Dr. AnnaMarie R. Bliss is a Lecturer in Architecture teaching design studios, foundational design principals, history and theory, and research methods for environmental designers. Her scholarship concentrates on the socio-spatial and haptic aspects of preservation design triggering changes in the environmental perception of users. Dr. Bliss’s research engages tourist-historic places with special emphasis on the effects of adaptation to historically significant sites. Her efforts focus on transient and visiting populations who interact with the world’s most treasured places of significance. She has developed photo methods for architecture and tourism and writes on ethical research practices in design scholarship, the subjects of her recent publications. Dr. Bliss has been awarded national recognitions for her work including the Alpha Rho Chi Medal of Honor, the P.E.O Scholar Award, and the King Medal for Excellence and the Dissertation Award from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.

Dr. Bliss holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her doctoral work entitled, “The future of the historic city from perceptions of the past: Experience of place, authenticity, preservation in Barcelona.” She received her professional Master of Architecture degree from Kansas State University. In practice, she works as a historic preservation designer focusing on adaptive reuse and restoration of National Register properties, rehabilitation of historic governmental properties, and downtown revitalizations. Dr. Bliss’s current work investigates tourists as transient users of significant historic sites and examines the efficacy of using images and social and alternative media as a means for research in historic preservation and architectural design. She is the co-editor of the book Place Meaning and Attachment: Authenticity, Heritage and Preservation. 


Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Architecture, Kansas State University