Laura Davis, AIA

Historic Preservation Expert Joins BWBR

Laura Davis, AIA, a veteran architect who developed a reputation for historic preservation and restoration through projects such as the Wisconsin State Capitol, recently joined BWBR as a senior project architect.

Davis brings nearly 35 years of experience to the firm.  During this time, she worked on high profile projects such as the restoration and rehabilitation of the 3 wings of the Wisconsin State Capitol as well as reconstruction of the southeast grand staircase and repairs on the capitol dome; exterior restoration of University of Wisconsin’s North and South halls, the two oldest buildings on campus; rehabilitation of the Circus World Train Shed operated by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin; and rehabilitation of the YWCA headquarters, a landmark 12-story building located on the Capitol Square in Madison.

Her work has earned a number of awards, including a 2012 Historic Preservation Award from the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation for masonry and window restoration work at the UW-Madison North and South Halls; A 2012 Project of Distinction from Associated Builders and Contractors for the restoration and renovation of Wisconsin State Capitol; A 2012 Citation for Distinguished Services from AIA-Wisconsin for masonry repairs on the Joseph J. Stoner House in Madison; and a 2009 Outstanding Project Award from the American Fisheries Society for work on the Wild Rose Fish Hatchery in Wild Rose, Wis.

In 2010, her firm also received the Historic Preservation Award from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for overall dedication to preservation work.

“Laura brings a wealth of knowledge that expands our ability to help organizations imagine how they can elevate the performance of their spaces while also preserving the character that makes those spaces community assets,” said Peter G. Smith, AIA, president and CEO of BWBR.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Davis is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation, the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation; and WasteCap Wisconsin, a non-profit that provides waste reduction and recycling assistance to businesses.

Davis works from BWBR’s Madison office.