Employed by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation since 1981, Louise Sturgess oversees and often teaches and leads engaging educational programs based on the region’s built environment.
A fifth-generation Pittsburgher and graduate of Bucknell University (English/Economics), Louise Sturgess has worked for the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) since 1981. As executive director, she is primarily responsible for PHLF’s educational programs, serving more than 10,000 people each year. On any given day, Louise is a fundraiser, editor, program organizer, lecturer, or tour guide. Through her work Louise promotes the value of historic preservation and reveals the national importance of Pittsburgh’s history and architecture. The History Channel, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies, Preservation Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, and Pittsburgh City Council are among those who have recognized PHLF for its innovative educational programs. Louise is passionate about the art of architecture and is inspired by the young people who participate in PHLF’s educational programs.