Dan Becker served as Executive Director of the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission, Inc. from 1986-2011 and managed the Long Range Planning Division for the Raleigh Department of City Planning from 2006-2015. Prior to moving to Raleigh, he worked as an Associate with James Williamson/Carl Awsumb/Architects in Memphis Tennessee, which provided design services in restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive use architecture. He previously served in Sidney, Ohio as Director of the River Corridor Project (a two-county program promoting recreation, conservation, and preservation along the Great Miami River), and as Secretary/Director for the Shelby County Park District. Dan is also Grants Administrator for the North Carolina Main Street Program.
He completed eight years of service on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions in 2006, including two years as board Chair, 2004 - 2005. He is an ex-officio member of the board for Yates Mill Associates. Past service includes membership on the Center for Preservation Leadership Advisory Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He has also been a board member for Mordecai Square Historical Society, Memphis Heritage, and Lowenstein House. He was awarded the 2007 Robert E. Stipe Professional Award by Preservation North Carolina. In 2012, he received the inaugural Daniel L. Becker Professional Award established in his honor by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. He regularly presents at conferences and conducts training on a variety of preservation topics.
An avid road bicyclist, Mr. Becker and family reside within Raleigh’s Roanoke Park National Register Historic District. Their Raleigh Historic Landmark-designated home is a California-style Arts & Crafts bungalow catalog house that they restored. Recent acts of stewardship include installation of a closed-loop geothermal heat pump system and the reconditioning and weatherstripping of the original window sash. Mr. Becker received his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.