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Obama names architect to lead US historic preservation council

US President Barack Obama recently named Milford Wayne Donaldson, to lead the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). He is the first architect to hold the post since the council was created in 1996.

The ACHP promotes the value historic preservation and administers the preservation review process for Federal projects and programs. Donald said he plans to increase the council's efforts to integrate sustainable design into historic preservation practices.

“I am honored by President Obama’s appointment and look forward to working with the federal government’s historic preservation programs and its partners to share the many benefits of preservation more broadly throughout the nation,” Donaldson said.

Donaldson was most recently California’s historic preservation officer (SHPO) where he served as chief administrative officer of the Office of Historic Preservation in Sacramento and as executive secretary of the State Historical Resources Commission.

Prior to his appointment as SHPO, Donaldson served as president of the award-winning firm Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA since 1978, specializing in historic preservation services. He holds a B.A. and a B.S. in engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Donaldson received a Master of Science in architecture from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, and a Master of Arts in public history and teaching from University of San Diego.

Donaldson, who will serve a four-year term as chairman of the ACHP, succeeds outgoing Chairman John L. Nau, III, who served two full terms as ACHP chairman following his appointment by President George W. Bush.

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