Senior Associate | Preservationist | Project Manager

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B. Arch, Tulane University; M.S. Historic Preservation, Columbia University
Joined studioWTA in 2006

With over 13 years of experience in the architectural and preservation fields, Toni’s design focus at studioWTA includes the adaptive reuse, expansion, and rehabilitation of historic buildings. Her expertise also covers materials conservation and historic tax credit applications and research, and she is deeply involved in every historic renovation or adaptive reuse project the studio collaborates on. As a preservationist, she believes new architecture in historic contexts should respect the context and fabric of a site by being sensitive to the significant historic characteristics, but clearly of its own time. The goal of a preservationist is to “inform progress,” rather than place a moratorium on new, innovative design. Toni strives to create built environments that make people’s day-to-day lives better.

Toni values the collaborative approach found at studioWTA—collaboration with her coworkers, with her contractors and craftspeople, and with her clients—finding it especially valuable when looking for solutions to issues or conditions discovered during construction.

New Orleans offers preservationists like Toni a built fabric unlike any other in the United States. In addition to allowing her to pursue her interests in the design field, New Orleans is Toni’s hometown—Toni’s Master’s Degree thesis at Columbia GSAPP was a study involving the preservation of public housing in post-Katrina New Orleans, which earned her the Robert C. Weinberg Award for Excellence in Preservation Planning + Design. She finds it fulfilling to be able to spend her working hours improving the city she loves.

Toni was the Managing Editor of the Future Anterior Journal of Historic Preservation, Theory and Criticism during her time in graduate school, and was the founding president and a board member of the Louisiana Chapter of DOCOMOMO US, the local chapter of a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement worldwide. She recently joined actLAB, the collaborative studio working at the intersection of design, research, and social advocacy, as an historic preservation advisor.

Photo by Zack Smith Photography