Professor, Department of Urban Affairs and Public Policy
Professor, Department of Geography
Director, Center for Historic Architecture & Design
331 Alison Hall
Newark, DE 19716
David L. Ames, Professor of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, Geography and Material Culture Studies, directs the Center for Historic Architecture and Design and coordinates of the graduate concentration in Historic Preservation in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. A member of the Executive Committee of the Winterthur Program in Material Culture, he is on the admissions committee of the Doctoral Program in Preservation Studies. He teaches courses in historic preservation and land use and environmental planning. He is an affiliated faculty with the Center for Material Culture Studies and a principal investigator in the University Transportation Center. Much of his research deals with scenic and historic highways including writing a nomination for a Delaware Underground Railroad Historic Byway and developing policies for protecting Delaware’s viewsheds from negative visual intrusions.
With the University Transportation Center, he is evaluating the current state and resiliency of the Northeast BOSWASH transportation corridor. For the UD Coastal Initiative Research Program, he has evaluated the impact of development on heritage resources in Sussex County and is presently working with that county on heritage tourism as an economic development strategy. He is co-author of Evaluating America’s Historic Suburbs for the National Register of Historic Places and has a book forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press, Design & Historic Preservation. A professional photographer, he is photographing Delaware’s historic coastal fortifications for the Historic American Building Survey.