I’m a Mexican-American attorney and architect originally from Houston. I'm currently serving as a National Trust Adviser, advisor to the Sustainable Development Code, and board member of Latinos in Heritage Conservation. As a professor at UConn Law School, I’ve written two books on historic preservation law and a book and treatise on land use law, among other things. I chaired Preservation Connecticut (formerly the CT Trust for Historic Preservation), the nonprofit statewide affiliate of the National Trust, and served as Vice Chair of Hartford's Historic Properties Commission. As the chair of Hartford’s Planning & Zoning Commission for nearly 7 years, I helped to entirely rewrite the zoning code to ensure future development was compatible with historic districts, and to promote environmental sustainability. Hartford was the first city in the country to completely eliminate all minimum parking requirements, which too often thwart development in historic neighborhoods.