August 22, 2013
Wilson Named to PHLF Board
Todd Wilson (B.S. CEE, EPP 2006) has recently been named serve on the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) Board of Trustees. The focus of the organization is to identify, preserve and renew historically significant places and thru education, educate people about the rich architectural heritage in the Pittsburgh city and surrounding region.
PHLF was founded in 1964 by a group of citizens who passionately believed that historic preservation, rather than massive demolition, could be a tool for renewing communities, creating pride among residents, and achieving sustainable economic development. At the time, vast amounts of public money were being spent to replace some of Pittsburgh’s most historic neighborhoods and commercial areas with characterless architecture, parking lots and roadways. After more than four decades of work, PHLF has shown that architectural landmarks and historic neighborhoods are community assets and that historic preservation can be a catalyst for urban renewal.
"Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation is one of the most important and influential historic preservation organizations in the country.” Wilson explains, “The foundation has demonstrated that historic preservation projects can successfully become the catalyst for urban renewal and community improvements. I am thrilled to become part of the organization, serving on the Board of Trustees."
Wilson, is an Associate Engineer at Trans Associates Engineering Consultants, Inc. In 2007, he co-created Bridgemapper
, one of the largest bridge websites on the Internet. He also began serving as a Practitioner Advisor to Carnegie Mellon University for the American Society of Civil Engineers, a position he currently holds.
In 2009, Mr. Wilson founded the Historic Bridge Weekend, an annual event in which historic bridge enthusiasts—engineers, historians, photographers and hobbyists—gather to attend presentations and visit historic bridges. In 2010, Mr. Wilson was named one of the American Society of Civil Engineers Ten New Faces of Civil Engineering. In 2011, Mr. Wilson was named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40, and in the same year he received the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Civil Engineering’s Recent Alumnus Achievement Award. From 2011 through 2013, Mr. Wilson served on the Board of Directors for the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh. He is currently writing a book on historic Pittsburgh bridges, which is scheduled for publication in 2014.