Creative Team

Joseph Hurwitz, Architect
Mr. Hurwitz has been the recipient of many industry awards. He was the winner of the "Japan Architect" housing competition and his design for the Amsterdam City Hall was exhibited at the Reiks museum in Amsterdam Holland. He has been cited for his achievements by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and in 1992 was responsible for winning the competition for the design of the new YMCA in Kingston, N.Y. Mr. Hurwitz was six times awarded the "Best Building of the Year" award for structures built in Orange and Sullivan Counties (N.Y.) and in 1993 and 1994 he received the award for "Best Corporate Structure". He has lectured at S.U.N.Y. College and was a guest lecturer at the Mitsui Cultural Institute in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan. His works have been published in major foreign and domestic journals and in several books on architecture.

Mr. Hurwitz is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Sullivan County Partnership, and Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. He is active in the leadership of a number of local organizations including the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce, the Water Discovery Center, and the Sullivan County Partnership. Mr. Hurwitz is also the president of the Ulster Arts Alliance.

Leonard Levitan, Exhibit Designer
Established in 1975, Levitan Design has been planning exhibitions for World’s Fairs, Historical Interpretive Museums and Visitor Centers for the U.S. Government and corporations. They have developed exhibits for 9 world’s fairs in the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia totaling 18 pavilions. The firm developed the first Black History Museum in the United States in Philadelphia and numerous exhibits for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center. They have worked extensively for the USIA developing the 1976 Bicentennial Exhibition in Moscow and numerous international trade presentations in Poland, the former Yugoslavia, Brazil and France. Their client listing has included Canadian Pacific, Federal Express, Hershey Foods, General Motors, the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the US Army, US Department of Agriculture, National Geographic Society, The Government of British Columbia, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Canadian Government Exhibition Commission, The Government of Queensland, and the Northwest Territories.

"A center dedicated to the New York Watershed and Water Conservation is a critical message for visitors to the Catskill area. We consider it a communication of major importance and we are pleased and honored to be a part of it."
Leonard Levitan

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