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Alaina Gunter

Emerging Professional Director

Alaina Gunter, is a recent graduate of the

Master of Architecture program at the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public

Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. Before receiving her Masters, she gained

her BFA in Theatre Performance from University of Houston and worked for various

non-profits, including serving two terms with AmeriCorps. While she learned a lot from

this work, her love of architecture and historic buildings lured her back to school. While

at UTA, she worked for two and a half years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the

History of Architecture and Interiors classes. She also completed coursework in Historic

Preservation and participated in research on the Victorian architecture of Galveston,

Texas. She won an honorable mention at the 2023 UTA Justice, Equity, Diversity, and

Inclusion (JEDI) awards for her research on strategies for revitalizing historic

downtowns via the Main Street Program.

After graduation she joined Komatsu Architecture in Fort Worth, where she is part of the

Historic Preservation Studio. She works mostly on restoring historic Texas courthouses,

which allows her to study the wide range of construction techniques and materials used

from the Victorian era to the 1970s. She has experience with master planning,

conditions assessments, and has written several grants for the Texas Historic

Courthouse Preservation Program run by the Texas Historical Commission. She is

currently working toward becoming a licensed architect.

Alaina Gunter
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