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Association for Preservation Technology International:

Texas Chapter



APT TEXAS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Andrew Billingsley, President & Webmaster, is the Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation and an Assistant Lecturer at Texas A&M University. Throughout his career he has been involved in the preservation, non-destructive evaluation, and documentation of historic sites and structures in the United States and abroad. He holds a M.S. in Architecture at Texas A&M University, with a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation, and a B.S. degree from California State University, Chico in Concrete Industry Management, with a Minor in Business Administration. Andrew is an active member of the Association for Preservation Technology International, the Construction History Society of America, the Archaeological Institute of America, the International Concrete Repair Institute, and the American Concrete Institute. He has also formally held a position on the Board of Directors for the Concrete Preservation Institute, where he was an Instructor and Project Manager for their field school on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California.


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Lorelei Willett, Vice President, works with the Texas Historical Commission under the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program. Her work involves connecting CLGs across the state and training local commissions on important topics like community outreach, preservation planning and design review. She had also served as a senior planner with the City of Houston, and was one of the APT Texas Houston/Galveston Regional Co-Directors prior to moving to Austin. She received a B.A. in History from Texas A&M University before receiving a M.Sc. in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK. Lorelei also serves as the Social Media Coordinator for APT Texas.


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Katie Totman, Treasurer, is a historic preservation specialist with the City of San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), and has been with their office since September 2015. Her role with OHP, along with maintaining the older home in which she lives, has helped Katie develop and grow her love of historic window restoration. Over the past three years, Katie has attended several hands-on wood window restoration workshops, restored the windows on her home, and led several local workshops and courses pertaining to the importance of window restoration and maintenance.


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Racheal Lute, Secretary, is an engineer with Raths, Raths & Johnson and a lecturer in the Historic Preservation graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, all from The University of Texas at Austin. Racheal has 14 years of engineering experience specializing in the areas of rehabilitation and preservation of building enclosures with a focus on evaluating material performance. Her work encompasses many aspects of architectural conservation and rehabilitation, from research to implementation. Her professional experience includes laboratory analysis of construction materials, field investigation, and condition assessment of numerous building types. She specializes in the assessment of concrete and masonry structures providing mitigation strategies for material deterioration. Formerly, she also worked as a consulting engineer for architectural repair and rehabilitation projects in Washington, DC and surrounding Metro areas. She is particularly interested in materials conservation as it pertains to concrete and masonry structures.


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Izabella Nuckels, Immediate Past-President, is an Austin-based architectural conservator. She is a Lecturer in the University of Texas at Austin Historic Preservation graduate program, and Historic Preservation Specialist at Stantec. Izabella holds a BA in Urban Studies with a concentration in architecture from Barnard College, an MS in Historic Preservation with an emphasis in materials conservation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and holds a Professional Associate designation with the American Institute for Conservation. Both of her theses explored the ethics and practicality of preserving the total work of art within the built environment, examining aspects such as space, color, and secondary domestic material culture. Izabella has particular interests in the conservation and preservation of vernacular resources, preventative maintenance, and historic color. 


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APT TEXAS REGIONAL DIRECTORS & LIAISONS

Yung-Ju Kim, Austin Region Co-Director, after working ten years in corporate consulting industry, she shifted her career to architecture where she earned degrees in Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Historic Preservation at the University of Texas at Austin. Her interest includes adaptive reuse, material conservation, and community revitalization with an emphasis on cultural preservation. She is a Fulbright Scholar whose research documented the cultural landscapes and social injustice witnessed during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic development. Yung-Ju is employed at Lord Aeck Sargent and involved in rehabilitation project of the county probate courthouse.


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Jaime Alvarez, Austin Region Co-Director, ...

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Kerry Goelzer, Houston/Galveston Regional Co-Director, is an architect, founder of Kerry Goelzer Associates, an architectural firm focused on historic building renovations, adaptive reuse and rejuvenating urban parks. As a long time Houstonian, she is focused on preserving Houston’s architectural heritage, especially its more recent past. She is an active member of local preservation groups including AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee, Houston MOD, Preservation Houston, Rice Historical Society, and previously served on the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission. She holds a BA and BArch in Architecture from Rice University, and Master in Urban Planning from CCNY-NYC.

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Olivia Tarricone, Houston Regional Co-Director, is a Preservation Architect for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, located in Houston. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a Registered Architect in the State of Pennsylvania. Olivia has been with the National Trust since 2017 where she supports the Preservation Services & Outreach Department, the National Fund for Sacred Places grant program and advocates for quality design services on behalf of The Trust’s partner organizations. Before joining the Trust, she worked in the private sector on a range of projects from large hospitals to small preservation and rehabilitation projects in Philadelphia.

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Priya Jain, Central Texas Regional Co-Director, is a registered architect with 12 years of professional experience working on design and adaptive reuse projects for academic and institutional clients in the United States and India. Currently, an Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, she is engaged in teaching and research that draws from various aspects of historic preservation practice and theory. Previously as a Senior Associate/Historic Preservation Expert at EYP Architecture and Engineering and an Associate at Goody Clancy Architects in Boston, she managed multiple renovations of nationally significant buildings and co-authored a number of Historic Structures Reports and Conservation Master Plans, including those for the Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo and the Jewett Arts Center at Wellesley College. Other notable projects where she has played a leading role include restoration of Trinity Church in Boston and the adaptive reuse of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC for the federal government. Priya has presented at various local, regional and international conferences including the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI), ABX and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.


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David Preziosi, Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Co-Director, has over 25 years of experience in the preservation and planning fields and in 2022 took over as the Executive Director of the Texas Historical Foundation, a nonprofit which works to preserve Texas history by providing grants for projects to nonprofits across the state. Before that, he served as the Executive Director of Preservation Dallas for ten years. While there, he expanded programming and events, increased advocacy efforts, co-developed an Architectural Styles exhibit and booklet, and worked on a mobile app for downtown Dallas. David also worked in Mississippi for 16 years where he was in preservation planning for the historic city of Natchez and was the Executive Director of a statewide nonprofit for historic preservation, which involved education, advocacy, cultural resource survey work, and work to save historic buildings damaged by Hurricane Katrina. David attended Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Environmental Design, a Master of Urban Planning, and a Historic Preservation Certificate. He received his American Institute of Certified Planners designation in 2000 and was accepted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified planners in 2018.


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Nancy McCoy FAIA FAPT, Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Co-Director, is the founding principal of McCoy Collaborative Preservation Architecture. A seasoned preservation architect, she has national experience and recognition gained over thirty-five years of practice managing change in historic buildings. Her experience covers many facets of historic preservation but focuses on a holistic methodology for design that balances contemporary goals with the long-term preservation of the building or place. Projects adapting historic buildings include National Historic Landmarks such as the U. S. Custom House in New York City, the Kansas City Union Station, the Department of the Interior Building, and Fair Park in Dallas. Her work has been recognized with National Trust Honor Awards, state and local awards, and with Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects and the Association for Preservation Technology International. 


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Anna Nau, San Antonio Regional Director, is a preservationist and architectural historian with Ford, Powell & Carson Architects, where she has worked for over a decade. Her experience ranges from conditions assessments and historic structure reports to complex conservation and preservation projects for the Texas Governor’s Mansion, the Alamo, and the churches of the San Antonio Missions. From 2012 to 2015, she served on the writing team for the San Antonio Missions’ successful nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. She holds a BA in Art History from Southwestern University, a MA in architectural history from the University of Virginia, a MSc in architectural conservation from the University of Edinburgh, and recently completed her PhD in architecture from the University of Texas. Her doctoral research examined the role of the architecture profession in the early development of preservation practice in the late 19th and early 20th -century United States. Anna has been a member of APTI since 2011 and served on the local planning committee for the 2016 annual conference in San Antonio.


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Mahyar Hadighi, West Texas Regional Director, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and director of Historic Preservation and Design program at Texas Tech University. Mahyar’s professional background includes education, research, practice, and teaching in both architecture and historic preservation. He received his Ph.D. in architecture from Penn State with a focus on hybridity in architectural design in mid-twentieth-century U.S. college towns. For his master’s degree in historic preservation planning from Cornell University, he concentrated on documenting and analyzing local mid-century domestic architecture. In pursuing his professional Master of Architecture degree, he gained a background in modern practice and contextualization in architectural design. As a practitioner, researcher, and educator, Mahyar concentrates on modernism understood in relation to historical and contemporary contexts: In particular, he documents local adaptations of modern architecture, which he then analyzes via computational design methodologies in order both to preserve them as characteristic of place and to consider them for additional locales and purposes.


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Mitch Ford, Emerging Professional Liaison, is an architectural historian with Cox McLain Environmental Consulting now Stantec in Austin. Working across Texas and neighboring states, Mitch specializes in historic resources surveys, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, historic preservation planning, and HABS/HAER documentation. He holds a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning with a concentration in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Maryland and is currently completing coursework for a certificate in Historic Preservation at the Boston Architectural College. A native of Baltimore, Mitch is interested in the research and preservation of urban neighborhoods, planned communities, cultural/scenic landscapes, as well as mid-century domestic and commercial architecture.


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Cara Quigley, Student Liaison, is a Master of Science in Historic Preservation graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a 2020 graduate of the College of Charleston in South Carolina and holds BA degrees in Historic Preservation + Community Planning and Urban Studies with a concentration in Urban Planning. Born and raised in Galveston, TX, her passion and involvement with preservation activism began at an early age. Her background primarily includes work as a preservation consultant and research assistant in both Texas and South Carolina. Cara is particularly interested in materials conservation, preventative maintenance, and the untold stories of each building's individual history.


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East Texas Regional Director(s) Position OPEN. Email apttexas@gmail.com for inquiries.


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South Texas Regional Director(s) Position OPEN. Email apttexas@gmail.com for inquiries.


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