Cory Buckner is a practicing architect and author in the Los Angeles area. She has a degree in Fine Arts from Chouinard Art Institute and an M.Arch from ULCA. She has also studied landscape architecture at UCLA. The firm, Cory Buckner, Architect, specializes in contemporary residential design and mid-century remodel and restoration projects. In 1994, she and her husband, architect Nick Roberts, purchased a home in Crestwood Hills designed in 1949 by architects A. Quincy Jones, Whitney R. Smith and structural engineer Edgardo Contini. After restoring the house, she spearheaded a preservation movement in the neighborhood, which had at one time 150 houses by Jones, Smith, and Contini as part of a housing cooperative called Mutual Housing Association. Through her efforts 15 of the remaining 30 houses have been designated Historic/Cultural Monuments with the City of Los Angeles. She was awarded the 2002 Los Angeles Preservation Award, “For the inspiring effort to protect and restore the original Mutual Housing Association homes in Crestwood Hills, preserving important examples of Southern California Modernism, and enhancing the sense of community in a unique neighborhood.”
She is the author of A. Quincy Jones, published by Phaidon Press in 2002 and was a finalist for the 2003 Rome Prize. She is currently working on a book on her mentor, architect Frederic P. Lyman, and a book on Crestwood Hills.