Director | Board of Directors
Austin joined the Board of Directors in March 2019, bringing not only a passion and knowledge for Detroit's historic architecture, but also media and political connections and writing expertise. He is a senior account executive at Van Dyke-Horn Public Relations and previously served as the City of Detroit's No. 2 communications official under Mayor Mike Duggan. He also spent 12 years in newspapers, including a decade as an editor and columnist at the Detroit Free Press. Since 2011, Austin has run the online architectural resource HistoricDetroit.org, and he also has authored three books on Detroit's buildings and landmarks -- "Lost Detroit," "Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit" and "Greetings from Detroit," with a fourth on the way. When not dabbling in architecture, he DJs and runs the Motor City Soul Club, which he founded in 2014. The longtime Detroiter is a proud resident of District 7's Aviation Sub neighborhood.