Rick Starzak specializes in consultation on behalf of public agencies for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). He has 40 years of experience as an architectural historian, including 35 years at ICF, and meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards.
Earned after conducting consultation in 44 states for at least a dozen different federal agencies, Rick has a reputation for problem solving historic preservation constraints by developing creative alternatives, approaches, consultation documents, and mitigation. For example, working directly with FRA Headquarters, Rick was the primary author of a Congressional study to streamline historic preservation compliance for federally funded railroad and rail transit infrastructure projects. In December 2015, the FAST Act included three of the study’s four recommendations. The USDOT is now implementing them through a Section 106 “Program Comment” issued by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Rick has assisted ICF with Section 106 compliance in various disaster recovery contracts, including New Jersey’s Superstorm Sandy (2014-2017) and Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria (2018-present).