Tere O’Connell started O’Connell Architecture, LLC in 2015, bringing with her an extensive portfolio of experience including projects at the Governor’s Mansion, the Elisabet Ney Museum, and numerous historic courthouse restorations around Central Texas. She is proficient with local, state, and federal historic preservation programs and policies including the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, and maintains a strong rapport with the Texas Historical Commission and the Historic Landmark Commission of Austin. Tere identifies how to increase the longevity of a property in a way that best meets the needs and expectations of the present owner, with mindful consideration of the contribution the building makes to the community in which it stands. In her role with clients and project teams she focuses on design, building-system performance, life-cycle costs, and functionality. She occasionally functions as Preservation Architect for larger design teams with projects in the Austin area. Tere is skillful at helping clients articulate vision and define priorities, and finding design solutions that respect the building’s integrity and beauty.
Tere has spent her entire 30+ year architectural career focused on the preservation of historic Texas properties. Having grown up in Austin, she is engrained in the history of the city, and is a passionate supporter in preserving its heritage. Through active involvement in Preservation Austin, local museum and arts organizations, participation in community events, and mentorship to young preservationists, she plays in important role in the future of preservation.
Tere is grounded in the spirit of loving where you live, and a belief in doing good work for your community.