Fallon Samuels Aidoo named to national historic preservation committee


Fallon Samuels Aidoo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Real Estate & Historic Preservation, has been selected to serve on the first-ever Expert Advisory Committee for the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

The new Expert Advisory Committee is comprised of 14 individuals, including leading researchers and legal experts from across the country, who meet monthly to provide the ACHP with academic and legal perspectives that will enhance the ACHP’s understanding of research impacting preservation, development of a historic preservation research agenda, and contribution to data-driven policy solutions.

Aidoo said she’s honored to have the opportunity to advise preservation practitioners and advocates that set a policy agenda for the entire federal government – not just the White House, Congress, and the cabinet level departments, but also federal councils and agencies (such as FEMA) responsible for U.S. cooperation with tribal nations and local governments.

“This is a unique opportunity to share knowledge of federal policy and program implementation I have developed through cooperative research endeavors with the City of New Orleans, as well as community engaged research on systemic and situational barriers to inclusion of coastal settlements in the National Register of Historic Places,” Aidoo said. “I look forward to working with fellow experts in the field to elevate historic and cultural preservation research amongst policy makers and program designers throughout the federal government.”

Based in Washington, D.C., the ACHP is a federal agency that carries out historic preservation case reviews, provides training in historic preservation law and policy, conducts outreach to the American public on the importance of historic sites and community preservation, and more.

ACHP Chair Sara C. Bronin provided a statement about the new Expert Advisory Committee.

“Each member of this group of dynamic and highly regarded academics and attorneys think about historic preservation in innovative and intersectional ways,” Bronin said. “I am extremely grateful they have lent their time, knowledge, and ambition to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and I look forward to collaborating with them to accelerate the federal government’s positive contributions to the field.”

The ACHP promotes the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources, and advises the President of the United States and the Congress on historic preservation policy. The ACHP is an independent federal agency comprised of 24 Presidentially appointed members from federal agencies, preservation organizations, Indian tribes, and expert private citizens.


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