NEWPORT, R.I. – Helen Johnson, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in cultural and historic preservation from Salve Regina in 2007, has been named a historic preservation specialist at Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects, based in Providence.
In her position, Johnson assists with conditions assessments, feasibility studies, historic building reports, CAD documentation and technical drawings for DBVW’s landmark historic preservation projects.
She gained experience in the field at some of the country’s most respected preservation organizations such as Partners for Sacred Places, The Center for Historic Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration, Preservation Action, and our very own Preserve Rhode Island, where she assisted a coalition of preservation organizations in creating a web portal for Rhode Island residents who are interested in appropriately, effectively, and economically weatherizing their homes.
In addition to her degree from Salve Regina, she has a master of science in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Johnson was raised in Northern Virginia, a short distance from the historic sites of Monticello, Mount Vernon, and Jamestown. She cites her childhood visits to these sites as one reason for her lifelong interest in history and “the lasting effect history has on our lives, particularly through architecture.”