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O'Byrne's firm designed the conversion of this former historic house in the French Quarter into condominiums. Her team's efforts to honor the building's historic elements paid off: In January, the project won an award of merit for historic preservation fr

Perez, APC was working on a renovation of the Ascension Parish Governmental Complex in Gonzales, La., when Katrina hit. The firm finished the project in May 2006.

"My own firm lost 23 of the 25 projects we were working on," says Angela O'Byrne, president of Perez, APC in New Orleans.

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