Anne Holford-Smith was appointed to the Commission in 2017. She is an architect and Partner at PBDW Architects, a New York-based firm with extensive experience creating new designs within historic contexts. During her 26 years at PBDW, she has completed multiple major preservation projects, as well as master plans and new commercial buildings. She directed the award-winning work at the Cooper Union Foundation Building, the Appellate Division Courthouse, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Knox Building, and the Gould Memorial Library at Bronx Community College. Recently, she completed the expansion of the Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel and the restoration of Richard M. Upjohn’s Caretaker’s Cottage and Residence, which were designated as New York City landmarks, and also received a Lucy G. Moses Project Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Commissioner Holford-Smith has lectured on preservation projects at the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Northeast Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), and at the 2002 Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) conference, among others. She is a member of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Association for Preservation Technology, Docomomo, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
She earned her Bachelor of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and lives in the neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan.