For the past 30 years, Norman Alston Architects has shown the possibilities that are available when important historic buildings and sites are thoughtfully preserved and equipped for modern, productive use. The firm has completed successful, award-winning restorations, renovations, and additions by demonstrating that preservation is economically advantageous, environmentally responsible and culturally invigorating. Our projects are often catalysts for redevelopment of the surrounding community. Successful projects range from important large structures in large urban areas to numerous small projects in rural communities where professional skills in historic preservation are often assumed to be unavailable. We have experienced first-hand the complexity typical to historic preservation endeavors and have sought to become a resource to help clients simplify a process that can appear daunting, and to confidently address the variety of issues before them.
These special skills have expanded to provide benefits to our non-historic projects as well. Renovations and adaptive reuse of existing structures, a cornerstone of urban redevelopment and sustainable building practices, is our strength. In particular, clients come to us with needs that present unusual technical or regulatory challenges.
Founded in 1989, Norman Alston Architects provides the full range of architectural design, documentation and related services on a wide variety of building types from our offices in Dallas, Texas.
Norman founded Norman Alston Architects 30 years ago to allow him to focus his practice on historic preservation, the fulfillment of his architectural passion. Through his restoration designs, education and advocacy, he seeks to integrate historic buildings into the urban fabric while creating a wider culture of preservation that embraces the unique character of the community’s architectural legacy. As a result of the success of these efforts, he was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2019, an honor shared by only about 4% of the Institute’s membership.
He has personally led preservation planning and restoration efforts on more than 100 historic projects, ranging in size from the very smallest up to $54 million in construction costs.
A 1978 graduate of the University of Texas School of Architecture, Norman Alston has been a registered architect in Texas for more than 38 years. He is qualified under the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualifications Standards 36 CFR Part 61 for historic architecture as well as being certified by the Green Building Certification Institute as a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. .
Norman Alston Architects is a full service architecture and planning practice, offering creative, client-driven design, clear, thoughtful documentation and construction phase services that express years of experience from both the design and construction perspectives.
Additionally, we offer a number of services developed specifically for the needs of historic preservation projects and the successful management of our fragile cultural and historic resources.
Historic Tax Credits
A popular and powerful tool for qualifying historic buildings, this process is nonetheless often beset by misunderstanding and needless apprehension. We have completed numerous successful applications over the past 20 years and can guide projects through this process from the earliest design decisions through the preparation of the Part 3 documentation of a completed project. Consult the Portfolio to see projects that have included historic tax credit applications.
Our services focus on the architectural components of the application for a building to qualify for the tax credits. We are happy to work with client’s legal and accounting professionals to provide information to be used in their consultation, or even to assist clients in identifying experienced professionals in these fields. Norman Alston Architects does not provide legal or accounting consulting services and clients should seek these services to fully understand the applicability and availability of historic tax credits to their particular situation.
Building Condition Assessment
Resource Surveys, Documentation, and Assistance with Determination of Effect
Historic Structures Reports
Historic Materials and Finishes Conservation
Historic American Building Survey Documentation (HABS/HAER).
Federal Section 106 and Section 110 Compliance and/or Mitigation
FHWA Section 4(f) Consulting
Project and Program Management
Maintenance Plan Development
Grant Writing/Fund Raising and Non-Profit Organizational Assistance