Liz in Jinja, Uganda. 2015.

Liz in Jinja, Uganda. 2015.

ABOUT LIZ. Liz McEnaney is an architectural historian and preservationist. Her projects range in location from Manhattan's Upper West Side to the Red Fort in Delhi, India to Maputo, Mozambique to the decks of the 115-year-old steamboat SS Columbia. Prior to this, Liz co-founded BLDG BLOK, a collaborative of historians, digital media artists, and programmers who are inventing and creating new ways to present history.  Liz earned a Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Art History.

TEACHINGLiz is an adjunct professor in both the Historic Preservation and the Urban Design programs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has led studio projects focusing on the Croton Aqueduct, Staten Island, and Roosevelt Island. She also teaches in the Integrated Digital Media program and the Sustainable Urban Design program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

WRITING. She has written extensively for The Architect’s Newspaper and the Rauch Foundation’s Build A Better Burb series.

TALKS. Liz has spoken about the intersection of technology and the built environment at the World Science Festival, the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and TedX City 2.0 Brooklyn. She has talked about the SS Columbia Project at Pecha Kucha; reinventing the row house for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation; landmarks preservation at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen; classicism on the streets of the Upper East Side with the Marymount School and the Institute of Classical Architecture; and old Brooklyn Heights for the Jane Austen Society. And she’s shared her love for Staten Island on NY1 and NBC News, and at Wagner College, and the Staten Island Museum. 

COLLABORATORS. Her partners in crime include Alan G. Brake (Maputo Modern); Jasper B. Goldman (Hudson Rising); Dana Karwas (BLDG BLOK); and Francis Morrone (a soon-to-be-released history of Brooklyn Heights).

CLIENTSBelmont Freeman Architects; Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative; James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation; Hudson River Foundation; Leon Levy Foundation; Museum of the City of New York; New York Preservation Archive Project; Pentagram Design; James Sanders & Associates; Society of the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities; Wave Hill; What is Missing? Foundation; World Monuments Fund