Mary Jablonski is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Historic Preservation program
at Columbia University’s GSAPP. She is also an Architectural Conservator and
President of the firm of Jablonski Building Conservation, Inc. (JBC) with more than 25
years’ experience in architectural conservation. She holds an MS in Historic
Preservation from Columbia GSAPP a MA from Sussex University. Mary Jablonski is a
Fellow of AIC and has lectured widely on conservation topics.
Jablonski’s firm works on buildings and works of art with a focus on masonry
conservation; architectural paint research, field-testing and laboratory testing;
construction supervision, as well as building investigations and analysis. The firm
projects are award winning and international. Jablonski has just finished work on the
1872-3 Coignet Building exterior restoration which included working with fellow faculty
member, John Walsh, on analyzing the Coignet -Beton cast stone. This pioneering
building is one of the earliest uses of cement in New York and the United States.
Researching materials and understanding how they were used and their deterioration
mechanisms remains is a major part of Jablonski’s current projects include the modern 1938 Walter Gropius House with its use of industrial glass and acoustical plaster and a massive timbered 1790 Connecticut Barn on Long Island.
Jablonski has a significant interest in finish studies and is involved in finishes research
internationally and the attempt to produce standards for architectural paint research.
She is co-chairing the organizing committee for the 2017 Architectural Paint Research
Conference that will be held at Columbia University. She will also be presenting a
paper “Time Tested Repairs” at the 2016 Stone Deterioration Conference in Glasgow.