Chris Polglase

Chris PolglaseChris brings more than 35 years of experience in cultural resources management and cultural heritage. He is a recognized cultural heritage expert with diverse permitting and impact assessment experience, having managed projects and conducted investigations throughout the Continental United States, the Arctic, the Caribbean/Central America, the Caucasus/Mediterranean/Europe, and Africa. His focus is on the assessment and management of cultural heritage risks, on stakeholder engagement and public outreach, and on the development and implementation of cultural heritage programs that efficiently and effectively meet legal requirements and client needs. Chris joins us from ERM, where he led a cultural heritage team based in Washington, D.C. Prior to his time at ERM, Chris worked for URS and for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates.

Chris is co-author of a Smithsonian Institution publication on the cultural heritage program for BP’s AGT Pipelines ( and has presented papers on cultural heritage management in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Azerbaijan, Chile, Canada, Italy, Tanzania, and Portugal. Chris will be based in Gray & Pape’s Richmond office and work regularly out of the Washington, DC area. He is currently Co-Chair of the Cultural Heritage Section of the International Association for Impact Assessment and the Significance and Valuation Working Group Lead of Leaders in Energy and Preservation (, as well as Past President of the Council for Maryland Archaeology and member of the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute.

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