Amber N. Wiley

Amber N. Wiley, Ph.D. is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Tulane. She is an architectural and urban historian whose research interests are centered on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities. 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 has conducted research on the heritage of musical sites in New Orleans, taught a public history course focused on the topic, and organized a community event entitled “Sites and Sounds” that was a collaboration between the Tulane City Center, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and the New Orleans Jazz National Heritage Park. Amber received her Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University, her Master’s in Architectural History from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and her B.A. in Architecture from Yale University.

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Integrating Architecture into Digital and Public Humanities: Sites and Sounds + MediaNOLA

“Did you know @Tipitinas building has been a gym, radio station, juice bar, restaurant, & brothel? Not all at the same time, of course…”[1]

In the fall of 2012, I taught an experimental and exploratory upper-level seminar at the Tulane School of Architecture entitled “Sites and Sounds: Public History.” The course grew out of an independent, applied research project that I am conducting through the Tulane City Center, which investigates the cultural geography of New Orleans’ musical landscape.

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