“Rewriting ‘American Architecture’”

On September 16, 2020, Amber participated in the Architectural History Colloquium at the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning entitled “Rewriting ‘American Architecture:’ Recovering Black Narratives of Space.” Moderated by Charles Davis II, the panel included Amber, Brian Goldstein, and Maura Lucking. This colloquium invited viewers to consider the ways that recovering black …

Architecture is Political Podcast

Architecture is Political

Amber had the honor of joining designer Melissa Daniel, Assoc. AIA, on her weekly podcast "Architecture is Political." Daniel and Wiley talked about Wiley's journey to architectural history and historic preservation through academia. They also discussed Wiley's research related to her book project on school design in Washington DC. To listen, visit: Conversation w/Prof. Amber …

Black students demand action on racism at Harvard

Amber was recently referenced in an article from the Architect's Newspaper on student activism at the GSD.  The article specifically mentions her previous work as an invited lecturer to the inaugural Black In Design conference held at Harvard since 2015. Amber opened up the conference with a discussion on design pedagogy.  The talk can be found …

NYRA in CONVERSATION: Architectures of Socialization and Control

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rMcTExjCbc Presented by the New York Review of Architecture + Interference Archive On June 18, 2020, Amber Wiley and Joy Knoblauch discussed late 20th-century architectures of socialization and control, specifically the role of schools, prisons, and housing within the context of the current protests against racism and police brutality. The discussion was moderated by Dante Furioso, …

The SAH Data Project: Analyzing Architectural History in Higher Education

The Society of Architectural Historians held its first virtual conference as a result of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite operating in this extremely vulnerable time, the organization streamed numerous paper sessions and roundtables. For the past year, Amber has served on the advisory committee of the Mellon-funded SAH Data Project: Analyzing Architectural History in Higher …

Rutgers Daily Targum Black History Month article

Happy Black History Month! In an engaging conversation with Professor Amber Wiley, a professor in the Department of Art History, we’re looking at how Black people have impacted and continue to impact the ever-evolving art world. The work of the many artists that Wiley covers in her African-American Art class helps visually express the Black experience in America …

Giving Preservation a History, 2 Edition

Amber recently had a book chapter, “The Dunbar High School Dilemma: Architecture, Power, and African American Cultural Heritage,” published in the second edition of Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States, edited by Max Page and Randall Mason (London, New York, NY: Routledge, 2019). In this volume, some of the …

Residents of Barry Farm Push for Historic Site Designation

Barry Farm Demolition

In Washington, D.C., a battle is brewing over whether Barry Farm Dwellings, currently in the demolition phase of a redevelopment project, is worthy of local historic landmark designation. Amber gave testimony regarding the integrity of the site on behalf of the nomination, put forward by Prologue DC and the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association …

Historic Capital Review

Historic Capital: Preservation, Race, and Real Estate in Washington, D.C. by Cameron Logan Reviewed by: Amber N. Wiley Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring 2019), pp. 94-96 Ann Pamela Cunningham and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association; the creative restoration of Colonial Williamsburg; the demolition of Pennsylvania Station. …