Kansas City, MO, USA


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polis: cultural planning is dedicated to providing expertise related to cultural resource management, preservation planning and documentation strategies for municipalities, neighborhoods, individuals, developers, artists and non-profits. Our work goes beyond historic designation--into the realm of practical documentation of buildings, experiences and traditions that honor and elevate the meaning of community.




As a professional since 2002, Ms. Ammerman has developed a diverse portfolio related to advocating and interpreting the built environment. With combined experience in real estate, non-profit, community development and historic preservation; her work philosophy embraces an immersion into space and place through relationship building. She is experienced in organizing preservation awareness campaigns, that has included crowd-funding and securing an international marketing firm to partner with non-profit entities. Her knowledge of research and analysis includes demographics, qualitative, land use and planning law, housing policy as well as market and parcel history. Extensive field survey experience includes asset mapping, conditions assessment, evaluation for National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) Determination of Eligibility and Nominations for individual, multiple properties and cultural landscapes studies in the within the Midwest and East Coast. Her client experience includes property owners, artists, non-profits and developers. Public project experience includes the National Park Service, Department of the Navy, Veteran of Bureau Affairs and various state level entities across the United States. 

Her formal education includes liberal arts studies in philosophy and history. In 2015, Cynthia completed a self-tailored masters studies program exploring urbanism and historic preservation. 

Ms. Ammerman has continued professional education via the UNITAR platform with an emphasis in Heritage Tourism through Arts and Culture based Community Development as well as UNESCO World Heritage Nomination Criterion guidelines.


“The Polis, properly speaking, is not the city-state in its physical location; it is the organization of the people as it arises out of acting and speaking together, and its true space lies between people living together for this purpose, no matter where they happen to be.”

(Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, 198).




Interview w/ Polis: Municipal Auditorium (1936) in Kansas City

December 2, 2017

Interview conducted by Logan Sloniker, Civil & Architectural Engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Logan was conductin...

Salisbury School, Adair County Missouri Listed to National Register of Historic Places October 2017

November 4, 2017

100 years of violeta parra: cantos de amor y resistencia.

October 10, 2017

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