Michael J. Mills, FAIA
Michael J. Mills, FAIA, has devoted more than twenty-five years to the preservation, restoration and adaptive use of some of the region's most significant historic structures. His award-winning projects include preservation and restoration of the New Jersey State House and State House Annex, the Essex County Courthouse, and the Princeton University Graduate College and its landmark Cleveland Tower.* He is partner-in-charge of Mills + Schnoering Architects' ongoing work at St. Elizabeths Hospital and the Clara Barton Apartment for the General Services Administration; and for Life Safety Improvements at the Statue of Liberty for the National Park Service.
Mr. Mills has served as Chair of the Advisory Group of the AIA Historic Resources Committee and is a past president of Preservation New Jersey, the statewide non-profit preservation organization. He is a national peer reviewer for the GSA Design Excellence program, and a long-time member of the NJ Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board. He has lectured at Princeton University's School of Architecture and Urban Planning and at the Association of Preservation Technology's (APT) international conference, and serves as Associate Graduate Faculty in the Rutgers University Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Program. Publication credits include the APT Bulletin, Architect magazine, the AIA's Academy of Architecture for Justice Journal, and Design & Historic Preservation: The Challenge of Compatibility (edited by David L. Ames and Richard Wagner, University of Delaware Press).
Mr. Mills received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University; his Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University; and completed postgraduate work at the International Center for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome, Italy. He is a Registered Architect in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, New York, Washington DC, and Massachusetts.
*Projects completed as Short and Ford and Partners, Architects; Ford Farewell Mills & Gatsch Architects, LLC; or Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC.
Michael R. Schnoering, AIA
Michael R. Schnoering, AIA has managed many of the firm's theater and educational projects, as well as several large government contracts. Currently, Mr. Schnoering is the Partner-in-Charge for several theatre renovation projects, including the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA; Cape May Stage, Cape May, NJ; and the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. He is also Partner-in-Charge for a task order under a National Park Service Indefinite Quantity Contract at Big Slackwater (part of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Hagerstown, MD) and for the restoration of the historic Lansdowne Theater in Lansdowne, PA. His recently completed projects include renovations to the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO; renovation of Alton Auditorium at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey;* design of a new 430-seat concert hall at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University in Madison, NJ;* additions and alterations to the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT;* and completion of a task order under the firm's National Park Service Indefinite Quantity Contract at the Valley Forge National Historical Park (King of Prussia, PA).
Mr. Schnoering holds a B. Arch. Degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and is a Registered Architect in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, Florida, Maryland, and Colorado. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Access Network (a project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance) and the William Trent House Association, and is a Past Chair of the Yardley Borough (PA) Historic Architectural Review Board.
*Projects completed as Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC.
Anne E. Weber, FAIA
Anne E. Weber, FAIA, manages large-scale institutional historic preservation projects such as the restoration of the Essex County Courthouse and the Princeton University Chapel.* She also prepares planning documents, such as the Preservation Plan for Kahn's Trenton Bath House; an assessment of the buildings and landscape at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC; and a code and conditions study for Nassau Hall at Princeton University.* She is currently managing the design of Life Safety Improvements for the Statue of Liberty for the National Park Service, and overseeing the conservation of Clara Barton's Civil War-era Apartment in Washington, DC for the General Services Administration.
Ms. Weber holds a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University, and an M.Arch. and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Ms. Weber also attended the Attingham Summer School. She was the first recipient of the Charles Peterson Prize for preparation of Historic American Buildings Survey drawings, and is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI).
*Projects completed as Ford Farewell Mills & Gatsch Architects, LLC or Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC.
Meredith Arms Bzdak, PhD
Meredith Arms Bzdak, PhD is an architectural historian, overseeing the majority of the firm's cultural resource management documents. Currently, she is managing an inspection and analysis of existing conditions at the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site in Manhattan for The National Park Service. She also contributes to a number of the firm's preservation projects; she served as a member of the project teams completing the restoration of the Louis I. Kahn Bath House and Day Camp Pavilions; the survey and documentation of St. Elizabeths West Campus in Washington, DC; and the survey and evaluation of the Allied Textile Printing Site in Paterson, NJ.*
Dr. Bzdak holds a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and a PhD in Art History from Rutgers University. As Associate Graduate Faculty at Rutgers University in the Art History Department, she teaches classes on the development of the modern American city (specifically New York and Los Angeles), the preservation of the recent past, and Modern Italian Architecture. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of DOCOMOMO US New York/Tri-State and is a member of the Advisory Board for Drew University's Historic Preservation Program. Dr. Bzdak is a Chair Emeritus and Member of the Board of Advisors of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, a former board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and the author of Public Sculpture in New Jersey; Monuments to Collective Identity.
*Projects begun as Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC.