— Fellow 2023 —

Lurita McIntosh Blank


Research topic

Vertical Timber Framing Practices

Lurita is a Principal with Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc., a national engineering, architecture, and forensics consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.  She is a Registered Architect in multiple states, a Registered Building Envelope Consultant through the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC), a Recognized Professional through the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), and holds of Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. 

 With a 15+ year career in architectural forensics, Lurita’s practice focuses on issues with material degradation, building performance, and water intrusion.   Her expertise includes masonry, heavy timber, and roofing/waterproofing. At RRJ, Lurita leads the historic preservation and federal markets, providing investigation, diagnosis, and repair design for heritage structures across the country.  Her current work includes multiple projects in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, on French colonial vertical log structures.

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