Historic preservation runs in Bob’s blood: his father was a preservation advocate in New York City and his grandfather was an architect and early member of New Orleans’ Vieux Carré Commission.
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Using the knowledge gained in 30 years of experience as a preservation advocate and architect, Robert Kornfeld works with Thornton Tomasetti’s offices nationwide to develop a unique historic preservation practice. He is responsible for historic preservation, exterior envelope restoration, and historical and technical research – combining innovative technology with traditional building methods.
As a forensic architect, Bob has also been involved in the investigation of building failures for institutions, government agencies, corporations, private clients and attorneys. He provides litigation support services, testifies frequently at public hearings, and has volunteered as a consulting party on behalf of preservation advocacy groups.
East Coast Highlights
Bob’s notable projects in the New York metro area include façade restoration of 90 Church St.; façade restoration and structural repair of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and façade restoration and structural design for the interior renovation of 20 Washington Road, a collegiate gothic academic building at Princeton University. In Philadelphia he oversaw exterior restoration of the James A. Byrne Courthouse and William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building.
A Long History of Preservation Advocacy
For decades, Bob has given his time to historic preservation groups including the Historic Districts Council in New York City, the Architectural Review Board of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson and Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct. He has been a regular presenter at industry conferences and to civic groups, an author of National Register applications, and a guest critic and speaker at Columbia University and the Gotham Center for New York History.
Outside of Work
Bob is an avid skier, with a house near Jay Peak Resort in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Two feet of powder and some steep softwood glades make him very happy.
• Condition assessment
• Due diligence
• Façade rehabilitation
• Emergency response
• Historic preservation
• Expert witness
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