Nancy McCoy






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Nancy is a seasoned preservation architect with national experience and recognition gained over 35 years of practice. Her experience in adapting historic buildings for continued and long-term use includes many National Historic Landmarks such as the U.S. Custom House in New York, the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, D.C., Kansas City Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, and Fair Park and the Dallas County Administration Building (School Book Depository) in Dallas, Texas.

Nancy seeks to sensitively and creatively manage change in historic buildings, making them flexible and viable for the future while protecting their character and materials for future generations. Driven by a desire to avoid waste and to reuse what exists, she combines a love of history with a belief that people benefit from the context and scale provided by historic buildings. A connection with and appreciation of our past serves to propel us to build equally well or better in the future.

Her work has been recognized with National Trust Honor Awards and many state and local awards. The American Institute of Architects and the Association for Preservation Technology International have recognized her work by inducting her into each organization’s College of Fellows. She also serves in the U.S. General Services Administration’s Design Excellence program as a peer reviewer for historic preservation.

Nancy is highly regarded as a preservation architect who has co-authored Architecture That Speaks—a book focused on buildings at Texas A&M University, is active in national and local professional organizations. She has received community service awards, including Preservation Dallas’ Dorothy Savage Award and Dallas Historical Society’s Award for Excellence history.

Get to know Nancy

What do you like to do outside of work?

Historic preservation is a life, not a profession! However, in addition to that, I enjoy fine art, parrots of any kind, cooking and cooking television shows, traveling, and playing games with family.

What is your favorite quote?

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

What is on your bucket list?

To advocate for children in the state foster care system, volunteer more time to the places and organizations in Dallas I love, like Fair Park or the Charles Stevens Dilbeck Architecture Conservancy, to write a book on the history of historic preservation in Texas, and to “finish” making my home all it’s meant to be!

Notable projects

Hall of State Improvements & Emergency Stone Repairs

Dallas, TX

Dallas County “Old Red” Courthouse Rehabilitation

Dallas, TX

Photo of the Dallas County Administration Building with a tree and monument in the foreground.

Dallas County Administration Building Condition Assessment

Dallas, TX

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