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AWARDS

2024

  • 424 Fifth Avenue — The Lord & Taylor Building:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy

2023

  • 131 Duane Street — The Hope Building:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
    Preservation Award, Victorian Society in America
  • 90 West Broadway — The Gerken Building:
    Preservation Award, Victorian Society in America

2022

  • Astoria Park Pool and Play Center:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy

2020

2019

  • Walter B. Melvin Architects, LLC:
    Chairman’s Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • Freehand Hotel:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy

2017

  • St. Thomas Church:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
    Stanford White Historic Preservation Award, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art

2016

  • Walter B. Melvin, AIA:
    Unsung Hero Award, Landmark West!

2015

  • 998 Fifth Avenue:
    Stanford White Historic Preservation Award, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
  • 1125 Fifth Avenue Terrace:
    Stanford White Historic Preservation Award, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
  • Sibley Hall, Cornell University:
    Design Merit Award, AIA New York Chapter
  • Grace Church in New York:
    Merit Award, The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

2014

2013

  • 998 Fifth Avenue:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
    Hats Off Award, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
  • Donald Judd Home and Studio:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
    Masterworks Award, Municipal Arts Society
    Best of Construction Award, Engineering News Record – New York
  • Walter B. Melvin, AIA:
    Sidney L. Strauss Award, New York Society of Architects

2012

2010

  • Liberty Tower, 55 Liberty Street:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy

2009

  • Marymount School of New York:
    Preservation Award, Victorian Society in America
  • 475 Tenth Avenue:
    Preservation Award, Victorian Society in America
  • 525 Park Avenue:
    Extra Mile Award, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
  • 110 West 78th Street:
    Façade Restoration Award, Landmark West!
  • 171-173 MacDougal Street:
    Regina Kellerman Award, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

2008

  • The Plaza Hotel:
    Best of Year Award, New York Construction News
  • 145 East 45th Street:
    Hats Off Award, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
  • Walter B. Melvin, AIA:
    Landmarks Lion Award, Historic District Council

2007

  • Kips Bay Towers:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy

2006

  • The Gramercy, 34 Gramercy Park East:
    Historic Preservation Award, Gramercy Neighborhood Associates

2005

  • The Cloisters Museum:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • Hoffman Hall, General Theological Seminary:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • 850 Park Avenue:
    Hats Off Award, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
  • 1111 Park Avenue:
    Extra Mile Award, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

2004

  • 780 West End Avenue:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
    Preservation Award, Victorian Society in America

2003

  • The Frick Collection:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • Marymount School of New York:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • Alwyn Court:
    Preservation Award, Victorian Society in America

2002

  • Alwyn Court:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • Queensboro Bridge, Bridgemarket:
    Excellence in Conservation Award, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

2001

  • Queensboro Bridge, Bridgemarket:
    Best of Year Award, New York Construction News
    Best Restoration Award, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
  • Cooper Union, Main Building:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy

2000

  • Queensboro Bridge, Bridgemarket:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • 211 Winant Road, Princeton, NJ:
    Historic Preservation Award, Princeton Historical Society

1998

  • The Dorilton Apartments:
    Large Scale Restoration Award, Landmark West!

1995

  • The Osborne Apartments:
    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy

1992

  • 6 East 80th Street:
    Excellence in Conservation Award, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

1983

  • 778 Park Avenue:
    Excellence in Conservation Award, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

Janet Shelley Perusini, Assoc. AIA

Janet Shelley Perusini, Assoc. AIA

Since joining the firm in 1997, Associate Janet Shelley Perusini has worked on a full range of project types, from the restoration of civic and institutional buildings to high-end residential properties, both single-family and cooperative/condominium. She has offered continuous consulting services for several long-standing clients, where she has provided problem resolution for hundreds of leak investigations, building conditions surveys, FISP inspections, and exterior envelope repair programs that included masonry reconstruction, roofing replacement, and window restoration. Notable projects include Columbia University Low Library, Parc Vendome Condominium, The Jewish Museum, 1040 Park Avenue and 19 East 70th Street. With more than 25 years of experience in the fields of architecture and historic preservation, she excels in her technical work as much as in building strong relationships with clients and colleagues. Janet received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from New York Institute of Technology and is an Associate member of the AIA.

Education

New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY
Bachelor of Science in Architecture

RESTORE Program for Restoration, New York, NY
Certificate

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects

Association for Preservation Technology International

Christopher Girr

Christopher Girr

During his 28-year tenure at WBMA, Associate Christopher Girr has worked on a wide variety of restoration and repair projects, specializing in idiosyncratic buildings and problems. He is responsible for overseeing and executing the assessment, development, and administration of alteration and historic preservation on a variety of projects throughout New York City, working closely with contractors to develop unique solutions to particular problems. His award-wining projects include McKim, Mead and White’s 998 Fifth Avenue; Renwick, Aspinwall and Russell’s 171 MacDougal Street; and 475 Tenth Avenue. Christopher is a graduate of Lehigh and Columbia Universities. He is also a skilled woodworker and furniture maker.

Education

Columbia University, New York, NY
Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
Minor in Architectural History

Dorian Yurchuk, RA, LEED AP BD+C

Martin Lee Griggs

For over two decades Associate Dorian Yurchuk has beheld New York City with the satisfaction of knowing that he and his colleagues are caretakers of this city’s body and soul. He tackles a wide range of project sizes and building components, from subterranean vaults to penthouses and finials. Projects are informed by researching buildings’ histories and period construction practices. In addition to specifying and administering projects, he also provides historic building envelope consulting services to other architectural firms. Dorian is a graduate of The Cooper Union and McGill University. He enjoys making art in various media and is an avid outdoorsman during all seasons.

Education

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Master of Architecture

The Cooper Union, New York, NY
Bachelor of Architecture

Professional Registration

Registered Architect in the State of New York

Bruce Barton, RA, AIA

Martin Lee Griggs

With 35 years of experience in the practice of architecture, 25 of which have been at WBMA, Associate Bruce Barton has nurtured a focus on the restoration and repair of exterior masonry structures in New York City. A graduate of Penn State University and Cornell University, he is a Registered Architect in New York State, a member of the AIA, and a member and past Chair of the Bergen County, NJ Historic Preservation Advisory Board. Adept at managing projects from inception to completion, select work includes the award-winning restoration of Central Presbyterian Church, the Marymount School of New York, and the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Education

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Master of Arts Candidate in Historic Preservation Planning

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Professional Registration

Registered Architect in New York State

Sergio De Orbeta, RA, AIA, NCARB

Sergio De Orbeta

With almost 20 years of experience in the field, Principal Sergio De Orbeta has been instrumental in the successful restoration, repair, and continued maintenance of numerous historic structures in New York City and beyond. 15 of those years have been at WBMA, where he has taken a detailed and methodical approach to his projects. Some of his noteworthy projects include Casa Italiana, Columbia University; The Osborne; and 100 Hudson Street. Previous award-winning projects include 131 Duane Steet – the Hope Building, 451 Broome Street, Donald Judd Home & Studio, and Marymount School of New York.  He is a Registered Architect in the States of New York and New Jersey. Originally from Puerto Rico, Sergio received his Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Architectural History from Carnegie Mellon University.

Education

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Bachelor of Architecture
Minor in Architectural History

Professional Registration

Registered Architect in the States of New York and New Jersey

Martin Lee Griggs, RA

Martin Lee Griggs

Principal Martin Lee Griggs has worked in the architecture and construction industry for over 30 years, including 27 years at WBMA specializing in the assessment and repair of exterior envelopes. He has overseen several award-winning restoration projects including St. Paul’s Chapel – Columbia University, 451 Broome Street, Liberty Tower and Alwyn Court, as well as restoration projects at Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict Building, the Cosmopolitan Club, several New York City parks and residential cooperatives. Martin is well versed in the myriad building materials that have been used in the northeast and has extensive experience assessing and restoring a variety of masonry and roofing systems. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is a Registered Architect in New York State.

Education

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Architecture

Professional Registration

Registered Architect in the State of New York

Robert C. Bates, RA, AIA

Robert C. Bates

With more than 35 years of professional experience at WBMA, Principal Robert C. Bates has overseen restoration projects at many of New York City’s premier institutions, including The Met Cloisters, Donald Judd Home and Studio, Green-Wood Cemetery and Riverside Church, as well as McKim Mead and White’s 998 Fifth Avenue and William Tuthill’s Schinasi Mansion at 351 Riverside Drive. A graduate of Lehigh University, Robert is a Registered Architect in the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as a member of the American Institute of Architects. He has a strong understanding of traditional building materials and has developed many new restoration techniques over the years. Robert has published articles on waterproofing of historic masonry walls, restoration of cast iron, and roofing replacement.

Education

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Bachelor of Art in Architecture

Professional Registration

Registered Architect in the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut