Constance Ramirez


Constance Werner Ramirez is an architectural historian and urban planner who specializes in historic preservation. She holds an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, a master's degree in city planning from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Cornell University. Major positions include historic preservation planner for the Urban Renewal Administration, the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation, the Department of the Army, the General Services Administration, and the National Park Service. Since 1983, she has served continuously as adjunct faculty teaching graduate courses at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and in Northern Virginia, at George Mason University, at The George Washington University, and, since 2004, at the University of Maryland. In 1980, she founded the National Preservation Institute, a non-profit organization which offers short courses in historic preservation. She has worked as a consultant on numerous projects and was director of the Paterson, NJ, Archaeology Lab for two years. She was instrumental in the establishment of the US Army Corps of Engineers' Cultural Resources Research Center which applied various technologies to locate, identify, and protect cultural resources. She was a trustee of Wheaton College, a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; chair of the Arlington County Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board; and is currently a member of the City of Annapolis Heritage Commission, the Board of Directors of the Chase Home, Inc., and founding member of the West Annapolis Heritage Partnership.. She has written numerous articles on historic preservation and was responsible for the preservation of an 1840 Arlington, Virginia, log house, an 1890 military band building in Texas, and an early 20th century roadhouse on the Yukon Trail in Alaska.