Kathryn Welch Howe is the President of KWH Associates, Inc., a preservation and adaptive reuse planning firm. KWH has been responsible for pioneering work transforming historic buildings and resources to affect positive community change and development. Her work with the Getty Conservation Institute on SurveyLA fully linked historic preservation with sound local planning. Her adaptive reuse projects such as New York’s Grand Central Terminal and Los Angeles Cathedral of Saint Vibiana economically restored these city icons with cultural and civic purpose.
Kathryn has worked in the public and private sector as Vice President and Regional Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as a Vice President in Real Estate Investment Banking with Goldman Sachs and as staff and consultant to the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Getty Conservations Institute. Active in national and local preservation and conservation organizations, she serves on the Executive Committee of Scenic America, Inc. and as a former Board President on the Advisory Council of the Los Angeles Conservancy.
She is a graduate of Vassar College and has taught or lectured at USC, Columbia University, Yale University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and other institutions and conferences. Kathryn is married to Con Howe and has two children.