Courtney Williams, Director of Operations Courtney is from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her hands-on restoration experience ranges from interior painting of private Charleston residences to historic window restoration for the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust in Philadelphia. Before co-founding Cypress, Courtney worked as a GIS specialist at PlaceEconomics, contributing to research on the economic impacts of historic preservation. MS, Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania BA, Historic Preservation and Community Planning, College of Charleston Honors College Michael Shoriak, Director of the Conservation Laboratory Michael is from Gonzales, Louisiana. His work as an archivist at UPenn's architectural archives led him to pursue a concentration in Architectural Conservation. His past experience in a conservation science laboratory allows him to combine an understanding of historic material properties with practical carpentry techniques. Prior to co-founding Cypress Building Conservation, Michael developed a rapid conditions assessment technique for Native American structures, now used by Grand Canyon National Park. Before co-founding Cypress, he was part of a team conducting an architectural survey of the Uptown National Register Historic District in New Orleans. Michael is also an adjunct professor at Tulane University, where he teaches a course on digital documentation for historic preservation within the School of Architecture. MS, Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania -Charles E. Peterson Award, excellence in study of historic building technology MA, Public History, Temple University BA, History, Louisiana State University
Margot Ferster, Conservator Margot is from Middleburg, Virginia. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree in preservation, Margot spent two years as an AmeriCorps member working with home rehabilitation and construction nonprofits in New Orleans. This hands-on experience inspired a love of historic structures and materials that lead her to the field of architectural conservation. Margot most recently finished her graduate practicum work with the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training where she completed a long-term study on the durability of traditional limewash recipes. MPS, Master of Preservation Studies, Tulane University BA, Sociology; Social Policy & Practice, Tulane University