- Susan Macdonald, Head
Susan Macdonald, RIBA, PIA, joined the GCI in 2008 as head of Field Projects. Susan has a bachelor of science (architecture) and a bachelor of architecture from the University of Sydney, and a master's degree in conservation studies (University of York/ICCROM), and is a certified practicing planner. In her current and previous positions Susan has been involved in a wide range of conservation issues from urban planning, development, economics, world heritage, and policy and technical matters and has lectured, authored, and edited various books and articles on these topics. Susan has been involved in a number of international and national advisory committees and editorial boards and is a member of DOCOMOMO International Specialist Technical Committee, the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage (ISC20C) and APTi's Modern Committee.
- Neville Agnew, Senior Principal Project Specialist
Neville Agnew joined the GCI in 1988 and has led or participated in many of the Institute's projects. Agnew is the author of numerous publications in research chemistry and conservation. He has served on the editorial board of Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites and on the board of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. His association with conservation in China has resulted in a number of awards: the Friendship Award of the State Council in 2000, the International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of the PRC in 2005, and awards from Gansu province and the Dunhuang Academy. Agnew holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Natal in South Africa. Current GCI projects: China Principles, Conservation and Management of the Tomb of Tutankhamen, Southern African Rock Art Project, Valley of the Queens, and Wall Paintings Conservation at Mogao Grottoes.
- Claudia Cancino, Senior Project Specialist
Claudia Cancino manages the Earthen Architecture Initiative. She graduated in architecture and urban planning from Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru, and earned a certificate in conservation at ICCROM in 1995, followed by training in business administration at ESAN in Lima. She practiced preservation architecture and was on the faculty at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima (1996–99), teaching restoration of monuments and earthen building techniques. She earned a master of science in historic preservation (2001) and an advanced certificate in conservation (2002) from the University of Pennsylvania. Current GCI projects: Conservation and Rehabilitation Plan for the Kasbah of Taourirt, Earthen Architecture Initiative, and Seismic Retrofitting Project.
- Jeffrey Cody, Senior Project Specialist
Jeffrey Cody has been at the GCI since 2004, focusing primarily on conservation training activities in Southeast Asia. From 1995 to 2004 he taught architectural history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Building in China: Henry K. Murphy's "Adaptive Architecture", 1914–1935 (2001) and Exporting American Architecture, 1870–2000 (2003). He also coedited Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts (2011) and Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China (2011). He holds a PhD in architectural history from Cornell University (1989). Current GCI projects: Historic Cities and Urban Settlements Initiative and Urban Conservation Planning in Southeast Asia.
- Martha Demas, Senior Project Specialist
Martha Demas received her doctorate in archaeology from University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in historic preservation planning from Cornell University. She joined the GCI in 1990 and has been involved in many of the Institute's international field projects; in developing methodologies, guidelines, and training courses; and in research and publications, with a principal focus on conservation and management of archaeological sites. She is coeditor of Strategies for Sustainable Tourism at the Mogao Grottoes of Dunhuang, China (2015), a publication focused on carrying capacity and visitor management. Current GCI projects: China Principles, Mosaics at Archaeological Sites: Training for Site Managers, Shelters for Archaeological Sites with Mosaics, Valley of the Queens, Wall Paintings Conservation at Mogao Grottoes.
- Leslie Friedman, Project Specialist
Leslie Friedman works primarily on the conservation of archaeological sites and architectural finishes, particularly mosaics. She is an architectural conservator and holds a MS in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Her previous academic training is in archaeology and social anthropology. She is a member of ICOMOS's Scientific Committees, ICAHM (International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management) and ISCEAH (International Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage), and has served on the board for the Architectural Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation. Current GCI projects: Bulla Regia Model Conservation Project, Mosaics at Archaeological Sites: Training for Site Managers, and Shelters for Archaeological Sites with Mosaics.
- Kiernan Graves, Associate Project Specialist
Kiernan Graves graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art with a master's degree in the conservation of wall paintings. She spent the first part of her career in private practice working on a range of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the United States, her professional collaborations include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Judd Foundation. Graves has also worked for the GCI as a consultant in various capacities on projects such as the China Principles and the Conservation of América Tropical. Current GCI projects: Conservation of América Tropical and Herculaneum Project.
- Sara Lardinois, Project Specialist
Sara Lardinois holds an architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame and received additional training at ICCROM. She is a registered architect in the state of California and a LEED-accredited professional, as well as an expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture (ISCEAH). Prior to joining the GCI in 2010, she worked at a firm specializing in the conservation of built heritage in the western United States, with much of her work located in US National Parks. She has also consulted on conservation projects in Turkey, Egypt, and Yemen. Current GCI projects: Conservation and Management of the Tomb of Tutankhamen, Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, Shelters for Archaeological Sites with Mosaics, and Valley of the Queens.
- Benjamin Marcus, Project Specialist
Benjamin Marcus is a conservator working on training in stone conservation and the conservation of earthen architecture in Morocco. Prior to joining the GCI, he was a building conservator with the government of Abu Dhabi working on the conservation of stone and earthen vernacular buildings and archaeological sites. He holds an MSc in historic preservation from Columbia University. He is an expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH). Current GCI projects: Conservation and Rehabilitation Plan for the Kasbah of Taourirt, Earthen Architecture Initiative, and the International Course on Stone Conservation.
- Laura Matarese, Associate Project Specialist
Laura Matarese holds a master's degree in heritage conservation from the University of Sydney and is involved in heritage management, planning, values assessment, and twentieth-century heritage conservation. Prior to joining the GCI, Laura worked in private practice in Sydney, Australia. She was awarded a US/ICOMOS internship at the Presidio Trust, San Francisco, and was a 2014—15 GCI Graduate Intern. Laura is a member of ICOMOS’s International Scientific Committee for Twentieth-Century Heritage. Current GCI Projects: Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, Eames House Conservation Project, Salk Institute Conservation Project, and Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment.
- Chandler McCoy, Senior Project Specialist
Chandler McCoy has a master of architecture degree from Columbia University and a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Virginia and received additional architectural conservation training at ICCROM. He is a registered architect in the state of New York and a LEED-accredited professional. He is a founding member of the Northern California chapter of Docomomo-US and a member of APT, the California Preservation Foundation, and past president of the San Francisco Heritage Board of Directors. Prior to joining the GCI in 2015, he was Associate Director for Planning and Design for the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, and prior to that, worked as a Historical Architect for the National Park Service in New York City. Current GCI project: Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.
- David Myers, Senior Project Specialist
David Myers has worked at the Institute since 2001 and currently manages its Recording and Documentation Unit. He holds an MS in historic preservation and an advanced certificate in architectural conservation and site management from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of ICOMOS, CIPA, and the APT Documentation Technical Committee. He previously served as a legislative assistant to a member of the US House of Representatives. Current GCI projects: Arches Project, Heritage Values, Stakeholders and Consensus Building, Southern African Rock Art Project, and Valley of the Queens.
- Gail Ostergren, Research Associate
Gail Ostergren joined the GCI in 2002. Focused on publication and dissemination of Building and Sites' work, she provides research, writing, and editorial support to a range of projects. She earned her PhD in history at University of California Los Angeles, specializing in urban, architectural, and Southern California history. She is a founding board member of Docomomo US/Southern California chapter, serves on the California Preservation Conference program committee, and is a Historic Preservation Commissioner in the City of West Hollywood, California. Current GCI projects: Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, Eames House Conservation Project, Heritage Values, Stakeholders, and Consensus Building.
- Leslie Rainer, Senior Project Specialist
Leslie Rainer is a wall paintings conservator carrying out a variety of projects addressing decorated architectural surfaces. She has worked on projects in Africa, Europe, China, Central and South America, and Los Angeles. Leslie received a master's degree in the conservation of decorated architectural surfaces from Antioch University and a certificate in mural paintings conservation from ICCROM. She was awarded the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation from the American Academy in Rome. She is a member of AIC, IIC, ICOM-CC, and WAAC. She has organized symposia with the GCI and served as volume editor for their proceedings. Current GCI projects: Conservation of América Tropical, Herculaneum Project, Earthen Architecture Initiative, Injection Grouts for the Conservation of Architectural Surfaces, and Seismic Retrofitting Project.
- Thomas Roby, Senior Project Specialist
Thomas Roby is an architectural conservator, specializing in the conservation of archaeological sites and mosaics in the Mediterranean region. He has a bachelor's degree from Haverford College and master's degrees from the University of Virginia in architectural history and historic preservation and from the University of York, England, in conservation studies. He is a Professional Associate of the AIC, and a member of the Site Preservation and Conservation Committee of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). Current GCI projects: Bulla Regia Model Conservation Project, Mosaic Conservation Technician Training, Mosaics at Archaeological Sites: Training for Site Managers, Shelters for Archaeological Sites with Mosaics, and Valley of the Queens.
- Kelly H. Wong, Project Specialist
Kelly Wong received a BA in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a MS in historic preservation with a concentration in architectural conservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked on numerous preservation projects around the world. Prior to coming to the GCI, Kelly worked for Architectural Resources Group in San Francisco, served as a preservation project manager at the Presidio Trust, and as a preservation technical specialist and preservation enforcement planner for the City and County of San Francisco Planning Department. Current GCI project: Seismic Retrofitting Project.
- Lori Wong, Project Specialist
Lori Wong is a wall paintings conservator and graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art's Conservation of Wall Paintings Program. Since 2002, she has worked on projects in China, Egypt, and Morocco. Lori's work strives to improve approaches and strategies to conserving wall painting through research and investigation, capacity building and training of local conservators. She is currently coordinator of the Murals, Stone, and Rock Art Working Group of the International Council of Museums–Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC), a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), and an Expert Member of the International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH) of the US National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS). Current GCI projects: China Principles, Conservation and Management of the Tomb of Tutankhamen, Conservation and Rehabilitation Plan (CRP) for the Kasbah of Taourirt, Earthen Architecture Initiative, Valley of the Queens, and Wall Paintings Conservation at Mogao Grottoes.