Gavin had been a historic preservation consultant in New York City since 2004. Her projects included work on the New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, and the United Nations Headquarters, as well as the rehabilitation and restoration of numerous residential and commercial developments in historic districts throughout the city.
An Austin native, she graduated from the University of Texas and was an editor at Holt, Rinehart, and Winston for five years prior to pursuing a graduate degree in preservation at Columbia University. Much of her work focuses on the preservation of mid-twentieth century architecture. Her research on the sociopolitical importance of the national Cuban ice cream chain was featured in the 2006 Havana Biennial. She contributed to the discussion of preservation theory and history in the The Preservation of Modern Architecture, and her piece entitled “The Neutra House Returns to Life” appeared in the 2009 Winter issue of Cite.
Gavin says she is excited about the opportunity to return to Austin and become an advocate for the architecture and design community in Texas. “As editor of the magazine, I hope to further develop a dialogue about issues facing the field,” she says, “including topics such as development pressures, sustainability policies, and conservation practices.” Gavin says she is eager to hear from architects across the state about subjects that are relevant to their practices.