Heather Hartshorn is a building materials scientist with a background in
chemistry and preservation. Her expertise is in the study of historic masonry
and concrete materials, with an emphasis on their composition and
performance. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Historic Preservation progam at
Columbia GSAPP and Supervising Chemist at Highbridge Materials Consulting,
Inc., a specialty construction materials testing laboratory in Pleasantville, NY.
Her professional interests include researching and evaluating the history and
performance of binder materials in American masonry, particularly those that
may not be well documented or understood. She is also involved with the
development of appropriate test methods to evaluate the performance and
durability of masonry materials.
Heather holds a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia
University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and in
Art History from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. Given the nature of her
work at Highbridge, Heather has had the unique privilege to work on hundreds of
historic structures including buildings, monuments, and infrastructure.