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Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA


"We need to look at the past to discover which buildings have raised our spirits, encouraged community, and continue, years later, to provide distinguished settings for civic discourse. Then, we can look to the future to deliver the same humanist goals in our new buildings and infrastructure."

Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA, has more than 35 years of diverse experience in architecture, urban design and development. A principal with PKSB since 1999, she is a leading specialist in mixed-use projects with preservation concerns. Her unique perspective on the intricacies of historic neighborhoods makes her an unparalleled resource for projects in landmarked districts and other complex urban sites. She has a proven track record of building notable residential, academic and public projects in historic districts, and her experiences in master planning for residential, commercial and academic settings demonstrates her understanding of not just buildings, but communities. 


Sherida is also a passionate believer in public and community service, having served as NYC Landmarks Commissioner and Chair under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations, President of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, Chair of the Van Alen Institute’s Projects in Public Architecture, President of WX Women Executives in Real Estate, and a Director of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation. She currently chairs the Riverdale Nature Conservancy and serves as a member of the National Building Museum Board. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


Master of Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles: School of Architecture & Urban Planning

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley: College of Environmental Design


  • 173 Amity Street Condominium Conversion, Brooklyn, NY

  • 496 Broadway Loft Renovation, New York, NY

  • 41 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY

  • 807 Manhattan Avenue Mixed-Use Conversion, Brooklyn, NY

  • 78 Irving Place Condominium Conversion, New York, NY

  • The Puck Building Residential Conversion & Addition, New York, NY

  • Penthouse Apartment, One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY

  • 309 Canal Street Residential Conversion, New York, NY

  • Claremont Stables Residential Conversion, New York, NY

  • 73 Pineapple Street Apartment Building, Brooklyn, NY

  • 20 Henry Street Condominium, Brooklyn, NY

  • 360 Furman Street Re-use Study, Brooklyn, NY

  • Burlington, VT Town Center Planning Workshops, Burlington, VT

  • NYCHA Prospect Plaza Re-vision Planning Workshop, Brooklyn, NY

  • 155 Mercer Street Retail Conversion, New York, NY

  • Brooklyn Municipal Building Retail Conversion, Brooklyn, NY

  • 402 West 13th Street Office Building, New York, NY

  • 449 Broadway Retail & Commercial Renovation, New York, NY

  • 55 Spring Street Restoration & Retail Conversion, New York, NY

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