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Ballard, Amy


Expertise in historic preservation regulations; the architecture of the Smithsonian Institution;
Russian Art and Culture


Background And Education

Education And Training

Professional Biography

  • A graduate of American University in art history and Russian studies, Ms. Ballard worked at the Smithsonian from 1976 to her retirement in 2016 as Senior Historic Preservation Specialist. She was given Emerita status by Secretary David Skorton upon her retirement. Her area of expertise  regulatory work on historic preservation laws as applicable to design review of all Smithsonian buildings.  She attended graduate school at George Washington University, specializing in mid-20th century architecture. Her interest in Russia led her to assist with several Russian exhibits at the Smithsonian. 
    Today she serves on the boards of the DC Preservation League and Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. 

International Audience Summary Of Expertise

  • lectured on historic preservation public participation process, the architecture of the Smithsonian buildings and comparisons of Russian and US architecture for US Consulates in St. Petersburg and Vladivostok, Russian Federation
    graduated from summer school, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
    Likhachev Fellowship, St. Petersburg Russia
    Attingham Trust Program: English Country Houses and Gardens; Study Week in York; and Royal Collection Study Program, UK
    Parsons School of Design/Smithsonian Institution: French Decorative Arts, Paris, France
    Fort Ross Conservancy Conference Panel Lecturer and Moderator, Pskov and Vologda, Russian Federation

Research And Grants

Research Overview

  • architectural history of Smithsonian Institution buildings
    Russian art, music


Selected Publications

  • Book

    • Ewing, Heather P. and Ballard, Amy. 2009. A Guide to Smithsonian Architecture. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books. 2009
  • Chapter

Featured In


Outreach Overview

  • lectures on historic preservation for the US Consulate, St. Petersburg, Russia, and the US Consulate, Vladivostok, Russia

Professional Service Activities