College of Architecture and Planning

Mary Ann Heidemann

Director of Graduate Program in Historic Preservation


College of Architecture and Planning
Architecture Building (AB), Room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Dr. Heidemann is Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of the Historic Preservation Graduate Program at Ball State University.  She teaches in the areas of architectural history, preservation law and economic development.  Research interests include the New Deal era; Utopian communities; federal, state and local regulatory policy; adaptive reuse of historic structures as a tool for community revitalization; cultural tourism; site planning and public administration. Heidemann holds a BA in Art History from Reed College, a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from University of Wisconsin – Madison, a Doctorate in Land Resources, also from Madison, and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University. 

Prior to joining Ball State, Heidemann led the Compliance Unit at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office, which reviewed state and federal projects for impacts on historic resources.  Earlier, at Michigan State University Extension, she developed and implemented training programs for local officials and planning commissioners in land use, planning, zoning and economic development.  Mary Ann has extensive experience in planning and engineering consulting; including running her own firm to serve the planning needs of Northern Michigan communities. She has also worked in several state and federal transportation and environmental agencies. Heidemann is a member of the American Planning Association, the Indiana Chapter of the APA and the American Institute of Certified Planners.