The Rocky Mountain Chapter is pleased to welcome some new faces to the board: Cat Brown, Michelle Chichester, and Nicole Lane.
Architectural Project Coordinator
Cat’s passion for historic preservation and design led her to receive a dual masters in Architecture
and Historic Preservation at the University of Colorado Denver. While at UCD, Cat got her initial
exposure to preservation in Colorado and the western region while working with the Center of
Preservation Research and the Colorado Center for Community Development. Currently, Cat resides
at HDR as an Architectural Project Coordinator, working on the restoration and renovation of the
Wyoming State Capitol. Additionally, Cat has several years of experience working with a range of
existing buildings, including single family residential, civic, science and technology, as well as
developing Historic Structures Assessments and documentation research. These experiences and
additional opportunities as a reviewer for CPI’s Endangered Places program has increased her
passion for preservation and the existing built environment.
By serving on the APT board Cat hopes to help expand involvement and support of preservation in this region.
With recognition of new technologies and sustainable building practices Cat believes our built
environment can be resilient, efficient, and most importantly, maintain and strengthen the integrity
of the historic context and character.
Historic Preservation Specialist
State Historical Fund
Michelle Chichester is a Historic Preservation Specialist with the History Colorado State Historical
Fund. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design (with an emphasis in Architecture)
from the University of Colorado ‐ Boulder in 2007, and Master of Science in Historic
Preservation from University of Colorado ‐ Denver in 2013. After graduating from CU‐Boulder,
Michelle started an internship with the Mountains/Plains Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, working mostly with the Barn Again! program. In 2008, she began working with
Colorado Preservation, Inc. on cultural resource surveys, and later managing a number of grant
funded projects. Over the course of six years, she worked on a number of projects including: a survey
of homesteading sites in southeast Colorado, a survey of Phillips County, the reconstruction of
buildings at the Amache Relocation Center, and the rehabilitation of Montezuma Valley National
Bank Building in Cortez. Since joining the State Historical Fund, in 2014, Michelle has transitioned
from working with contracts and financial reports, to now being the Historic Preservation Specialist in
the Southeast Region. In this role, she assists grantees in successfully completing their grant funded
projects according to State Historical Fund policies and guidelines, as well as the Secretary of the
Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Nicole Lane, PE, SE, an Associate at Martin/Martin Inc., is passionate about the continued use of our
built environment. With over 17 years of experience as a structural engineer, Nicole’s expertise
includes investigating and designing repairs for structural failures, design for stabilization,
restoration, reconstruction, and adaptive reuse, and historic structure assessments. Recent historic
projects include the structural design for the adaptive reuse of Treat Hall (now called Centennial Hall)
at the Johnson & Wales campus and the restoration of the Parker Consolidated School building. She
is committed to historic preservation and current serves on the City of Lakewood Historic