Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Donna Carter

DONNA D. CARTER, FAIA is President of CARTER DESIGN ASSOCIATES, an architectural, planning and restoration firm in Austin, Texas.  Her practice is focused on projects combining revitalization, historic preservation and new construction within a complete community context.

Ms. Carter's civic activities include service on numerous Austin planning and development task force committees and commissions.  She has authored several master plan and guideline documents balancing preservation, economic viability and community development.  Results oriented, she co-chaired a community led downtown revitalization implementation plan RUDAT A Call… to Action and was an original member of the Mueller Development Implementation Commission.  Statewide service includes past service on the Texas Historical Commission, Past Chair of the State Board of Review and a Fellow of the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University.

As a civic leader she has held volunteer and board positions for non-profit health care providers and social service advocates since 1986, serving in board and board appointed positions for Austin’s Seton Family of Hospitals from 1996 until 2016 and Austin ECHO.  She has recently finished 2 terms on the board of Huston Tillotson University and currently serves on the board of AIA Austin.

Donna and her firm, have received numerous design and preservation awards including A TSA Design Award and Preservation Texas Award for the Restoration of the Texas and Pacific Terminal Waiting Room in Fort Worth.

Donna is a Registered Architect and Interior Designer and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.  She completed her Masters of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and holds a B. A. from Yale University.  She was a Ford Foundation Scholar at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.