Laura Purvis

Architectural Historian

Piedmont Community College, A.A. Liberal Arts

College of William and Mary, B.A. Art History

University of Virginia, M.A. Architectural History



Architectural Historian

Laura Purvis is an architectural and art historian holding a M.A. in Architectural History with a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia and B.A. in Art History focusing on museum practices and cultural landscapes from the College of William and Mary. Her professional and academic background includes a wide range of projects from documenting rocket test facilities at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to community and building recording projects throughout Virginia and within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Having worked across the non-profit, public, and private sectors, she is experienced in communicating project goals, procedures, and timelines to a variety of audiences and looks forward to working with you on your next project.


At CRA, Laura serves as an Architectural Historian based in the company’s Richmond, Virginia, office specializing in National Register Nominations, field survey, community histories, and cultural landscapes. Her previous research focused on enslaved Virginians’ built legacy from the nineteenth century and the communities that developed throughout the twentieth century. Immediately after completing graduate school, she worked for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, within preservation planning. She taught architectural and art history at the university level, leading students in building documentation projects and other community-based research opportunities. Laura served as an independent consultant while teaching and has completed National Register Nominations in collaboration with historians in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.


Outside of work, you can probably find Laura where there’s hiking, art, live music, or good coffee. She is always game for a random road trip and continues to maintain a small visual art and dance practice.