Buildings and Sites
Susan Macdonald, Head
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. Susan has worked in the private and public sectors in London, including English Heritage, and immediately prior to the GCI, at the New South Wales Heritage Office in Australia as its Director. 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 served on 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.

Email: smacdonald@getty.edu

Neville Agnew, Senior Principal Project Specialist
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.

Email: nagnew@getty.edu

César Bargues Ballester, Associate Project Specialist
Cesar Bargues Ballester, Associate Project Specialist

César Bargues Ballester holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the GCI in 2018, he conducted recording, documentation, and investigative studies with a particular focus on modern architecture in both private practice and in academia, as a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania. At the GCI, he is involved in conservation projects within the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, including treatment research, publications, and workshops, with a particular focus on conservation planning for twentieth-century heritage. Current GCI project: Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.

Email: cbargues@getty.edu

Claudia Cancino, Senior Project Specialist
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.

Email: ccancino@getty.edu

Rita Cofield, Associate Project Specialist
Rita Cofield, Associate Project Specialist

Rita Cofield joined the Conservation Institute in 2022 to lead the Los Angeles African American Historic Places project. She holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Planning from Howard University and a Master of Heritage Conservation degree from the University of Southern California. She is a cultural resource manager and public historian and has stage managed theatrical productions throughout the United States. She currently serves on the board of Howard University’s Southern California Alumni Chapter and is a member of the California Preservation Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  She was the inaugural executive director of the Los Angeles-based advocacy organization Friends At Mafundi. Current GCI project: Los Angeles African American Historic Places

Email: rcofield@getty.edu

Martha Demas, Senior Project Specialist
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.

Email: mdemas@getty.edu

Ana Paula Arato Gonçalves, Research Associate
Ana Paula Arato Gonçalves, GCI Professional Fellow

Ana Paula Arato Gonçalves joined the GCI in 2017. She was a Professional Fellow from 2017 to 2020 and is currently a Research Associate. She has a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Sao Paulo and earned an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Following the completion of her master's degree, she was a 2011–12 graduate intern at the GCI. Returning to Brazil in 2012, she worked as an architect in private practice and for public institutions engaged in the conservation of modern buildings with a focus on the conservation of modern concrete. Current GCI project: Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.

Email: anaratogoncalves@getty.edu

Sara Lardinois, Project Specialist
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: Los Angeles African American Historic Places, Conservation and Management of the Tomb of Tutankhamen, Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, Shelters for Archaeological Sites with Mosaics, and Valley of the Queens.

Email: slardinois@getty.edu

Elizabeth Levine, Senior Project Coordinator
Elizabeth Levine, Senior Project Coordinator

Elizabeth Levine joined the GCI in 2019, to organize the Terra 2022 World Congress, a GCI co-sponsored conference dedicated to advancing the field of earthen architecture. Prior to joining the GCI, Elizabeth was a Program Manager at a New York-based education nonprofit, where she ran youth writing programming and managed a network of volunteer educators. She holds degrees in Writing and Political Science from Ithaca College. Current GCI projects: Terra 2022 World Congress on Earthen Architecture, Southern African Rock Art Project.

Email: ellevine@getty.edu

Elena Macchioni, Associate Project Specialist
Elena Macchioni, Associate Project Specialist

Elena Macchioni is an Italian-qualified architect and a specialist in the conservation of architectural and landscape heritage. She holds a Master's degree in Architecture from Università degli Studi di Parma and a Specialization Diploma in the Conservation of Architectural and Landscape Heritage from Università degli Studi di Genova. After working as a conservation architect in private practice in Italy for six years, she was a GCI graduate intern with the Earthen Architecture Initiative in 2013-14. She then worked for the Great Pompeii Project, contributing to the condition assessment of one area of the archaeological site, and further collaborated with the GCI as a consultant. Elena is a PhD candidate in Preservation of the Architectural Heritage at Politecnico di Milano. Current GCI projects: Seismic Retrofitting Project and Bagan Conservation Project.

Email: emacchioni@getty.edu

Benjamin Marcus, Project Specialist
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.

Email: blmarcus@getty.edu

Tom McClintock, Research Associate
Tom McClintock, Research Associate

Tom McClintock is a conservator with a background in the treatment of studio arts and advanced documentation techniques for archaeological research and conservation. Tom holds an MA in Conservation from UCLA. Recent experience includes private conservation of studio arts, rock art field work in Australia's Northern Territory, and archaeological conservation and documentation in Cambodia. Current GCI projects: research for a forthcoming publication on rock art conservation and management and administration of the Rock Art Network.

Email: tmcclintock@getty.edu

Chandler McCoy, Senior Project Specialist
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.

Email: cmccoy@getty.edu

David Myers, Senior Project Specialist
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.

Email: dmyers@getty.edu

Gail Ostergren, Research Specialist
Gail Ostergren, Research Specialist

Gail Ostergren joined the GCI in 2002. Focused on publication and dissemination of Building and Sites' work, she does research, writing, and editing for a number 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, is a Historic Preservation Commissioner in the City of West Hollywood, California, and previously served on the California Preservation Conference program committee. Current GCI projects: Los Angeles African American Historic Places, Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, Eames House Conservation Project, Heritage Values, Stakeholders, and Consensus Building.

Email: gostergren@getty.edu

Elizabeth Patt, Senior Project Coordinator
Elizabeth Patt, Senior Project Coordinator

Elizabeth Patt joined the GCI in 2018. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Art History and has over 10 years of experience working in museums and arts organizations in Los Angeles including MOCA, LACMA, the Autry Museum, and LACE. Prior to joining the GCI she worked for a small sculpture conservation firm as a studio manager and conservation technician working on a number of local monuments and sculpture collections. Current GCI projects: Herculaneum: Conservation of the Tablinum of the House of the Bicentenary, Urban Conservation Planning in Southeast Asia, Seismic Retrofitting Project.

Email: epatt@getty.edu

Margherita Pedroni, Associate Project Specialist
Margherita Pedroni, Associate Project Specialist

Margherita Pedroni, joined the GCI in 2019 as an Associate Project Specialist. She is an Italian-qualified architect with both a bachelor's and master's degree in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and a Specialization Diploma in Built Heritage and Landscape Conservation from the University of Genova. Prior to joining the GCI, Margherita worked as a Heritage Conservation Specialist in private practices in Italy and in Singapore, and as a Program Officer for the Italian Development Cooperation Agency in Myanmar managing heritage conservation and sustainable tourism programs. She also worked at the Politecnico di Milano both as a teaching and researcher assistant on the conservation of twentieth-century heritage. Current GCI project: Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.

Email: mpedroni@getty.edu

Leslie Rainer, Senior Project Specialist
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.

Email: lrainer@getty.edu

Thomas Roby, Senior Project Specialist
Thomas Roby, Senior Project Specialist

Thomas Roby is an architectural conservator with master's degrees from the University of Virginia and University of York, England and participated in the UNESCO/ICCROM Stone Conservation Course. He worked in private practice based in Rome for fifteen years before joining the GCI in 2001, specializing in the conservation of archaeological sites and mosaics in the Mediterranean region. He is a Professional Associate of the AIC, and member of the IIC and US/ICOMOS. Current GCI projects: MOSAIKON Initiative,Mosaic Conservation Technician Training, Mosaics at Archaeological Sites: Training for Site Managers, Nea Paphos Conservation and Management Project, and Herculaneum: Conservation of the Tablinum of the House of the Bicentenary.

Email: troby@getty.edu

Micaela Shea, Senior Project Coordinator
Micaela Shea, Senior Project Coordinator

Micaela Shea graduated from Claremont's Pitzer College and majored in organizational studies. She earned her master's degree in organizational management from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California. Before joining the GCI, she worked as a senior office specialist for the City of Santa Barbara, and an executive assistant in business management/accounting. She has been with the Getty Conservation Institute since 2005. Current GCI projects: Nea Paphos Conservation and Management Project, Tomb of Nefertari Conservation and Management, China Principles and the Recording and Digital Unit.

Email: mshea@getty.edu

Candace Wai, Senior Project Coordinator
Candace Wai, Senior Project Coordinator

Candace Wai joined the GCI in 2018. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Studio Painting from SMFA at Tufts University. At the GCI, Candace supports the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative with their research, publications, and workshops. Before joining the GCI, she worked at the Getty Foundation as Project Administrator to their conservation grant initiatives and Graduate Internship program. Current GCI projects: Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.

Email: cwai@getty.edu

Lori Wong, Project Specialist
Lorinda 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.

Email: lwong@getty.edu