Preservation is a tool for making communities more equitable, sustainable, and vibrant. I am always seeking opportunities to connect preservation with other priorities using creative partnerships and out-of-the-box thinking.
Historic Resource Surveys
Character studies are an innovative, effective survey model to quickly and cheaply identify potential historic buildings across neighborhoods, cities, and entire counties. Character studies drastically reduce time and cost, and are particularly useful for informing large-scale planning and focusing expensive detailed historic resource surveys. In 2018, I initiated a citywide historic building scan in Austin that will evaluate more than 55,000 (70%) of the city's 45+ year-old buildings using the character studies model.
I have also surveyed thousands of buildings as part of more traditional historic resource surveys.
Historic Research and Building Evaluations
Effective research tells the stories of buildings, and also the communities and cultures that built, used, and adapted them through time. I have authored National Register nominations, tax credit applications, and historic resource evaluations for residential, industrial, and mixed-use buildings. At the City of Austin, I review demolition applications for potential significance and evaluate proposed projects in local and National Register historic districts. I meet the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards for architectural history.
Preservation plans lay the groundwork for effective, proactive stewardship of a city's older and historic neighborhoods. While working at Page & Turnbull, I was the principal author for Charleston, South Carolina's new preservation plan. The finished plan was recognized with a National Trust Honor Award for its integration of social, economic, and cultural issues. I also completed preservation-based neighborhood plans at PlaceEconomics and SCIDpda.