About

We have more than 26 years of experience.

Centerway Pan AwardClinton Brown Company Architecture, the full service historic preservation architecture firm, has more than 26 years of experience in collaboratively designing the revitalization of heritage buildings and places, balancing existing conditions, ideal vision and resources across a wide range of successful Historic Preservation projects. As a grant writing firm, we have helped our clients raise more than $31 million for their projects.

We perform specialized professional architectural and project management services in renovation, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and historic preservation projects, with Historic Structure Reports and Building Condition Assessments, Historic Resource/Cultural Resource Surveys, Local Landmark and State/National Registers of Historic Places nominations, Historic Tax Credit Applications and grant writing and administration services for high-quality educational, institutional, governmental, commercial, and individual clients.

Our Team Exceeds Professional Preservation Standards

Our professionals meet and exceed 36 CFR Part 61 Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in Architecture, Heritage Architecture and Architectural History.

Your CBCA project team is well qualified with education and experience in the specialized professional services to serve you well in historic research and historic preservation, adaptive use, architectural design and construction documents, construction contract administration, grant writing and project and grant administration professional services.

How we See the World Differently

We focus on existing and historic buildings and communities where an owner and stakeholders need expert consultation for maintenance, for reinvestment, for designing adaptive new uses and new performance. We work collaboratively for clients and with stakeholders and elected and community leaders at all scales to meet client and community needs. Our work has earned national attention for our clients.

Record of Success

Lister Block, City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada “Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Restoration” Laborers’ International Union of North America DL&W Terminal Public Access Project “Waterfront Rediscovery Award” Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Kibler Senior Housing “Excellence in Historic Preservation Award” Preservation League of New York State “Community Renaissance Award” Niagara Mohawk Company Olmsted Center for Sight Design Award American Institute of Architects

Clinton E. Brown, FAIA

President and Principal

cbca-clinton-brownClinton is a widely recognized leader in historic preservation architecture, community revitalization, and public policy. He brings over 30 years of experience to his work of collaboratively creating new value in heritage buildings and places, closely focusing on each of the firm’s projects.

He earned a BA in Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College, interned at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, and earned his M. Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Clinton is a Heritage Preservation-certified CAP Building Assessor. Two Secretaries of the Interior appointed him a Commissioner of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission. The Governor appointed him a Director of the Richardson Center Corporation Board. He is Vice President of the Board of the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Queenston, Ontario, Canada. He was active in establishing New York’s state historic rehabilitation tax credit program.

Paul Battaglia, AIA

Senior Historic Preservation Architect

cbca-paul-battaglia-aiaPaul has been practicing architecture in Buffalo since 1976, restoring and renovating many of the significant historic buildings of the region including the King Urban Life Center/former St. Mary of Sorrow’s RC Church, Erie County Hall, and the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. He has been teaching lighting and acoustics in the Department of Architecture of the University at Buffalo since 1985, and has recently become an inventor of several acoustical building products. He has joined CBCA to continue his work in architectural preservation and adaptive reuse of buildings with a special concern for good planning and technical expertise.

Hannah Beckman, BA

Historic Preservation Project Assistant

cbca-hannah-beckmanHannah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation from The University of Mary Washington. At CBCA, she supports a wide variety of projects with skills and experience in historic research, survey fieldwork, existing condition building documentation, CAD drafting, and façade improvement programs.

Previously, Hannah interned for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council where she assessed several towns in Pennsylvania for the Creek Towns Program and volunteered with the Erie Center for Design and Preservation, aiding with their survey of historic buildings. 

Alma O'Connell-Brown

Project Administrator/Grant Services

cbca-alma-brownFor over 16 years, Alma has performed project management and coordination and construction contract administration services for CBCA.  Alma performs grant writing and grant administration services and has assisted CBCA clients in raising more than $31.5 million for their historic preservation projects.

She has served as Project and Business Manager for all CBCA Historic Resources Surveys totaling over 15,200 properties and as Project Manager for the past 10 years for the Erie County Commercial Center Improvement Program façade projects for more than 55 small business property owners.

Alma has worked with the Village of Springville since 2003 on façade improvement projects and NY Main funded projects on East & West Main Street. Bishop R. William Franklin appointed her to his Bishop’s Advisory Committee for the Preservation of Our Historic Churches.

Jill Nowicki, BFA, MFA

Historic Preservation Specialist

cbca-jill-nowickiJill brings over ten years of experience in historic preservation project management. She holds a Master of Historic Preservation degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA in Interior Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jill is an award-winning historic preservationist and a Heritage Preservation-certified CAP Building Assessor who specializes in Historic Structure Reports, Investment Tax Credit applications and design consistency with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. She performs historic preservation project management on restoration and rehabilitation projects, including design development, construction documents, and construction contract administration.

Meagan Baco, BA, MSHP

Special Project Consultant

cbca-meagan-bacoMeagan is a preservationist with experience researching, surveying and documenting historic buildings nationwide. She owns and operates Histpres; a nationally popular job board and blog for young preservationists. She is a founding member of Buffalo’s Young Preservationists and Painting for Preservation, amongst other preservation advocacy initiatives. Meagan is a Buffalo Business First 30 Under 30 awardee. She holds a MS in Historic Preservation from Clemson University and the College of Charleston and a BA in Environmental Design from SUNY Buffalo.