Richard J. Lundgren Named Executive Director of Historic Albany Foundation

Historic Albany Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Richard J. Lundgren as its new Executive Director.  

Mr. Lundgren has an extraordinary background in the fields of historic preservation, city planning, land conservation and commercial real estate.  He is the President of Peirson Properties, a real estate and city planning consulting practice; and has served as: Urban Renewal Project Director and District Planner, Boston Redevelopment Authority; Director of Planning for Boston-based consulting firms; President of NAI Hunneman Commercial Company, Boston; and planner, Schenectady County Department of Planning.  He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in management, and received master’s degrees in city planning (Pratt Institute), public administration (Harvard Kennedy School of Government) and real estate finance and investment (New York University).

“Dick Lundgren brings a record of accomplishments and a wealth of experience in preservation, planning, and conservation to Historic Albany Foundation,” said Board President Susan Kirchheimer. “We are thrilled. Dick Lundgren is the right person to build upon our organization’s forty-plus years of advocacy, education, programming and technical services designed to protect and enhance Albany’s historic built environment. We are excited by the passion and vision that Dick brings to this position.”

Lundgren reminisced that in a sense, he is coming home to take on this new position in Albany, having grown up in the Hudson Valley and also having attended college in Troy.  He said that “it will be a privilege to, among other things, undertake the stabilization and restoration of Albany’s oldest building, the 1728 Van Ostrande-Radliff House located at 48 Hudson Avenue. There are so many opportunities to promote the cause of preservation in this historic City and the greater Albany area.  I look forward to the challenge.”

Mr. Lundgren will assume his new responsibilities at Historic Albany Foundation’s offices at 89 Lexington Avenue, also home to its Architectural Parts Warehouse, on January 2, 2018.