RANDALL MASON is trained in geography, history and planning.  He is Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.  His degrees include a BA from Bucknell, MS from Penn State, and PhD from Columbia University.  He worked previously at the Getty Conservation Institute, University of Maryland and Rhode Island School of Design.  Mason’s books include The Once and Future New York, on the origins of historic preservation in New York City (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), Giving Preservation a History (with Max Page, Routledge, 2004), and the forthcoming The Economics of Historic Preservation: How Priceless is the Past?(W.W. Norton, 2011).

Mason’s current research focuses on socio-economic impacts of conservation policies, urban conservation strategies in the U.S. and abroad, and cultural landscape studies.  Recent research and professional projects include cultural landscape reports for sites in New Mexico and Philadelphia, and preservation planning projects in Brooklyn and Philadelphia.