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Michael Adlerstein is Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Capital Master Plan, a five-year program to restore and renovate the historic United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY. He was appointed to the position by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July 2007.
He has experience in restoration of historical sites. Before joining the United Nations, he was the Vice-President and Chief Architect at the New York Botanical Garden, where he headed a multi-year restoration and design initiative. He previously served in positions throughout the National Park Service. In this capacity, he was in charge of the planning, design and construction program for the north-east region, including partnership projects at Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Acadia and Jamestown.
In the 1980', he served as Project Director for the restoration of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the United States Department of the Interior’s most ambitious historic restoration project.[better source needed] In this position, he managed and led the team of architects and engineers to plan, design, and construct the Ellis Island. The success of the project led to his promotion as Chief Historical Architect. He was recognized as the national expert in the field of historic preservation.
He has won awards for his achievements and was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
- Neil MacFarquhar (22 November 2008). "Renovating the U.N., With Hints of Green". New York Times. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
- Official announcement of appointment as Executive Director