Katherine Pohl is the new Vice Chair of the Skyline Council of Landmarks Illinois. Prior to taking the leadership position with the emerging professionals committee in July 2020, Katherine served as Skyline Council’s Secretary. She works at AltusWorks, Inc. as a Historic Preservation Designer. Learn more about Katherine below and why she is so dedicated to saving historic places and Landmarks Illinois’ mission.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is working with existing and historic buildings. The work often takes me out of the office and to the site of the job, so work never feels stale.
When and why did you become involved with LI and join the Skyline Council?
I became involved in Skyline Council in 2016. I was interested in joining because it provided opportunities for networking and being involved with events and service projects.
Why is historic preservation important and what about it interests you?
Historic preservation is important for lots of reasons. It can share our histories, support our communities, enrich our cities and even help our environment. The different aesthetics, construction methods and stories keep me interested.
What is one thing about historic preservation you would tell another young professional to spark their interest?
I would tell them about how hands-on the profession can be. Depending on your position, it can be a combination of desk work and field work that will always keep you engaged.
What impact do you think young professionals like yourself will have on the future of historic preservation?
I think we’ll bring more attention to our urban environments and the diverse histories of the people who live there.
What do you do to support and advocate for preservation either in your professional or personal life? (or both!)
In both spheres, I try to engage others in the conversation. For those of us already interested in preservation, or who are working in the field, we already know about its value, but this may not be apparent to others. It is important to share your knowledge and get involved when you can.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family.