June 2024

Pierson Booher, AIA, Appointed to RIHPHC

DBVW Architects Principal Pierson Booher joins Rhode Island Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission

June 24, 2024 – DBVW Architects Principal Pierson Booher, AIA, was appointed by Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee to serve as a Commissioner to the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.

“I have the honor of serving alongside a diverse group of people I greatly admire,” Booher said. “I very much look forward to working with Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Jeffrey Emidy and his team, as well as my fellow Commissioners, to continue documenting, preserving, and celebrating Rhode Island’s architectural and cultural heritage.”

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission identifies and protects historic and prehistoric sites, buildings, and districts by nominating significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places and the State Register; administering grants, loans, and tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings; reviewing federal and state projects that affect cultural resources; and regulating archaeological exploration on state land and under state waters.

Two boards of preservation experts serve the Commission in a volunteer capacity: the Commissioners and the State Review Board. Booher’s confirmation is for the Architect/Architectural Historian position outlined in the state constitution, taking the seat of outgoing Commissioner J. Michael Abbott, for a three-year term.

Booher is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design with a Master of Science in Historic Preservation and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University College of Architecture and Urban Studies.