New Professor Sara Bronin, a leading voice on historic preservation law and related land use practices, was recently appointed by the Biden administration to chair the US Historic Preservation Advisory Council, which advises the President and Congress on decisions and policies that promote preservation. and the development of national historic resources.
Bronin officially joined Cornell Faculty on July 1 in the Planning and Land Use Planning Department of the College of Architecture, Art and Urban Planning, and as an associate member of the Faculty of Cornell Law School. As a teacher and policy maker, Bronin has dedicated her career to the creation and preservation of significant American heritage sites and to the development of policies that encompass “all aspects of American history.”
“I am honored that President Biden has appointed me for this position,” said Bronin. “If I am nominated, I hope to help ensure that our country’s preservation policies enable inclusive and joyful places, while advancing more sustainable and equitable transport, energy infrastructure and housing. I will also work to increase public engagement with preservation issues, which is at the heart of Cornell’s mission to provide innovative and interdisciplinary education in historic preservation.
Bronin, a Mexican-American architect, lawyer and policy maker specializing in property, land use, historic preservation and climate change, previously held a chair in real estate law and ran a center for energy and energy law. environment at the University of Connecticut. Currently, she heads Desegregate Connecticut, a coalition that has successfully spearheaded historic state-level zoning legislation, is an advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is a board member of Latinos in Heritage Conservation.
As the nomination and nomination process progresses, Bronin will begin teaching at Cornell with a cross-course in historic preservation law this fall, and she is finalizing her next book, “Key to the City”.