Lecturer

Racheal 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 holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, all from The University of Texas at Austin. Her professional experience encompasses many aspects of architectural conservation and rehabilitation, from research to implementation. She is also a Research Fellow in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. Racheal’s engagement in concrete durability research spans over a decade. This includes laboratory research and related field work as part of various studies sponsored by entities such as TxDOT and the City of Austin. The goal of such research is to evaluate the durability of various construction materials, particularly concrete, and develop mitigation techniques for material deterioration. Formerly, she also 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. 
 

Education

  • 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
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  • condition assessment of historic structures
  • concrete conservation and repair
  • concrete durability
  • architectural materials conservation