Racheal Lute


Racheal Lute is a lecturer in the Historic Preservation Program at UTSOA. She teaches Materials Conservation: Field Methods (ARC 385T). This course provides an introduction to architectural materials conservation, with a focus on on-site investigation and condition assessment of historic structures. Deterioration mechanisms of historic materials and selection of appropriate rehabilitation strategies are also covered. 

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.

Racheal is also an Austin-based engineer working for the engineering and architecture firm Raths, Raths & Johnson. Formerly, she 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. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
Racheal Lute

Office:  WMB 3.112B

  • Condition Assessment of Historic Structures
  • Concrete Conservation and Repair
  • Concrete Durability
  • Architectural Materials Conservation
  • Building Enclosures

Architectural Conservation:  Field Methods

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