Robert B. Tierney serves as both the chair of the 11-member Landmarks Preservation Commission and commissioner of the agency, which is the largest municipal preservation agency in the United States. Chair Tierney was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2003, and manages a staff of approximately 65 architects, archaeologists, preservationists, historians, attorneys, and administrators, whose mission is to protect more than 29,000 architecturally, historically, and culturally significant sites in all five boroughs, and identify and designate new landmark buildings, sites, and districts.
Since Chair Tierney's appointment, the Commission has designated 33 historic districts and historic district extensions and 209 standalone landmarks totaling more than 5,100 buildings. Under Chair Tierney, LPC has designated more historic districts outside of Manhattan than any other administration since the Commission was founded in 1965. The Commission also has designated an unprecedented number of important Modernist, Federal style, and industrial buildings and sites throughout New York City.
An attorney, Chair Tierney has more than 30 years of experience in government and the private sector. Prior to his appointment, Chair Tierney was a visiting scholar at New York University's Taub Urban Research Center, where he focused on issues of state and local governance, and before that, was Director of Public Affairs at AT&T. Chair Tierney also served as Counsel to New York Mayor Edward I. Koch and as Assistant Counsel to New York Governor Hugh L. Carey. He earned a B.A. at Yale University and a J.D. at Vanderbilt University Law School. Chair Tierney currently serves as Mayor Bloomberg's representative on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York and on the Board of Directors at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He resides in the Greenwich Village Historic District.