Catherine Montgomery, AIA President and Founder


Catherine Montgomery AIA is President and Founder of the Preservation and Design Studio. After nearly 25 years in public service, in both Oklahoma and the Washington DC area, she has turned her attention to building the PandDS into a leader in the Architecture and Design professions and the Construction Administration industry. Her natural leadership and design skill and ability combined with acquired knowledge of and relationships within the Historic Preservation industry has made her a sought after resource across the country.

Catherine served the University of Maryland selecting, negotiating contracts with, and managing Architecture/Engineering (A/E) teams. Her private practice experience in Washington DC includes the renovation of the National Press Building, Mechanical Systems Renovation at the historic Marine Commandant’s Quarters, and the dismantling of the Navy Yard Power Plant.

During her years with the Oklahoma Historical Society, Catherine served the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) as the Historic Preservation Architect and Preservation Tax Incentives Coordinator, followed by serving as the Director of Construction and Maintenance for Museums and Sites. She has consulted for over $250 million in Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) compliance and certified preservation tax incentives projects including the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City.

Catherine is a Licensed Architect and Registered Interior Designer. She currently serves on the boards for the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAOK) and the Professional Advisory Board of the OU School of Architecture. She has previously served as president of the board for AIA COC, served on the board of the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture and has been a mentor for GirlTech at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. In 2007, along with other architects and historians, she co-authored "Celebrate 100: An Architectural Guide to Central Oklahoma". She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, and graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design and a minor in economics.