Lurita McIntosh Blank

Lurita McIntosh Blank

Lurita McIntosh Blank, RA, REWC, RRC

Project Manager

Lurita McIntosh Blank has a background in historic preservation and was awarded Masters of Science in Historic Preservation, building materials conservation concentration, from Columbia University in 2007. She has been practicing as a building enclosure consultant for the last ten years, focusing on preservation and performance of historic facades and roofing and waterproofing consulting. Her high-profile projects have included masonry restoration at two state capitols, work at seven National Historic Landmarks, and façade restoration projects for dozens of National Register and National Register-eligible properties. Currently, Lurita is a project manager with WPM Engineering, PC, in New York City.

If you had to choose a different career, what would it be?
Electrician. The first thing I ever wanted to do “when I grew up” was to be an electrician. Obviously, I had no idea what that meant when I was four, but now — I think I would have made a great electrician. I guess it can be always be Plan B.
What’s the best advice you’ve received—so far?
Advice from a high school teacher: "Always have a plan. It doesn’t have to be a good plan or the right plan. Just have a plan that keeps you moving forward — you can always adjust course along the way.”
What gives you the most satisfaction in your work?
The problem solving process and “who dunnit” nature of Diagnostics work is very rewarding. The challenges are always something new and interesting…and often also frustrating.
What’s your favorite way to pass time?
I am a prolific reader of scientific history non-fiction. I was introduced to the topic of the history of science by an allegedly boring required undergrad course, and it opened a new world for me. The development and advancement of construction, medicine, space exploration, and atomic power are fascinating subjects.


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“Weatherproofing the Building Enclosure: Deck Ventilation as a Retrofit Roofing Solution.” Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing / WC Architect Magazine, May 2016. 

“Replacing a Failed Building Enclosure: A Challenging Canadian Case Study.”  Proceedings of the 2015 RCI Building Envelope Symposium, Nashville, Tennessee, 9-10 November 2015. 

“Historic Masonry Restoration and Design-Build: Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.” Proceedings of the 2015 12th North American Masonry Conference, Denver, Colorado, 18-20 May 2015. 

“Dastardly Details, Terrible Transitions, and Wicked Waterproofing: What Happens When Nothing Works Right.”  SWRI Applicator, Winter 2015 issue.

“Not-So-Pretty in Pink: Death of a Thin-Stone Veneer.”  Proceedings of the 2014 RCI Building Envelope Symposium, Tampa, Florida, 20-21 October 2014.