Marsh & Associates

Vincent Marsh

Vincent Marsh is the Principal of Marsh and Associates, a Historic Preservation Planning firm working for a number of public and private sector clients.

Vincent Marsh was a participant in the Modernism Committee weekend in October of 2014 and a Lead Volunteer in the Modernism Week events in February of this year. In addition, he is a member of the Palm Springs Modernism Committee and the Architectural and Design Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum. Finally, he is a member of the Architectural Review Committee of the Garden Villas at the Racquet Club HOA, which is Palm Springs' third and newest Historic District. He is quickly learning about Palm Springs Historic Sites of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is a recognized Architectural Historian and has an interest in Modern Architectural as well as a myriad of styles from the founding of this nation to the present day.

Vincent formerly served as a Senior Associate with Lerner & Associates Architects, consulting on a number of Bay Area preservation planning projects. Mr. Marsh was employed with the City of Sacramento from 1999 until 2003 as a Senior Planner position within the Planning and Building Department, where he served as the City’s Preservation Director. His accomplishments in Sacramento included a comprehensive update of the City’s Preservation program. Under his tenure and leadership the City adopted a new Preservation Element, a Preservation Incentives program, and a new Historic Preservation Ordinance. He also supervised the work of four consultants who are completing a Citywide Cultural Resources Survey, which proposed ten new Historic Districts and fifty new landmarks. In addition, he supervised and managed the workflow and staffing of the City’s nine member Design Review and Preservation Board and the nine member Sacramento Heritage appointed by the Sacramento City Council.

Vincent Marsh is registered as a Qualified Architectural Historian with both the Northwest Information Center at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park and with the North Central Information Center at California State University in Sacramento, CA. Mr. Marsh meets the Professional Qualifications Standards for the Architectural History classification as found in 36 CFR Part 60 of the Federal regulations. In addition, the State Office of Historic Preservation (SOHP) has previously determined that Mr. Marsh meets the professional qualifications as an Historian and as a Preservation Planner during his tenure staffing two existing Certified Local Government (CLG) programs in San Francisco and in Sacramento, CA. Finally, Vincent Marsh is listed on the Register of Professional Historians (No. 589) which is maintained by the California Council for the Promotion of History (CCPH).

Prior to September of 1999, Vincent was employed as a Preservation Planner within the Citywide Policy and Analysis Division of the San Francisco Planning Department where he drafted a new Preservation Element, Implementation Program Document of the General Plan, and a series of Preservation Briefs for the City of San Francisco. Vincent was assigned General Plan Referrals and a comprehensive review, evaluation and update of the City’s Neighborhood Commercial Controls, which were first adopted by the City in 1987. Additionally, he also was involved in major planning efforts and cultural resources assessments for the Presidio National Park, Treasure Island, Golden Gate Park, Mid-Market, Civic Center, and properties under the jurisdiction of the Port of San Francisco and the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. For eight years, he served as the Secretary and the primary staff to the San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board. In that position he worked closely with project sponsors, property owners, neighborhood associations and individuals on thousands of preservation related projects in the Downtown and Citywide. He authored and recommended approvals for four historic district nominations, scores of local landmark nominations, and undertook a major thematic survey of 2,000 Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (UMBs) with the assistance of fifteen A.I.A. volunteers, who also developed a set of Design Guidelines to seismically retrofit UMBs.

In years past, Vincent Marsh served as a Field Representative to the Western Regional Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and as an Agency Relations Associate/ Neighborhood Planner with United Way of the Bay Area. In Boston, Massachusetts he was employed as an Urban Design consultant to a private firm and for six years was employed as Executive Director of a Neighborhood Center in the North End/Waterfront area. Vincent Marsh currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of 1800 Market Street, which helped to save the historic Carmel Fallon Building in San Francisco. He recently completed an eight-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. In the recent past, he has served as Treasurer for the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Mr. Marsh also served for a period of eight years as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Preservation Foundation (CPF), a statewide non-profit preservation organization and volunteered for a number of committees and programs of CPF.

Vincent Marsh has an undergraduate degree from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo; a Master’s Degree in Community Organization and Planning from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning with a specialization in Historic Preservation from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His thesis, A Preservation Planning Study for the North End Waterfront of Boston, Massachusetts won an Urban Design Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Urban Studies Master’s Program in Cambridge, MA prior to full time studies at Cornell University.