Andy Ferrell was selected as the Deputy Director of the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and as the Assistant Deputy Associate Director for Science Technology and Training for Cultural Resources for the NPS. He will assist Executive Director Deputy Associate Director Kirk Cordell in both positions in promoting the use of science and technology to improve historic preservation practice across the nation.
Created by the National Historic Preservation Act Amendments of 1992, NCPTT was established as a national initiative to coordinate and promote research, distribute information and provide training about preservation skills and technologies.
After completing graduate studies in architectural preservation, Ferrell started his NPS career as a training associate at NCPTT in 1999, where he helped to develop historic preservation training for engineers. He garnered experience working with three of the four disciplinary components of NCPTT until he was named Chief of the Architecture and Engineering Program in 2005. In this position, Ferrell worked with NCPTT staff and partners across the U.S. and internationally to undertake research and training in historic preservation. His interests include sustainability, disaster preparedness and response and traditional trades training.
His recent activities include developing a formal agreement with Ahmedabad University in India to foster international cooperation and technical exchange between preservation students and professionals, but also to share successful NPS models for heritage stewardship. NCPTT recently hosted its first intern from Ahmedabad University and is planning future collaboration, including facilitating a much broader discussion of international collaboration at the General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites to be held in Delhi, India in 2017.
Prior to joining NCPTT, Ferrell worked at Gulf Engineers and Consultants as an environmental resources technician and a cultural resource management specialist. He taught in the Cultural Resource Management Program at Southeastern Louisiana University. He holds a master’s in International Relations from Boston University-Brussels and a master’s of science in architecture/historic preservation from Louisiana State University.