About Dr. Bliss
AnnaMarie Bliss, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign teaching design studios, foundational design principles, history and theory, and research methods for environmental designers. Her scholarship concentrates on health and well-being in design. Dr. Bliss is also the founder and principal of Bliss Historic Preservation and Consulting, a historic preservation architecture firm.
Her research and practice projects address the socio-spatial and haptic aspects of preservation design triggering changes in the environmental perception of users, and how health sciences play a role in design development. Dr. Bliss’s current 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 developed photo methods for architecture and tourism and writes on ethical research practices in design scholarship, the subjects of her recent publications including her co-edited book Place Meaning and Attachment: Authenticity, Heritage and Preservation. Dr. Bliss has been awarded national and international 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 2020 Dissertation Award from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.
- Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019)
- Master of Architecture, Kansas State University (2012)
Research and publications
Ongoing and upcoming research
Photo Methods in Historic Preservation
This project 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.
Design and Disease
Prompted by COVID-19, this project investigates how biological sciences impact the way we plan space, utilize materials, develop programs, and reimagine pedagogy that addresses how health sciences and disease can be impacted through design.
Kopec, D. & Bliss, A. (2021). Designers, Design, and Infection Control. In M. Kanaani (Ed.), Envisioning Ecotopian Designs for the Built Environments: Toward a Paradigm Shift in the Culture of Healthful Architectural Design and Urbanism. New York: Routledge.
Kopec, D. & Bliss, A. (Eds). (2020). Place Meaning and Attachment: Authenticity, Heritage and Preservation. New York: Routledge.
Bliss, A. (2018). Image for the Future of the Historic City: Photo-elicitation and Architectural Preservation in Barcelona. In J. Wells & B. Stiefel (Eds.), Human-Centered Built Heritage Conservation: Theory and Evidence-Based Practice.
Bliss, A. (2018). The Frustration-Aggression Model: An Airport Perspective. In D. Kopec (Ed.), Environmental Psychology for Design. New York: Fairchild Books.
Dearborn, L., & Bliss, A. (2018). Architectural Research Legally and Ethically Considered. Technology| Architecture + Design, 2(1).
Teaching and advising
- ARCH 171/481: Concepts and Theories of Architectural Design (Fall 2020, Fall 2019)
- ARCH 572: re:Vital Chicago Studio (Fall 2020)
- ARCH 572: REACTION Studio (Summer 2020)
- ARCH 372: Health and Wellbeing Studio (Spring 2020)
- ARCH 563: Social and Behavioral Research for the Designed Environment (Spring 2020)
- ARCH 572/575: OUTPOST Studio (Fall 2019)
- ARCH 374: Architecture and the City (Spring 2018)
- ARCH 373: Architectural Design and the Landscape (Fall 2017)