Christy Johnson McAvoy

Founding Principal


MA, Humanities/Architectural History, California State University, Dominguez Hills; BA, American Social and Cultural History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Work Experience/History

Historic Resources Group (since 1989); Johnson Heumann Research Associates; Johnson Research Associates

Areas of Focus

Preservation Planning, Resource Evaluation, Historic Resource Surveys, Historic Preservation Incentives, Landmark Nominations, Environmental Review: CEQA and Section 106, Community Outreach and Preservation Education

Selected Awards and Honors

Downtown Women’s Center “Angel”, 2011; American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles, Historic Preservation Award, 2007; Los Angeles City Historical Society, David G. Cameron Award, 2010; Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects, California Council, 1998; Downtown Women’s Center, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Honor Award, 2011; Egyptian Theatre, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Honor Award, 2000; Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Honor Award, 1995; National Trust for Historic Preservation Advisor Emeritus; California Preservation Foundation, President 1989-1991; Los Angeles Conservancy, President, 2001-2002 and Preservationist of the Year, 1994.

Favorite Project at HRG

We’ve been very privileged to participate in a number of successful preservation projects. A few, like Fox Studios and the Annenberg Community Beach House, have received a lot of recognition. I particularly like those which marry preservation and people—our work in affordable housing like Mary Andrews Clark YWCA, the Downtown Women’s Center, and St. Andrews Bungalow Courts.

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