Historic Resources Board Biographies

BERNSTEIN, Martin Martin Bernstein is the Founder and Principal of Martin Bernstein Architect.  Mr. Bernstein obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  Martin lived in Italy where he studied Italian and European tradition.  He is well versed in styles ranging from historical to contemporary architecture and has been active in the Bay Area home design since 1984; he is familiar with the unique character of various neighborhoods, as well as local building regulations.

Martin’s recent and past projects and awards include a major renovation and addition to the Slonaker Residence in Palo Alto, California, which earned him the Historic Residential Renovation Award from Palo Alto Stanford Heritage.  His project work is in Professorville Historic District, Palo Alto, California, and he is working on a major alteration and contemporary addition to a significant residence in Woodside, California.

BOWER, David
David was born in Palo Alto and has worked in residential construction for close to 40 years, including seven years of residential construction consulting.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from San Francisco State University.  His community activities include serving on the boards of Western Ballet in Mountain View, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission.

Beth Bunnenberg was born in Texas and graduated from what is now known as Texas Woman's University.  During her college years two major interests emerged: The love of working with children and the love of working with the parents.  She has a fascination with Art and Architectural History and for years she worked as a teacher for preschool aged children through third grade, which included teaching the children’s parents.

Beth finished her working career as Parent Child Specialist at Peninsula Hospital - Community Mental Health Center in Burlingame, California.  Once Beth retired, she became active in the Palo Alto Historical Associations (PAHA) and its Archives, in addition to being President of PAHA.  This led to serving as Co-Chair of the Volunteers for the Dames and Moore Survey of Palo Alto Historic Structures. 

Beth was appointed to the Historic Resources Board in 2001. She has served as Chair and has co-authored successful nominations of the Palo Alto Sea Scout Building to the Palo Alto Historic Inventory and the Roth Building to the National Register of Historic Places.

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MAKINEN, Michael
Mike Makinen served three years in the United States (U.S.) Army as a Captain where he worked as an aeronautical engineer at the U.S. Army Aviation Test Board in Fort Rucker, Alabama testing prototype helicopters.  His career continued at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1966 to 2005, first in Cleveland, Ohio and then at Moffett Field, California. 

Mike worked as an Aerospace Engineer, a Design Engineer, a Facilities Planner, and a Project Manager.  Additionally he worked as Chief of the Ames Facilities Planning Office and as the NASA- Ames Historic Preservation Officer.  Mike has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Mike currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Historic Resources Board and previously served as the Chairman; he has served on the Historic Resources Board since 1999.

WIMMER, Margaret
Margaret Wimmer is a Palo Alto based Residential Designer with over 24 years of professional experience in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is a Graduate from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design from Arizona State University.  Margaret enjoyed working as a Docent and Intern at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona prior to moving to California.

With a special interest in Historic Architecture and Design, Margaret currently serves on the Historic Resources Board for the City of Palo Alto.  In addition, she volunteers at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.  

Last Updated: Oct 3, 2017