Diane Dallal joins AKRF as In-House Archaeologist
Diane Dallal has joined AKRF as the firm's new in-house director of archaeology. Diane will strengthen the Cultural Resources Department at AKRF, a multi-disciplinary environmental, planning, and engineering firm, and enable the firm to provide a full range of archaeological services to its clients. Prior to joining AKRF, Diane was at the engineering firm Dewberry Goodkind, Inc. She received an M.A. from New York University.
Diane has worked as an archaeologist and cultural resources manager in the New York City metropolitan area for more than 25 years. Her skills include everything from research to excavation, with specific capabilities in preparation of archaeological documentary studies and sensitivity assessments, conducting archaeological field testing, construction monitoring, and artifact research and analysis.
In addition to performing regulatory work for major public and private developments, she served for several years as director of New York Unearthed, the museum of archaeology formerly associated with the South Street Seaport Museum. She knows, in depth, the artifacts that are typically found in the New York metropolitan region as well as the history behind them.
Diane makes a significant addition to AKRF's Cultural Resources Department, which includes historians, architectural historians, and planners. The firm has already helped countless private and public developers comply with the complex regulations that protect historic resources. This has included preparing the Coordinated Determination of National Register Eligibility for the World Trade Center site, and investigating possible underground rail road sites in Downtown Brooklyn. With Diane on staff, the firm can now provide – in house – the full range of cultural resources services that are typically required under local (CEQR), state (SEQRA), and federal (NEPA) environmental regulations.
Diane's excellent reputation in the preservation and regulatory communities will also strengthen the firm's already strong working relationships with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
"This is an exciting opportunity for me," Diane remarked. "I can use put all of my skills to use at AKRF. As the company and its cultural resources practice continue to grow, I look forward to expanding our archaeology services."
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Posted December 22, 2005