APT Texas is proud to announce our upcoming slate of Executive Committee Officers. The roles of President, Vice President and Secretary are up for re-election every two years, while the Treasurer role is every three. Our current Treasurer, Katie Totman, will continue to serve for another year. We hope that you will join us for our virtual Annual Meeting to cast your vote on March 26th as part of the CHC Symposium: Women in Preservation.
Andrew Billingsley, Current Vice 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.
Lorelei Willett, Current Secretary & Social Media Coordinator, is the State Coordinator of the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program for the Texas Historical Commission. Her work involves connecting CLGs across the state and training local commissions on important topics like community outreach, preservation planning and design review. She also administers the state's CLG grant program the funds preservation projects to communities all over Texas. She was previously a senior planner with the City of Houston in their historic preservation office, and has served as one of the Houston/Galveston and Austin Regional Co-Directors for APTTX. 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.
Racheal Lute, Current Austin Regional Co-Director, is 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 been involved in many aspects of architectural conservation and rehabilitation, from research to implementation. She was actively involved in concrete durability research for over a decade. This included laboratory research and related field work as part of various studies sponsored by TxDOT and the City of Austin. The focus of this research was evaluating the durability of various construction materials, particularly concrete, and developing mitigation techniques for material deterioration. Formerly, she also worked as a consulting engineer for architectural repair and rehabilitation projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region. She is particularly interested in materials conservation as it pertains to concrete and masonry structures.