BOUDREAUX President Heather Mitchell smiles with Historic Columbia 2023 Preservation Leadership Award Winner Karen Quinn.

Karen Quinn, AIA, LEED AP has been awarded the Preservation Leadership Award from Historic Columbia Foundation in recognition of her exceptional commitment to preserving and revitalizing historic buildings in the Midlands.

An architect and project manager with BOUDREAUX for over 15 years, she has become the firm leader in Historic Preservation shepherding the rehabilitation of numerous historic treasures in Columbia and beyond. Her joy is to restore community treasures, knowing that these efforts will send ripple effects into their surroundings. Her professional body of work and personal commitment to research and preservation techniques has made her the go-to architect for unique challenges.

Preservation Planner with the City of Columbia and past Historic Columbia Foundation’s Preservation Leadership Award winner Amy Moore says, “Karen’s committed approach demonstrates not only an architect’s appreciation for the design and craftsmanship of a structure, but also a real enthusiasm for its cultural history, making her a gratifying preservation partner to work with.” Moore goes on to say, “Karen’s collegial approach as well as her terrific organization and calm demeanor … makes difficult preservation projects much easier for many of us who work together on a building … I know the research, skill, and commitment brought to the building will enrich Columbia’s built history and the City itself.”

Currently, Karen Quinn is project managing The Venues at Arsenal Hill rehabilitation efforts. Working closely with South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) on the Lace House, Caldwell-Boylston House, and Carriage House she is a champion for preservation and sustainable design strategy.

“No question, Karen Quinn is a preservation leader of the highest caliber with the largest heart,” says Heather Mitchell, President of BOUDREAUX.

Karen Quinn’s commitment to service and preservation earned her the Preservation Leadership Award from Historic Columbia Foundation at their annual awards ceremony. Karen was recognized for her exceptional leadership, expertise, and passion for preserving historic buildings and revitalizing communities.

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