Ronald Ramsay

Associate Professor of Architecture

Phone: 701-231-8506


B.Arch., University of Oklahoma,1970

M.Arch., University of Texas at Austin,1992

PhD. in American History, University of Delaware (inprogress)

Recent Research, Publications and Creative Work:

"The Agincourt Sesqui Centennial "Main Gallery exhibit, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN (October 2007)

"Elegant Information: Historic architectural drawings as art "Main Gallery exhibit, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN(March April 2010)

"Home coming/Coming Home" Main Gallery exhibit, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND (scheduled for October 2012)

"William Halsey Wood and the Path Not Taken" research toward a monograph and/or exhibit; a website will also be ready for launch in November2011.

"Building the Social Gospel: American religious architecture,1880-1920" Set for release Fall of 2012

The Buildings of North Dakota,volume in the national series "Buildings of the U.S." (collaboration with Steve Martens), sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians,University of Virginia Press (pending, August 2012)

Professional Memberships:

Society of Architectural Historians (former board member)

National Trust for Historic Preservation (former ND advisor)

Victorian Society in America Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Illinois Labor History Society

Courses Taught:

ARCH321 Architectural History I

ARCH322 Architectural History II

ARCH372 Architectural DesignIV

ARCH720 History/Theory Seminar "Minimalism"

ARCH725 Study Tour Abroad: "Urbanism of South America" (inBrazil/Argentina)

Teaching Experience:

Instructor, North Dakota State University, 1971-1975

Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University, 1975-1992

Associate Professor, North Dakota State University, 1992-present


Ask Me

Who are your role models or inspiring folks?

British architectural historian Gavin Stamp.


Outside of art and design fields, what inspires you?

Social justice movements. Research and writing about local history.


What do you wish you had known when you started out as a student/in this field?

Architecture is often described as a fusion of Art and Science. What they never told me was that it is also a business.


What was your most memorable meal? 

Any meal with good food, great beer, and inspiring company.


In your office, you can only have three things, one book, one tool, and one picture. What would they be and why?

Clearly you haven't seen my office. If pressed, however, I would choose: Finite & Infinite and have often given it to friends. Games by James Carse (a book I resort to again and again); a pencil sharpener (and an endless supply of #2 Dixon Ticonderoga pencils); and "The Martyrdom of Saints Crispin and Crispinian" by Aert van den Bossche.

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