Michael A. Ambrose, AIA is an architect and educator. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University where he studied in Philadelphia and Rome on a Temple University Study Grant. Professor Ambrose completed his graduate studies in Italy, working in Florence, earning a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University through the MArchII program in History, Theory & Criticism in Architecture and Urban Design.
His research and design work focuses on developing a broader understanding of design thinking and digital design media processes and products and the cumulative effects of these technologies to re-imagine/re-conceptualize practice and education within the discipline of architecture. Prof. Ambrose engages architecture as a discipline and as a profession following multiple simultaneous and interdependent threads of research, guided by two unifying themes. The first focuses on DIGITAL conception(s) of architecture that examine representation through crafted digital exploration and development of architectural ideas through the digital design media lenses of animation, fabrication and conceptualization. These interests arise from professional collaborations related to issues of design process, methods, and representations (abstract and simulation) based on computational and/or parametric cultures and environments. The second explores BIM as provocateur to design education and practice through the digital design media lenses of integrated practice delivery methods and digital cultures of Building Information Modeling. His pursuit of these themes is founded on the premise that the exploration of architecture involves the integration of interdependent paths of inquiry: conceptualization, representation, and production. The interweaving of these aspects of the design process is the means through which his architecture is conceived and created.
Professor Ambrose gained considerable experience in practice with Kunz Gordon Architects in Philadelphia. He later worked with one of that firm's principals to found Philip D. Kunz Architects, Inc. where he served as project manager and designer for numerous building projects throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey including a project for Peirce College involving the adaptive reuse of the historic home of 19th century architect, Frank Furness, in center city Philadelphia. While practicing in Philadelphia, Professor Ambrose was a member of the faculty of Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University) and Temple University. He was the Computer Aided Design Educational Coordinator for the Departments of Design and Architecture at Drexel University where he pioneered several courses in digital modeling and animation. Professor Ambrose served on the faculty of the Syracuse University School of Architecture from 2001 until 2004 both in Syracuse and Florence.
Professor Ambrose is currently the Associate Director of the Architecture Program at the University of Maryland. His primary responsibility are the undergraduate Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs in architecture. In his role as Associate Director Michael is involved in recruitment, advising/student services, and program administration and development. He chairs the Architecture Program Curriculum Committee and the School's Programs Courses and Curriculua Committee. He is faculty advisor to the student group APX (Alpha Rho Chi - Maryland). He also co-chairs the Academic/Studio Culture Committee in the Architecture Program. Professor Ambrose is actively involved in professional practice. He is currently a partner in Caprioglio Associati USA the international office of Caprioglio Associati of Mestre, Italy.