RRJ announces the promotion of its new Principal

Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. (RRJ), an architecture, engineering and forensics consulting firm headquartered in Willowbrook, Illinois, is pleased to announce the promotion of Lurita McIntosh Blank, NCARB, RBEC, REWC, RRC, RWC, APT RP to Principal.  The promotion of the new Principal is part of the leadership expansion of this 56-year old forensic consulting firm.  As Principal, she will be responsible for project leadership across the firm’s architectural practice, with an emphasis on historic preservation and restoration and client development leadership to support the firm’s strategic growth plan.

“Lurita is an expert architect with exceptional problem solving and leadership skills.  Her passion for historical preservation continues to expand RRJ’s architectural offerings,” said Kurt R. Hoigard, P.E., SCEB, F.ASTM. “Her contributions to our firm have enabled us to enter new markets, and we are proud to promote her to Principal.”

Lurita joined RRJ in 2018 as a seasoned architect with 14 years of architectural experience specializing in building enclosure consulting in the areas of masonry conservation, facade restoration, roofing and waterproofing investigation and repair design, and enclosure consulting and commissioning for new construction.  She also consults on related enclosure performance issues involving historic restoration design, adaptive reuse, and historic preservation.

Lurita’s architectural career began in Kansas City in 2007 with an inter-disciplinary forensic engineering firm.  She later moved to New York City to engage her passion for historic preservation in a broader forensic practice where she specialized in the project management of historic restoration, enclosure, roofing and waterproofing consulting.

Lurita is a licensed architect in 5 states and a Registered Building Enclosure Consultant with the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants.  She is an active member of the Association for Preservation Technology International where she is currently the Treasurer for the association and the Vice President of the Western Great Lakes Chapter.  Most recently, Lurita was accepted as an APT Recognized Professional, the organization’s formal recognition of achievement for professionals in historic preservation.