Dumbarton Oaks Mellon Fellow

Amber was recently named a 2021-2022 Dumbarton Oaks Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies. Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks received a major award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create the interdisciplinary program in urban landscape studies. Dumbarton Oaks, affiliated with the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is one of the few …

“The Architecture of Exploitation in Ghana”

Amber's newest publication is out and ready for order. She was one of the numerous contributors to the Architectural Guide: Sub-Saharan Africa edited by Philipp Meuser and Adil Dalbai. Her essay, “Firmitas, Utilitas, Profectus: The Architecture of Exploitation in Ghana,” covers the history and evolution of Elmina and Cape Coast Castle in Ghana. Despite the …

“The Revolution Continues: The Legacy of Black Heritage Movement”

On March 4th Amber gave an evening talk sponsored by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. Her presentation re-examined the legacy and impact of the work of the Afro-American Bicentennial Corporation (ABC) in Washington, DC. It illustrated how the …

“Shameful Shaw” and Narratives of Black Pathology

This keynote lecture was offered as the culmination of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians biennial symposium, “Race, Ethnicity, and Architecture in the Nation’s Capital.” This research came from Wiley’s current book project, a history of Black Washingtonian’s ambition for education as a means towards racial uplift and the repercussions therein. During …

Toward an Anti-Racist Architecture

On January 23, 2021, Amber sat on the panel Toward an Anti-Racist Architecture, a panel hosted and moderated by UCLA Architecture and Design PhD students. How do we interrogate the architectural discipline and promote an anti-racist approach to the discourse? This panel began a discussion on building an anti-racist discourse into architectural practice and architectural history. …

Interview in the Architect’s Newspaper

The design of today’s public schools tends toward the underwhelming. Their formal and material solutions tell a story of frugality of means as well as of imagination. Even in those instances where the architecture does excel, where it manages to bond function with uplift, the effect is always hampered by a menacing apparatus of security devices and …

Tangible Remnants Podcast

Amber recently sat down with fellow UVA architecture alum and preservationist Nakita Reed for an conversation on Reed's podcast, Tangible Remnants. The podcast explores the interconnectedness of architecture, historic preservation, sustainability, race & gender. The conversation covered Amber's travels to Mexico, Guatemala, Ghana, Ethiopia, India and Vietnam through the H. Allen Brooks Fellowship sponsored by …