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Ramon Trias, Ph.D.

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Dir/Asst Professor - Public Administration (Center Dir - Public Administration/Assistant Professor)


Philanthropy/Public Administration/Real Estate


H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship

Ramon Trias, Ph.D. AIA AICP, is Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Public Service Innovation and Research at Nova Southeastern University. For the past 30 years, he has assisted counties and cities, neighborhood groups and developers in Florida with planning and architectural projects that enhanced quality of life. 

Trias was planning director in Fort Pierce from 1995 to 2005, and Coral Gables from 2012 to 2022. Prior to working in Coral Gables, Ramon was in private practice for seven years with his firm Trias and Associates, where he prepared site plans and building documents for new development and historic preservation projects. n addition, Ramon organized and facilitated charrettes and workshops, which led to consensus on controversial projects, in 18 states and internationally. To complement his professional practice, he also taught at Florida International University, the University of Miami, and Fort Pierce State College.

His commitment to community service led to appointments on the Miami-Dade Mayor’s group on historic preservation, the Seven50 Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, the St. Lucie County Planning Board, and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, where he served as Chairman.

Ramon graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts. He earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Miami and a Ph. D. in Public Affairs from Florida International University.

  • Ph.D. - Florida International University - Public Affairs
  • M.S. - University of Miami - Architecture, Urban Design Program
  • B.S. - University of Miami - Architecture
  • B.A. - University of Miami - Spanish Literature, Art History