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Board of Directors

Nicky DeFreece Emery, President, has been practicing in the fields of architectural history, historic preservation and architectural conservation for over 15 years. She is the founder of Adaptǀre:Adapt Preservation and Conservation, LLC, and is a Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs. Previous positions have included Senior Architectural Historian and Conservator at URS/LopezGarcia Group, Conservator at Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture, and Conservator at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where she specialized in the study of Art and Architectural History.  She continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation, with a concentration in building materials conservation, and at the University of Texas at Arlington where she earned a Master of Architecture. Nicky has performed conservation and preservation work in the majority of U.S. regions, including Save America’s Treasures and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Nicky is active in the Association for Preservation Technology International, and is Vice President of the APT Texas chapter. She is also an active member of the American Institute for Conservation, the US Green Building Council, the American Institute for Architects Dallas Chapter, and Preservation Dallas shnicky2@yahoo.com

Nicky DeFreece Emery, President

Doris Eichburg, Vice-President, is an APTI member and principal at Building Diagnostics, Inc., an Austin engineering firm, where she specializes in analyzing construction failures and developing solutions for historic structures as well as commercial, residential and institutional facilities. Doris has a Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering and Project Management from UT Austin and currently participates in research conducted at the ‘The Durability Lab’ – a testing center established by Building Diagnostics at UT Austin. Doris is an active APTI member, and is the formal Co-Director of the APT Texas Austin Region. During the past two years, Doris and Co-Chair John Kisner have organized APT Texas social events and a lecture on the history of cast concrete. In addition to APT, Doris is a member of the Austin Association of Facility & Maintenance Engineers, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and Building Enclosure Council (BEC). deichburg@buildingdx.com

Doris Eichburg, Vice-President

Bob WardenTreasurer, is a Professor and the Interim Head of the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University. He is also the former Director of the College of Architecture’s Center for Heritage Conservation, has been involved in heritage conservation work, both nationally and internationally since 1986. He practiced as an architect in Philadelphia at the firms of Mitchell Giurgola and Jordan Mitchell, while lecturing in the Architectural Engineering Dept. at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Warden joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1994. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in design and architectural theory while directing research in heritage conservation. The focus of his heritage conservation work has been in the development of methods for interpreting historic structures for architectural, historical, and engineering studies. Some notable buildings and sites he has studied include the Alamo, Alcatraz, Cathedral St. Just in Narbonne, France, National Landmarks of Fort Pulaski and Montezuma Castle, and the WWII D-Day site at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France. He holds an M.A. in philosophy from the University of New Mexico, an M. Arch from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. r-warden@tamu.edu

Bob Warden, Treasurer

Andrew Billingsley, Secretary, is an Assistant Lecturer at Texas A&M University and has been involved in the preservation, non-destructive evaluation, and documentation of historic sites and structures for nearly ten years. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Chico in Concrete Industry Management, with a Minor in Business Administration, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Architecture at Texas A&M University, with a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation. Andrew is an active member of the Association for Preservation Technology International and is the Secretary of the APT Texas chapter, as well as the Director of the Central Texas Region of APT. He is also currently a member of the Archaeological Institute of America, and a former member of the International Concrete Repair Institute and the American Concrete Institute, as well as a former member of the Board of Directors at the Concrete Preservation Institute. Andrew has been involved with research and projects that included the non-destructive evaluation of concrete bunkers at the WWII D-Day landing site at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France; the digital documentation of Mayan sites, structures, and artifacts in the Blue Creek area of Belize; the digital documentation of cultural heritage sites in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy; and was an Instructor and Project Manager for the Concrete Preservation Institute field school on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California for five summers. abillingsley@tamu.edu


Immediate Past President

Frances Gale, Past President, is an architectural conservator with over thirty-year’s experience in preserving historic buildings and monuments. She earned a Master of Science in historic preservation from Columbia University in New York City. Currently, Fran is a Senior Lecturer and Conservation Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Previous positions have included Architectural Conservator and Training Director for the National Park Service and Director of Technical Services for AMT Laboratories and Prosoco, Inc. Fran’s recent consulting projects include Union Terminal in Cincinnati, the University of Virginia Rotunda, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in New York, and the Matagorda Island Lighthouse in Texas. She is an active member of the Association for Preservation Technology International, and is President of the APT Texas chapter. Fran has served on the APT Board of Directors and was elected to the APT College of Fellows in 2010. Fran also is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works since 1987 and served as Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation for 15 years.

Frances Gale, Past President

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