Emily t. Cooperman

Dr. Emily T. Cooperman, PhD, joined PDP as a Senior Consultant and Architectural Historian in 2011, after collaborating with Dominique M. Hawkins for several years on many of PDP's most significant projects. Prior to joining PDP, Emily founded ARCH Preservation Consulting. She formerly served as Director of Historic Preservation for the Cultural Resource Consulting Group, where she supervised a staff of architectural historians conducting cultural resource surveys and regulatory compliance projects from Connecticut to Virginia. Prior to that, Emily was the Director of Research for the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania. There she served as scholarly director for the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project for the Archives, authoring biographies of multiple twentieth-century designers with local, national, and international careers.

Emily has deployed the unusual depth of her training and scholarship in her preservation practice for over two decades, serving private, public sector, and institutional clients on projects that range in scale from studies of individual buildings and small gardens to preservation planning for county-owned parks and entired municipalities. Her clients have included individual property owners, attorneys, colleges and universities, churches and synagogues, architects and landscape architects, engineers, planners, developers, regulatory agencies, municipalities, preservation advocacy organizations and museums and historical societies.

Emily has taught courses in art history, architectural history, landscape history and historic preservation at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia University, the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. She has lectured to both scholarly and general audiences on a variety of topics ranging from the development of the picturesque aesthetic in America in the nineteenth century to the history of post-World War II American synagogue design.