Paul Gunther is a veteran of the New York arts and design world, joining the Gracie Mansion Conservancy after 35 years as an author, consultant, and executive in the field of historical preservation, land use, and cultural institutions. Gunther has worked as a consultant on a number of local arts and historical organizations, and has a written for professional publications on topics ranging from architecture, landscape design, preservation, land use, and art history often through a sociopolitical lens. Previously, Gunther served as president of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, a NYC-based national education and presenting organization dedicated to the Classical tradition. He formerly served as Vice President of the Institutional Advancement and Director of Development at the New-York Historical Society, Director of Development and American Liaison at the American Center in Paris, and the Director of Development and Public Affairs at the Municipal Art Society, and as account executive at George Trescher Associates in the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch when the agency was newly created.
Gunther began his career as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs following a year of study abroad in Toulouse, France. Gunther has held voluntary positions at an array of historic, cultural, and civic organizations throughout New York City, including The Municipal Art Society, the Staten Island Historical Society at Historic Richmondtown, the Forum for Urban Design, the Sir John Soanes Museum Foundation, and the City Club of New York. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Gunther earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural and Art History from Yale.
In May 2017, a book Mr. Gunther co-authored entitled “New York Wing: Re-inventing Home” will e-published by Rizzoli.