Claudia Cooney is a Senior Vice President, Director of the Cultural Resources Department, and an architectural historian specializing in history, archaeology, the analysis of urban design and aesthetics, and the management of projects involving complex cultural resources issues including adaptive reuse of historic properties. She is skilled in archival research, historic field surveys, the preparation of historic documentation reports, cultural resources impacts analyses, historic resource construction protection plans, and historic building reuse feasibility studies. She also oversees the firm’s preparation of archaeological studies, has guided and developed content for historic exhibits and other interpretive materials, and written program text for historic house and garden tours.
Claudia has extensive experience with cultural resources law compliance at the city, state, and federal levels, and coordinates closely with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission — where she was formerly a Landmarks Preservationist/Special Assistant to the Executive Director — and other state and federal agencies including the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. She was appointed a member of Rockland County’s Historic Preservation Board in 2011.
Claudia earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College. She joined AKRF in 1999.