Amber N. Wiley


Amber is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Skidmore College.  Her research interests are centered on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities - architecture as a literal and figural structure of power. She focuses on the ways local and national bodies have made the claim for the dominating narrative and collective memory of cities through design, and examines how preservation and architecture contribute to the creation and maintenance of the identity and “sense of place” of a city. She was awarded the 2014 Bishir Prize from the Vernacular Architecture Forum for her article “The Dunbar High School Dilemma: Architecture, Power, and African-American Cultural Heritage.” She has also contributed chapters to three edited volumes: Walking in Cities: Quotidian Mobility as Urban Theory, Method, and Practice (Forthcoming: Temple University Press, 2015); Designing Schools: Space, Place and Pedagogy (Forthcoming: Routledge, 2016); and Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United States (Under Contract: University of Massachusetts Press). She received the Inaugural H.  Allen Brooks Traveling Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians, and traveled to Mexico, Guatemala, Ghana, Ethiopia, India, and Vietnam during the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Amber received her Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University.  She also holds a Master's in Architectural History and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and a B.A. in Architecture from Yale University. Amber sits on the board of the Vernacular Architecture Forum and is a member of the National Park System Advisory Board Landmarks Committee.