The stairway from the crew's quarters to the main deck aboard the SS Columbia. (   Mark Mulville/Buffalo News   )

The stairway from the crew's quarters to the main deck aboard the SS Columbia. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Liz McEnaney is a preservationist with a demonstrated history of initiating place-based projects and engaging with community stakeholders to build social infrastructure. Her work focuses primarily on regional preservation issues, in particular the rejuvenation of waterfronts and waterways. She works across various sectors, including not-for-profit organizations, foundations, and private corporations. Her projects range in location from the Hudson River Valley to the Red Fort in New Delhi, India to Maputo, Mozambique. She has collaborated with institutions and clients including the Kress Foundation, the World Monuments Fund, the Leon Levy Foundation, the Museum of the City of New York, the Hudson River Foundation, Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative, and Pentagram Design.

Liz is currently the Executive Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, and was previously the Executive Director of the SS Columbia Project (she later served on its board).

For the past decade Liz has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in the urban design and historic preservation programs. Her studio courses have looked at regional issues using the Hudson Valley as a laboratory for exploration. She has also taught urban policy and advises on integrated digital media thesis projects at New York University.

She has written extensively for The Architect’s Newspaper and frequently lectures at events and for organizations, including the World Science Festival, Docomomo US, the Museum of the City of New York, the New Museum’s Demo Day, TedX City 2.0 Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Historical Society. She’s shared her love for Staten Island on NY1 and NBC News, and at Wagner College and the Staten Island Museum. 

Liz is a founding Trustee of Awesome Newburgh and is on the board of Newburgh’s Fullerton Center, Historic Districts Council and the New York Preservation Archive Project. She is a fellow at the Urban Design Forum, and an advisor to Columbia GSAPP’s Hudson Valley Initiative and Dept of Small Interventions. She and Alan Brake were recipients of a Graham Foundation grant for their ongoing project Maputo Modern.