A Principal of the firm since 2000, Margaret Castillo joined Helpern Architects in 1996. Margaret’s record of preservation and rehabilitation work includes the renovation of the Nave of Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, the renovation of several of New York City’s Carnegie Libraries, and the conversion of the 1887 Lockwood DeForrest House on East 10th Street into New York University’s Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Life.
Margaret has renovated five of Yale University’s historic homes, notably the Skinner-Towbridge House on Hillhouse Avenue, which became the School of Management’s International Center for Finance. Margaret also transformed the fragile Davies Mansion – destroyed by a fire – into Yale’s Center for Global Studies. Also among her credits: the restoration of Columbia University’s great Low Memorial Library dome and the interior architecture for three new hotel projects in Midtown Manhattan.
Active in advancing green design, Margaret dedicated her year as 2011 president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY) to sustainability. She initiated programming for the implementation of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC “Greater, Greener” goals and was the Chapter’s interface with both the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability and the NYC Department of Buildings, Margaret continues her advocacy as part of the AIA’s regional resilience outreach program which began with the national award-winning Post-Sandy Initiative.
As a member of the New York Building Congress, Margaret serves on the committees for both energy and higher education. She also sits on the board of the New York Fine Arts Federation. Interviews with her have appeared in The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, The Real Deal, and The New York Observer.
Margaret holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is accredited as LEED AP BD+C by the Green Building Certification Institute of the US Green Building Council.