Austin Foundation for Architecture - Women in Preservation Architecture

Women in Preservation Architecture

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 5-6:30 p.m. CST | Zoom

This event is free and open to the public; CE credit available with a paid ticket (1 LU/HSW). Zoom links for free registrants will be distributed via email on the day of the event.


Preservation Austin presents Women in Preservation Architecture, in partnership with AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture. In this virtual talk, you will hear from some of Austin’s most accomplished women in preservation architecture on their Preservation Merit Award-winning projects and the unique challenges of working at the intersection of these two distinct fields.

Speakers include Ellen Colfax of Austin Parks and Recreation Department speaking on PARD’s rehabilitation of the Shipe Park Shelter House in Hyde Park, a 1930s dogtrot style log cabin built during a surge of park development in the 1930s. Colfax will discuss the process of rehabilitating the building’s shake roof and log walls and the challenges of finding qualified contractors trained in the treatment of historic materials. 

Tere O’Connell of O’Connell Architecture, LLC will speak on her restoration work at the Buaas House, the stately 1902 home of John Otto and Alma Buaas located in West Austin. O’Connell, along with J. Pinnelli Company, undertook an extensive restoration of the home that included an upgrade to the building’s thermal performance which balanced the need for sensitivity to the historic fabric and the modern needs of building occupancy. 

Holly Arthur, Emily Little, and Delia Meave will present on their work at The Commodore Perry Estate as members of Clayton Korte’s women-led project team. Arthur, Little, and Meave will speak to their work of bringing new life to the 1920s Italian Renaissance Revival home, now a private club and hotel, and the challenges of meticulously planning for new building systems integration while respecting the structure’s historic fabric. 

This one-hour lecture will be followed by a Q&A with speakers.

Image: Chase Daniel

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