Historic Preservation

Posted August 23, 2021
  • Photo by Jayana LaFotos, courtesy of Erin Tobin.

Erin Tobin (MSHP '99) Named Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH)

Erin Tobin, alumna of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, has been named the new Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH). Formed in 1990, AARCH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of the Adirondacks’ unique architectural heritage through programs in public education, advocacy and technical assistance for the built environment and communities.

Tobin will be leaving her current position of Vice President for Policy and Preservation at the Preservation League of New York State, where she directs public policy and technical service programs across New York State's 62 counties. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Tobin has also served as Director of Preservation Services for the Historic Albany Foundation and Executive Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation.

She first heard of AARCH while studying at Penn, when classmates worked as summer interns preserving Great Camp Santanoni, an effort that continues today through partnership with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. She cites Roger Moss's course Historic Site Management as a formative part of her graduate education.