The City of Alexandria’s Historic Preservation Manager, Al Cox, was celebrated by a crowd of family, friends and city officials February 7 at the Old Dominion Boat Club as he retires following 28 years overseeing architecture design policies across the city. “My wife Kathy and I moved here 32 years ago because of the architecture. But we stayed because of the people,” said Cox, an architect who studied historic preservation in the U.S. and Europe.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Originally from Texas, Cox accepted a two-year contract position with the city to help with design guidelines. When that contract was completed, then-City Manager Vola Lawson created a City Architect position that allowed Cox to stay on. While Cox does not design buildings himself, he facilitates the process for architects, land use attorneys, and developers so that any new projects are compatible with the existing historic architecture.”
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Cox oversaw projects such as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Potomac Yard, Jones Point Park, and the new Old Dominion Boat Club. He hired famed architect Michael Graves to design the Beatley Central Library. Cox used the occasion to announce his successor – Bill Conkey will become the city’s Historic Preservation Architect when Cox formerly steps down Feb. 28.”