The Northwest Vernacular team is small, but mighty. We all exceed the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications (Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61) in Architectural History, and each bring a unique skill set and perspective on preservation. We have excellent working relationships with other specialists, and can assemble and lead a team to meet the needs of most projects.


Katie Pratt

Katie received an MS in historic preservation from the University of Oregon in 2009 and has a BA in history from Whitworth University. Katie loves the field of historic preservation because it encourages the protection and celebration of the tangible aspects of history. Her work draws people, place, and history together and hopefully raises awareness about their inherent value. When she’s not researching or writing about historic properties, Katie enjoys a good ferry ride, trying new restaurants with her husband, and looking up historic house plans and “kit houses” on Pinterest.


Spencer Howard

Spencer received an MS in historic preservation from the University of Oregon in 2001 with a concentration in preservation technology and design, and has a BA in German and Spanish from the University of Oregon. Having grown up in Eastern Oregon and after living several years in Europe, Spencer returned to the Pacific Northwest with renewed appreciation for the region’s heritage to study historic preservation. His work delves into the analytical side of how historic preservation can strengthen sustainability, policy, and community character. When he is not climbing through historic buildings or pouring over historic maps, Spencer enjoys road trips with his wife, wood working, and concocting new home brews.