As vice president of a city and regional planning firm, she co-authored architectural and historic studies and design guidelines across urban and rural North and South Carolina.  Early in her career, she co-authored the historic properties survey of coastal Hyde County, North Carolina, and participated in the initial historic survey of Ocracoke Island.

Diane served as Preservation Editor for Spectator Magazine from the mid-eighties to the early nineties and was Design Editor for METRO Magazine from 1999 to 2011.  Sample articles include  The house that mom builtA Modernist Phoenix Arises, and New Southern Modernism Blends Tradition, Environmental Concerns (Used by permission of METRO Magazine)

She was a major contributor to the book A Richer Heritage: Historic Preservation in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Robert Stipe.

Centered on the philosophy of building a strong regional, national and international network, NC Estates enhances its marketing services as the exclusive member of the Estates Club, which publishes Leading Estates of the World magazine.

From her vacation home on the North Carolina Outer Banks in Buxton, Diane writes a monthly blog.  She features Hatteras Island historic landmarks and the activities and personalities that give the coastal community its distinctive character and charm.