The Historic Districts Council, an advocate for New York City’s historic neighborhoods representing a constituency of over 500 local community organizations, has named Daniel J. Allen, Board President.
“Mr. Allen has been a valued member of the HDC board for several years. His knowledge and experience as both a professional and community preservationist make him an ideal candidate and we are very happy to welcome him into this new position,” Simeon Bankoff, HDC’s Executive Director said in a statement to the press.
As Board President, Allen is responsible for maintaining and promoting HDC’s mission of preserving the history of New York City’s built environment and advocating for its residents. Allen is the 10th Board President, succeeding Leo J. Blackman, who served as HDC’s Board President from 2014 to 2015. Blackman also served as President from 2008 – 2011 and continues to serve on HDC’s Board of Directors.
Prior to becoming Board President, Allen served as Vice President on the board from 2010-2013 and has been co-chair of HDC’s Public Review Committee since 2009. The committee is responsible for reviewing all public proposals affecting historic properties in New York City and formulating a position on them; HDC is the only organization in New York City which does this comprehensive review. In 2014, the Historic Districts Council reviewed over 400 proposals and testified before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on over 175 projects.
A long-time resident of Queens, Allen currently teaches in the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University and is a principal at CTA ARCHITECTS, a New York architecture firm specializing in new design, restoration, rehabilitation, interior design, affordable housing and historic preservation.
In addition, he is a registered architect in the state of New York, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and serves on the board of the New York Preservation Archive Project (NYPAP). Allen is also a member of the Association for Preservation Technology International and the Society of Architectural Historians.
He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Cooper Union and a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.