Join the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for a webinar on Portico, LPC’s new web-based permit portal. Portico is designed to make it easier to file a permit application, allow multiple users to access the same application, and receive updates on application status. During this webinar, attendees will be guided through each step of the process of using Portico, highlighting key features that enhance transparency and make the application process more efficient. Updates on other LPC regulatory resources and enhancements will also be shared. This event will also offer an opportunity for practitioners to directly ask questions to LPC staff.

About the Speakers:

Sarah Carroll serves as both the Chair and a commissioner of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), the largest municipal preservation agency in the United States. Chair Carroll, originally appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2018 and re-appointed by Mayor Eric Adams in 2022, leads the agency and its mission to protect more than 36,000 architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites in all five boroughs, and identify and designate new landmarks and districts. As Chair, Carroll has championed equity in all aspects of the agency’s work and under her leadership has focused on diversity and inclusion in designations, with a particular focus on preserving historic places associated with underrepresented communities; outreach to the city’s diverse communities; and transparency and efficiency in regulation so that all property owners have equal access to resources, technical assistance, and expertise.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Bates College and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Michelle Craren is a Senior Landmarks Preservationist at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), where she has worked since 2017. With a background in architectural history, she works in the Preservation Department reviewing a wide range of projects from small single-family homes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to telecommunications installations on Landmarked buildings. In addition to the day-to-day tasks of project review, she has worked on the Permit Guidebook; mentoring new staff; outreach initiatives such as Open Office Hours; and on testing, support, and outreach for Portico. Prior to joining the LPC, she worked at the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office reviewing Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit and Section 106 projects.

Cory Herrala is the Director of Preservation at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), where he has worked since 2007, overseeing a staff of over 35 preservationists and supervisors in the Preservation Department. He participates in interagency initiatives involving resiliency and sustainability, and has led efforts to incorporate related work at historic buildings into the LPC’s regulatory framework. Herrala earned a Master of Historic Preservation degree from the University of Maryland and a professional Master of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Abbie Hurlbut is the Process and Operations Coordinator at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), where she works closely with the Chief Information Officer on internal processes and applications. She also serves as a Senior Landmarks Preservationist, in which she reviews applications for work on historic buildings. Hurlbut has worked at LPC for over 11 years.