations, she launched her own photography business, Pawsburgh Photography, in 2013. She started photographing dogs for her friend's rescue, Forever Home Beagle Rescue, in 2010 and it took off from there. Currently she also photographs properties for other real estate agents. Architecture and dogs are not typically thought of together, but they are her passions.
Amy is heavily involved in Brookline community groups, having served as secretary for both South Pittsburgh Development Corp. and the Brookline Chamber of Commerce for several years each. She was also the Book Project Manager for the Brookline, Images of America book project and today photographs for The Brookline neighborhood newsletter. She is a member of the New Kensington Camera Club, the New Kensington Arts Center, South Pittsburgh Development Corp., the Religious Architecture Heritage committee of Preservation Pittsburgh, and Northway Christian Community Dormont. She has been published in Cesar's Way Magazine (Cesar Milan), Phipps Grow, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation member newsletter, and Pet Connections Magazine. Amy crosses all bridges and maintains a crisp speed through all tunnels, photographs all over the city, sharing her work on her website, Facebook page, and Instagram. She has a passion for introducing Pittsburghers to the South Hills neighborhoods, as well as her one husband, two children, and three rescue dogs!
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.
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 experience 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 Administration 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.
Dana Cress joined Preservation Pittsburgh as a board member in March 2018. She works as an Architectural Historian at a local consulting firm, where she researches and writes about local built environment. Dana holds a M.A. in History from the University of Miami, where she focused her studies on cultural landscapes and environmental history. She believes that preservation provides a physical reminder of local heritage by protecting historic streetscapes and built environments while ensuring their continued use. Dana gained an appreciation for nineteenth century vernacular Rust Belt architecture through her two years of historic architecture survey work for an AmeriCorps program. In her spare time, Dana enjoys taking pictures of old buildings and exploring Pittsburgh and other historic cities. She resides in Mt. Washington with her husband and two cats.
Ashleigh Walton serves as an architect and urban designer as a project manager of one Urban Design Associates' design teams. She travels extensively on charrette with a mission to craft livable, traditional urban places and responsive architecture. As a former assistant to the Town Architect in Beachtown, Galveston, she honed the skills of design review, a skill that she uses often as a consultant on a local historic review board and riverfront overlay district, in addition to communities across the country. She is an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, the Pittsburgh Young Architects Forum, the Pittsburgh AIA Leadership Institute and the New Urban Guild, and finds joy mentoring students who have the aspiration of becoming architects and designers. She holds a graduate degree from Andrews University.
Education: B.S.(Arch), Summa Cum Laude, M.Arch., Andrews University
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.
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.
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.