Izabella Z. Nuckels holds a BA in Urban Studies with a concentration in architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MS in Historic Preservation with an emphasis in materials conservation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Both of her theses explored the ethics and practicality of preserving the total work of art within the active built environment. She has spent over a decade working in objects conservation and historic preservation in Texas and the Southwest. Izabella has particular interests in adaptive resuse, preservation education, historic color, developing strategies for preventative maintenance, and preserving vernacular historic resources. She has spoken at conferences nationally and internationally about her work in Texas and is an active member of the local preservation community, currently holding the position of President of the Texas Chapter of the Association of Preservation Technology. Izabella teaches Materials Conservation: Laboratory Methods in the UTSOA Historic Preservation Program.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies (Concentration in Architecture), Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Master of Science in Historic Preservation (Emphasis in Materials Conservation), The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
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  • Historic Finishes
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Conserving Vernacular Architecture
  • Preservation Education