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Woodside: Two appointed to architecture board

Tom Livermore, a Woodside resident and former planning commissioner, and Woodside native and resident Andrea Massey Shaw were named to the town's Architectural & Site Review Board (ASRB) to fill two vacant seats on the seven-member board.

The Town Council at its Jan. 14 meeting appointed Mr. Livermore to a seat that expires in December 2017, and Ms. Massey Shaw to a seat that expires in December 2015.

The vacant seats had five applicants, four of whom attended the council meeting for public interviews by the council.

Tom Livermore

Mr. Livermore, a resident since 1985, is retired and has a bachelor's degree in art history from Lake Forest College in Illinois and a master's degree in business from Stanford University, according to his ASRB application.

He was on the town's Planning Commission for eight years (2000-08) and chairs the architecture board of the Woodside Hills Homeowners Association.

In the interview, Mr. Livermore commented on the high quality of the residential design guidelines. Councilman Peter Mason asked Mr. Livermore how he would respond when encountering a project he saw as not compatible with a site.

"Good architecture comes in many forms," he said. The keys are massing, proportionality and siting, he said. "They're very important to what the eventual product looks like at the end."

Andrea Massey Shaw

Ms. Massey Shaw grew up in town and hasn't left. "Woodside has been my home for 40 years. I grew up here and now our children will grow up here," she said in her application. She has a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a degree from Inchbald School of Design in London.

"It's gone from being a backwater to a place where people want to be," she said in response to a question from Councilwoman Anne Kasten on how Woodside has evolved. Ms. Massey Shaw said she was particularly pleased with the ASRB's addition of a preliminary conceptual design review to help applicants avoid inadvertently straying from the design guidelines.

Councilman Dave Tanner asked her what she might do if she encountered a project that followed all the guidelines but still "doesn't fit." Ms. Massey Shaw passed on the question, saying that she would not feel comfortable answering without something specific before her.

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