Bronin nominated to chair U.S. historic preservation council

Incoming professor Sara Bronin, a leading voice on historic preservation law and related land-use practices, was recently nominated by the Biden administration to chair the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, which advises the president and Congress on decisions and policies that promote the preservation and enhancement of national historic resources.

Sara Bronin

Bronin officially joins the Cornell faculty July 1 in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and as an associated member of the faculty of Cornell Law School. As a professor and policymaker, Bronin has devoted her career to creating and preserving sites significant to U.S. heritage and to helping shape policies that encompass “all aspects of the American story.”

“I’m honored that President Biden nominated me for this position,” Bronin said. “If appointed, I hope to help ensure that our country’s preservation policies enable inclusive and joyous places – while at the same time advancing more sustainable and equitable transportation, energy infrastructure and housing. I’ll also work to increase public engagement with preservation issues, something that is core to Cornell’s mission of providing innovative, interdisciplinary historic preservation education.”

Bronin, a Mexican-American architect, attorney and policymaker specializing in property, land use, historic preservation and climate change, previously held an endowed chair position in real property law and led an energy and environmental law center at the University of Connecticut. Currently, she leads Desegregate Connecticut, a coalition that successfully shepherded landmark zoning legislation at the state level, serves as an advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is a member of the board for Latinos in Heritage Conservation.

As the nomination and appointment processes advance, Bronin will begin teaching at Cornell with a cross-listed class on historic preservation law this fall, and she is finalizing her forthcoming book, “Key to the City.”

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