I am an Architectural Historian with O’Connell Architecture where I research historic properties for local landmark and National Register status.  I assist with project management on particular buildings by interfacing with clients and vendors.   I received a Bachelor of Journalism from UT Austin and an MS in Historic Preservation from UT Austin’s School of Architecture.  My thesis explored an experimental housing project in Austin that studied the comfort and livability of postwar houses in warm climates, testing the performance of the buildings’ primary materials, brick and structural clay tile.   Selected as a Student Scholar for the 2018 Association for Preservation Technology in Buffalo, NY, I shared my observations and conclusions with fellow preservationists and attendees.  Before returning to school, I enjoyed a successful career in fundraising, specifically for nonprofits with a focus on preservation.  Most recently, I was Director of Development for the Paramount Theatre in Austin and worked with a team to raise over $3 million annually to support the historic theatre’s preservation and education programs.  I am currently President-elect of Preservation Austin and Regional Co-director of APT Texas.

I enjoy exploring the ways in which historic buildings can be rehabilitated and used to enhance the richness and texture of our cities and maintain the unique character that defines the heart and soul of every vibrant community. 


  • The University of Texas at Austin Master of Science in Historic Preservation, 2018
  • The University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Journalism, 1982
  • Amarillo College Associates of Liberal Arts, 1980


photo of Lori Martin