Kate has led efforts to protect the architectural heritage of Manhattan’s Upper West Side neighborhood, home to over 3,500 designated landmarks, since 2001 when she joined LW! as Executive Director. She was appointed President in January 2015. Kate holds a joint Master’s degree in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). She has taught preservation on the faculties of GSAPP and the Fashion Institute of Technology and regularly gives talks to academic, professional, and community groups.
As of June 2017, Kate is passing the reins to Interim Executive Director Sean Khorsandi. Read her letter to the LW! community here.
Interim Executive Director
Sean became Interim Executive Director in June 2017. He joined LW! in 2015 as Advocacy Director after a decade using his Bachelor’s (Cooper Union) and Master’s (Yale University) of Architecture degrees in NYC design firms. He brings his knowledge of Building Code, Zoning and Materials to the field for each LW! scrimmage. If not at a City Agency hearing, he can be found searching the Upper West Side for the perfect bagel, or teaching architecture history and theory at the New York Institute of Technology.
Sean’s favorite neighborhood landmark building is Clarence True’s Flemish Revival Oyster Market at 426 Columbus Avenue – now a Patagonia location.
Youth Education Director
Rudie started with LW! in 2010 as a member of the Education Committee. In 2015, she transitioned to Youth Education Director, where her Art History degree from Tulane University and Architectural History degree from the University of Virginia support her engagement with elementary school students in both teaching and curriculum development. Before LW!, Rudie was at the New York Preservation Archive Project and The Frick Collection. As a native New Yorker and mother of four children in four different NYC public schools, she is deeply familiar with both the NYC Department of Education and the Upper West Side. Rudie intends to help make this a powerful new generation of preservation activists!
Rudie’s favorite building on the Upper West Side was the former Lincoln Square Synagogue at 200 Amsterdam, built in 1970 and designed by the architect team Hausman and Rosenberg.
Andra joined the LW! team in September 2016 after nearly ten years with an international NGO as Director of Operations and Pro Bono Recruitment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Miami University (Ohio) and a Masters in Public Service Administration from Spertus College (Chicago). Andra’s first job was with Habitat for Humanity, and is an ardent fan of architecture, DIY, and the power of volunteers. She is a self-admitted history junkie and believes historic landmarks and landscapes contribute invaluably to the culture and character of our communities.
Andra’s favorite UWS building-this week-is the former Automat at The Horn & Hardardt Building at 2710 Broadway, designed in 1930 by F. P. Platt & Bro.
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Board of Directors
Jeanne Martowski, Chair
Carlo Lamagna, Vice Chair
Ron Senio, Treasurer
Gail Gregg, Secretary
Kate Wood, President ex officio
Page Ayres Cowley
Andrew Scott Dolkart
Mary Anne Hunting
Sarah Bradford Landau emerita
Ernest von Simson