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Ray Luce


Ph.D. University of Virginia (History)
M.A., B.S. Brigham Young University (History)

Consultant, history, historic preservation, photography

(Currently working with the Organization of American States to establish a National Register of Historic Places in St. Kitts and assist the National Register in the Bahamas)

Director, Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources 1996-2009

Ohio State Historic Preservation Officer, Columbus, Ohio

Historian, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, DC


Professional Activities

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, President: 1994-1995.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Member, 1994-1995

Member, Task Force on Campus Heritage Preservation Planning, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2001

Delegate, United States Historic Preservation Exchange, sponsored by the French-American Foundation and the French Ministry of Culture, 2005

Testified before city, state and national legislative groups, including six times testifying before the United States Congress


“Guidelines for Evaluating and Nominating Properties that Have Achieved Significance within the Last Fifty Years.” National Register Bulletin #22, National Park Service, 1990 (co-authored with Marcella Sherfy)

Cohens v Virginia (1821) The Supreme Court and State Rights, a Reevaluation of Influences and Impacts. New York: Garland Publishing, 1990

“Orson Squire Fowler,” in Master Builders, A Guide to Famous American Architects. Washington: National            Trust for Historic Preservation, 1985.

“Kent State, White Castles and Subdivisions: Evaluating the Recent Past,” in Slaton, Deborah, and Shiffer, Rebecca A. Preserving the Recent Past, Washington D.C.: Historic Preservation Education Foundation, 1995, reprinted in Historic Preservation Forum, Fall 1995.

Selected Papers

“History and Design: Partners or Adversaries in Historic Preservation?” Atlanta Architecture Roundtable, June 1997, Similar papers given at National Trust for Historic Preservation National Preservation Conference, Seattle, Washington, and at the Cincinnati and Columbus Chapters, American Institute of Architects

“Cold War Properties and Properties Less than Fifty Years Old,” Department of Defense, Historic Buildings Conference II, Atlanta, Georgia

“Patterns and Diversity in Georgia’s Religious buildings,” Georgia Association of Historians annual meeting, Fort Valley, Georgia, 2008