Michael Adlerstein F.A.I.A. – Assistant Secretary-General
On July 2, 2007, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Mr. Michael Adlerstein of the United States as the Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the Capital Master Plan. The CMP is a $2 billion project to renovate the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Before this assignment, Mr. Adlerstein was the Project Director for the restoration of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the most ambitious historic restoration project ever undertaken by the United States Department of the Interior. He later became the Chief Historical Architect of the National Park Service, managing a planning, design and construction program which included complex partnership projects at Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Independence, Acadia and Jamestown. Mr. Adlerstein later served as the Vice President of The New York Botanical Garden, America's oldest and most respected center for horticulture, botanical research and education.
Mr. Adlerstein is a New York native, with an architectural degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and he was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, and has worked as a State Department consultant on preservation and planning projects including the preservation of the Taj Mahal. He has been recognized with numerous awards, is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the Board of Trustees to the United Nations International School, and in 1994 was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.