Stacy Albanese joined BCA’s New York office in 1995. From 1995 to 2004, Stacy was a Conservator and Project Manager. After taking a hiatus to raise her children, Stacy returned to BCA as a Project Executive in 2016 with a focus on project oversight, client relations, and business development. During her hiatus from BCA, Stacy served as President of the Board of Directors of the Bedford Historical Society, in Bedford, New York. Stacy was recently appointed to the Bedford Village Historic District Review Commission, established in 1972 to protect and perpetuate the historic character within the Bedford Village Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Until recently Stacy was a Trustee of the Mianus River Gorge, a 1,100-acre nature preserve in Bedford designated in 1964 as the first National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service for its old growth hemlock forest. She is the Senior Warden of St. Mary’s Church in Bedford, a historic rural church constructed by farmers in 1853.
Stacy received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Art History from Wellesley College, spending her junior year abroad completing coursework at Mansfield College, Oxford University. For four years after graduating from Wellesley, Stacy worked for Ralph Lauren in Creative Services in New York City and San Francisco. She received her M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Historic Preservation.
Ilana Amselem joined BCA in 2022 as a Marketing Assistant. In the last year, Ilana has been the point person in helping develop BCA’s Website, gathering the information for BCA's projects and communicated with BCA staff to keep the project on schedule. Ilana also assists in the preparation of proposals creating marketing collateral. Ilana also provides support to technical staff in report production and other BCA deliverables.
Ilana grew up moving throughout Europe with her parents and two sisters. In this experience, not only did she learn to speak French fluently, but she learned to appreciate historic architecture. Ilana attended George Washington University in Washington D.C., majoring in American Studies. Taking special interest in cultural movements throughout history. In her senior year, Ilana presented her thesis on the role of Social Media in spreading COVID-19 mask-wearing information. At GW, Ilana fell in love with Radio and hosted her own radio talk show for all four years of college. Outside of work, Ilana loves crafts, she knits and embroiders, and is just happy to walk around the city and take in the New York City sites with friends.
Beth Romizer Bailly is the Chief Operating Officer for BCA. As a part of the senior executive team, Beth oversees operations across the company and provides client relationship support. In addition to day-to-day operations, Beth is responsible for creating and integrating custom built software solutions for the restoration and maintenance of buildings working alongside BCA's staff of architects and conservators to customize these tools. A strong proponent of sustainability, Beth recognizes preventative maintenance's role in the preservation of heritage buildings and the importance of extending these resources for the next generation.
Beth studied Art History at Beloit College. She is a born and bred New Yorker and has always had an affinity for existing buildings. When she started at BCA it was a full circle moment when she realized a personal connection to one of the company’s projects, the rehabilitation of Rockefeller Center. Beth’s grandfather worked there in various roles while it was being built and later became Vice President of Operations of Rockefeller Center Inc. from 1953 until the early 1960s. Beth is most proud of the fact that he got the position through her grandmother who was secretary to John R. Todd of Todd, Robertson, Todd, the developers of Rockefeller Center.
Michele Boyd joined BCA's New York office in 2002 and is now the Director of Preservation Services for the firm. In this role she serves as a mentor and technical guide to staff in all things preservation. Michele’s areas of expertise are archival research, architectural history, and historic preservation planning. Her work involves collaborating with architects, building owners, developers, and government agencies on the preservation and treatment of historic buildings, objects, structures, and sites. Michele has extensive experience with architectural histories, significance studies, and restoration design review for compliance with preservation regulations. A key part of her role is helping clients successfully navigate historic preservation regulations at the local, state, and federal levels. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies in historic preservation, Michele was a Human Resources communications specialist.
Michele received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Lehigh University and her M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Kathryn Brown joined BCA’s Philadelphia office in 2019 as a Senior Architectural Conservator. Kathryn has expertise in historic preservation, architectural conservation, and construction, with a specialization in masonry. Her responsibilities include project management, archival research, site recording, field investigations, laboratory analysis, development of treatment recommendations, preparation of construction documents, and construction administration.
Kathryn's graduate thesis at the University of Pennsylvania focused on the assessment and evaluation of consolidation methods on serpentine stone. Her master's thesis earned her the Charles E. Peterson Award for outstanding work in the specialized study of historic building technology. She is also a two-time recipient of The Peterson Prize from The Carpenter's Company of the City and County of Philadelphia.
Kathryn is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Preservation Technology’s Delaware Valley Chapter and is an Associate Member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. She also serves on the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Philadelphia Chapter’s Education Committee and Trumbauer Awards Committee.
Laura Buchner has been an Architectural Conservator at the New York office of BCA since 2005. In her role as Senior Conservator, Laura provides project management with a particular focus on concrete and stone masonry, faceted stained glass, and Guastavino Tile.
Laura is passionate about the conservation of dalle de verre, a form of modern stained glass developed in France during the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 2018, she received a fellowship from the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation to study approximately 50 installations of dalle de verre in North America and 30 in Europe. As a result of that study, she is writing a book about the history, fabrication, and preservation of dalle de verre with the support of the 2022 FAIC Samuel H. Kress Conservation Publication Fellowship.
Colleen Chapin joined BCA in 2017 with over a decade of experience in historic preservation, working at the region’s oldest and largest non-profit preservation organization, Historic New England (formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, SPNEA), and over fifteen years of experience in information technology in the biotech sector. She has expertise in complex project management, property management, and hands-on preservation implementation. In addition to a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Massachusetts, Colleen completed the Preservation Carpentry program at North Bennet Street School in Boston. Having worked as a preservation carpenter, she also has experience in evaluating and repairing historic building fabric using both traditional and modern techniques.
William Foulks, Senior Technical Advisor, joined BCA in 1998 bringing extensive experience in project design and project management to the firm. He was the editor and a contributor of material on investigation and analysis of building façades and masonry conservation and restoration for Historic Building Façades: The Manual for Maintenance and Rehabilitation, published in 1997 by Preservation Press, John Wiley & Sons, and was coeditor of Preserving the Recent Past II, published in 2000 by the Historic Preservation Education Foundation and the National Park Service. From 1975 to 1983, he was an assistant professor of architecture at Columbia University, teaching courses on "The Classical Language and Literature of Architecture" and "History of American Building Technology." From 1999 to 2008, he was an adjunct faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute teaching "Building Conservation 1" on the conservation of traditional building materials and "Building Conservation 2" on the conservation of twentieth-century building materials.
Mr. Foulks received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University's Department of Art History and Archaeology.
Kat Gardner is an architectural conservator with the New York office since 2016, primarily engaged in field investigations, conditions assessments, materials testing, and the preparation of construction documents for the preservation and adaptive re-use of historic structures. Kat also contributes to the development of mwSpaces, a proprietary building maintenance software that facilitates scheduling and tracking of maintenance tasks for effective building stewardship developed by BCA.
Brought up in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey, a background in environmental conservation has driven their advocacy of sustainable preservation, adaptation, and innovation. Kat's undergraduate thesis research in the study of embodied energy and graduate study at Columbia University's Historic Preservation program helped define their focus on the application of sustainable materials and technology in the built environment.
Christopher J. Gembinski
Christopher J. Gembinski joined BCA in 1998 as a Conservator in the New York office and is now the Director of Technical Services for the firm. Chris provides technical oversight and quality control for all BCA design projects. Chris is a graduate of the Historic Preservation program of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
His investigative work on hundreds of properties brings a depth of experience with all facets of architectural materials conservation and historic building restoration, including laboratory analysis, preservation design, and construction management, and ensures that he can provide innovative solutions to historic preservation challenges.
Chris taught graduate students in the historic preservation program at Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he lectured on architectural materials, historic building systems and conservation-related studio issues.
John Glavan is a senior staff member at BCA. During his 18 years with the firm, his technical conservation responsibilities have included the execution and oversight of multiple existing building investigations and conditions assessments, the development and execution of innovative conservation treatment designs, the preparation of construction documents, as well as construction administration and field monitoring. He is well versed in local, state, and federal landmarks regulations and has extensive experience performing archival research and analysis for preservation-related issues involving historic buildings and sites.
As a Kress Fellow prior to joining BCA, John designed and tested an innovative pinning repair system to address fracturing carved brownstone details on the exterior of the 1860 Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine.
John holds an M.S. in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rimvydas Danius Glinskis, Senior Associate, joined BCA in 1997. Danius brings 20 years of experience investigating and documenting buildings throughout the United States and Lithuania. He specializes in the documentation of historic buildings and is an expert in the integration of the Microsoft Access database program and AutoCad, enabling the documentation of a variety of complex restoration projects. Danius' meticulous drafting has been an integral part in making BCA known for clear and accurate documentation for hundreds of sensitive restorations.
Danius studied Architecture at the Vilnius Institute of Engineering and Construction.
Marlene Goeke joined BCA in 2008 and is a Senior Architectural Conservator in BCA’s Philadelphia office. She has expertise in both historic preservation and architectural conservation, and is responsible for quality control of all of the technical documents produced by the Philadelphia office. Marlene's responsibilities on projects include archival research, field investigations, laboratory analysis, development of treatment recommendations, preparation of construction documents, construction monitoring, report writing, and technical review.
After completing her Master’s degree, Marlene earned an Advanced Certificate in Architectural Conservation at the University of Pennsylvania for her work at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, where she assessed the condition of an 1880s plaster ceiling and studied the use of a method for reattaching loose plaster, a project funded by the Getty Foundation. Marlene’s interest in preservation was sparked by working as a Conservation Technician at the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, where she assisted in the hands-on conservation of wood and masonry structures in Philadelphia, and as a Field Crew Intern at the New York City Parks Department, where she assisted in the conservation of metal and masonry sculptures in New York City parks.
Lisa Harrington joined BCA in 2001 with a background in architecture, early New England building practices and community preservation. Lisa’s focus is building conditions assessments, construction document and specification preparation, project supervision during construction and historical research. She specializes in building material restoration with proficiency in masonry materials.
Lisa also has experience writing nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, developing design guidelines for historic districts, and served on the Belmont Historic District Commission for nearly 20 years as a member, co-chair, and Chairperson and also served on the Belmont Community Preservation Committee.
Lisa holds a master’s degree from Boston University in Preservation Studies, attended Boston Architectural College as a B.S. in architecture candidate, and has a B.S. in Environmental Design from Syracuse University.
Lisa J. Howe
Lisa Howe is the director of BCA’s New England branch located in Newton, Massachusetts since 2015. In addition to managing the branch, Lisa also provides leadership on the projects in the office. Lisa has over 35 years of experience documenting the condition of historic building materials, developing treatments for their repair and conservation, preparing construction documents for the implementation of these treatments, and providing project monitoring during the repair and conservation work. Lisa’s work focuses on the seamless integration of design, preservation, and sustainability of iconic buildings.
Lisa’s extensive experience in construction and restoration consists of both professional and hands-on skills. Past roles include working in all aspects of the profession as a Director of Preservation at a 600-person construction company, a Principal at Goody Clancy, an architecture firm in Boston, Project Manager at Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Clerk of the Works for Cambridge Housing Authority, and starting her career as a mason. Lisa received her historic preservation degree from Roger Williams University, a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland, and training in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainable Development in Sweden.
Preston Hull has been an Architectural Conservator at the Philadelphia office since 2016. He specializes in research in all forms-particularly in synthesizing field investigations and "building archaeology" with archival research and has prepared multiple Historic Structure Reports.
A native of Gettysburg, Preston has a strong interest in preserving the built history of the Mid-Atlantic, with a particular focus on vernacular architecture and industrial sites. He is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Preservation Technology's Delaware Valley Chapter (APT-DVC), and an instructor in the Historic Preservation program at Bucks County Community College.
Preston holds a master of science in historic preservation. His thesis work delved into the industrial history of the Lehigh Valley, tracing the technological evolution and later deterioration of a complex of 19th-century cement kilns in Coplay, Pennsylvania.
Dorothy S. Krotzer is currently the Director of BCA's Philadelphia office also known as BCA South. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, Dorothy has worked for the past twenty years on a broad range of conservation projects throughout the United States with pronounced experience in the Southeastern part of the country. She has been involved with every aspect of building restoration— from conditions assessments to the development of construction documents to the creation of Historic Preservation Master Plans for large, complex historic sites. Dorothy is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and has published several papers.
Dorothy recently served as a faculty member in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, where she taught courses on Professional Practice and Preservation Design. She is an ex-officio board member of the Association for Preservation Technology Delaware Valley Chapter (APT DVC) and is the former chair of the Architecture Specialty Group of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). Her other professional affiliations include the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI), AIC, Docomomo and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.
Laura Lacombe joined BCA in 2021 with a background in architectural conservation and archaeology. She specializes in historic paint analysis, condition assessments of historic buildings, and historic research of all kinds.
Prior to joining BCA, she worked for the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. At the museum, Laura focused on 3D modeling and mapping, environmental monitoring, and sustainable preservation practices. She created a conservation plan for the archaeological site beneath the Maya Acropolis of Copan, in Western Honduras. She has also consulted for many years in the conservation of genocide memorials in Rwanda, developing conservation training programs for local site managers for seven memorials across the country and conservation plans for two of the country’s most noteworthy memorials.
Laura is on the Board of Young Advisors for the Boston Preservation Alliance and spends her free time planning educational events focusing on Boston’s history, people and places. She holds a Master's of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Wei (Melissa) Luo-Hita
Wei Luo-Hita joined BCA in 2019 as an Architectural Conservator. Wei is responsible for archival research, conditions assessments, laboratory analysis, treatment testing, finishes analysis, development of treatment recommendations, creation of construction drawings and specifications, and architectural photography.
Wei grew up in Los Angeles and has a background in fine arts with special interests in ceramics and stained glass. After college, she spent some years living in Taiwan and Japan. Prior to joining BCA, Wei analyzed non-in-kind stone repair methods through testing and case studies for her graduate thesis at the University of Pennsylvania. She performed ASTM Standard testing including accelerated weathering, spectrophotometric analysis, and water vapor transmission. Wei is practiced in mortar and paint color simulation, composite repair application, and masonry cleaning.
Wei has an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Erica Morasset directs the Detroit office of Building Conservation Associates, Inc. She holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and has been a key member of BCA’s Architectural Conservation staff since 2008. Erica brings a broad range of conservation and preservation expertise having worked at BCA’s headquarters in New York City for 12 years.
Erica’s responsibilities include project management, field investigations, materials testing, finishes analysis, photographic documentation, preparation of construction documents, construction monitoring, and report writing. Her expertise includes the assessment of implementation of programs for architectural woodwork, ornamental metals, plaster, and stone surfaces.
Erica is actively involved in the preservation community and is a member of a number of professional organizations locally and nationally. She is currently the president of the Eastern Great Lakes Chapter of APT.
Raymond Pepi founded Building Conservation Associates in September of 1985 to provide historic preservation and materials conservation services for the documentation, analysis, repair, and maintenance of historic buildings, monuments, and works of art. It is one of the oldest and most experienced firms in the United States specializing architectural materials conservation and preservation planning.
Ray is a widely respected expert in the conservation and regulation of historic buildings, and has contributed his knowledge and expertise to the field as a lecturer in Architectural Materials Testing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Building Conservation graduate studies program and New York University’s Real Estate Institute. Ray publishes and speaks on a wide variety of conservation topics, including masonry cleaning, sandstone repair, terra cotta, stone restoration, bronze and stone statue restoration, cast iron, and digital tools for project management and building maintenance. He is the Chair of the American Friends of the Old Royal Naval College, part of a World Heritage Site, in Greenwich, London; and serves on the board of the Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School in New York, NY.
Will Pepi is a Research Associate at BCA specializing in the intersection of historic preservation and building sustainability. Will holds a Masters in Architectural Science and is a doctoral candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developing a novel methodology for co-simulation of building energy and indoor air quality and is advancing techniques for botanical biofiltration via physical prototyping and experimentation. Will has been working at BCA since 2015, first as an intern, where he aided in the buildout and marketing of mwSpaces, a BCA software to monitor and maintain heritage buildings and works of art. Will now uses his experience producing energy, embodied carbon, daylight, and water use models on many of BCA’s projects.
Nathaniel Schlundt, AIA
Nathaniel Schundt, AIA has been a Conservator in the New York office since 2019. He is a registered Architect with over ten years of experience bridging a variety of disciplines, including architectural design, preservation planning, conservation, and archaeological documentation.
He has worked on a wide range of projects at various scales, from the documentation and assessment of architectural monuments to the development of site-wide preservation master plans.
Nathaniel was trained at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned both a Master’s of Architecture and a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation.
Before joining BCA, Nathaniel worked in private architectural practices in New York City and Philadelphia. He has participated in multiple archaeological excavations throughout Western Turkey and has been involved with urban surveying, the documentation of new archaeological finds, the creation of reconstruction drawings, and the development of conservation treatment programs for significant site features.
Ricardo Viera is BCA's Director of Field Services. He joined BCA in 1990 as a Conservator and has performed and overseen conservation and historic preservation consulting projects. Ric's prime focus is field investigation, preparation of construction documents and specifications, and monitoring during construction. He specializes in the restoration of building materials, with expertise in terra cotta and masonry restoration. Ric provides field management guidance for the firm.
Prior to joining BCA, Ric served as preservation intern for the Historic Charleston Foundation in 1988 and was a Preservation Consultant to the Foundation as part of the Hurricane Hugo Disaster Relief Team. Ric participated in Architecture, Planning, and Conservation studies in Havana, where he was born, and other cities in Cuba; and participated in preservation projects in several Caribbean islands.
Ric holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Historic Preservation and a Master of Architecture from the University of Florida. He was designated a Wentworth Scholar in Architectural Preservation during his graduate study.
Kevin Wohlgemuth is an Associate Conservator in BCA’s Washington, DC office, which he helped launch in 2019 to better serve BCA’s clients throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) region. He specializes in project management and is in charge of business development for the DMV region.
Kevin’s specific project responsibilities include archival research, conditions assessments and treatment testing, laboratory analysis, and development of treatment recommendations. He also prepares construction drawings and specifications and performs construction phase services including monitoring and construction administration. Kevin led BCA’s project team for the restoration of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial roof in Washington, DC, which received an Award for Excellence in Design and Construction by the DC Preservation League. He also specializes in historic preservation planning projects and has prepared Historic Structure Reports for the Lafayette Park Lodge in Washington, DC and the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland.
Kevin holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a Construction Management Specialization program. He is the Vice President of the Washington, DC chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology and regularly presents project work and research at professional conferences.
Dona Yu joined the New York office in 2023. She specializes in interior finishes and performs conditions assessments, materials analysis, and research. Prior to joining BCA, she worked on projects nationwide, primarily on murals, mosaics, and outdoor sculpture, performing conditions surveys, research/analysis, cleaning, consolidation, and inpainting. Dona graduated with a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University in 2015. Her interest in conservation began when she was an undergraduate at Stony Brook University. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy and completed a workshop in paintings and polychrome sculpture restoration.
Dona enjoys spending time with family and friends (including her cats, Merlin and Athena), traveling, and photography. She resides in Bay Shore, NY and volunteers for the Bay Shore Historical Society. Through her volunteer work, she discovered that Rafael Guastavino, Jr. lived in Bay Shore from 1914 until his death in 1950; his Tile House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.