Amber Bartosh
Associate Professor, London Architecture Program Director

B.A. Art and Architecture, Rice University; M.Arch 2, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Prof. Amber Bartosh is Director of the Syracuse University Architecture Program in London. She is a LEED accredited architect and interior designer who constructs and examines the immersive infrastructures of the built environment using hybrid-reality and interactive design experiences. This research is supported by her professional practice and demonstrated through design-centric physical construction, exhibition, and installation. She has designed and managed award-winning projects for competition, bid & design build processes in the United States, China, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates and her work has been exhibited internationally in Australia, Italy, and Taiwan.

Following her cum laude double major in Art and Architecture at Rice University she went on to graduate work in the M.Arch2 program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and as a teaching assistant for SCI-Arc’s Applied Studies program. She completed her work at SCI-Arc with a Master’s in Architecture and the Alpha Rho Chi medal. Prior to joining the Syracuse faculty, Amber was a Visiting Critic at Cornell University. There she taught a series of visual representation seminars, comprehensive 2nd-year design studio, and an option studio with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

A Syracuse Center of Excellence Faculty Fellow since 2015, Bartosh is co-director of the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL). The IDVL is a collaborative design cluster for interdisciplinary research, community outreach and professional partnership to create better living environments. Her visualizations communicate data related to phenomenology, building system performance, energy/fluid flows, and resource allocation. Custom-programmed environments couple digital simulation with video-game engines to provide interactive user interfaces via virtual reality, augmented reality and digital projection. Implementation ranges in scale from material investigations to urban geographies.

Buildings and Projects

  • Civic Sports Center and 2013 National Games Arena, Shenyang, China
  • Kuwait Business Town, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • University of California at Irvine, Humanities Gateway, Irvine, CA
  • Colorado Convention Center Expansion, Denver, CO
  • U.S. Federal Courthouse, Cape Girardeau, MO


  • “Closed Worlds”, VR component, curated by Lydia Kallipoliti, Los Angeles & Sidney, 2019
  • “Sustainacuse”, with Povinelli, M.  Syracuse University. Syracuse, NY, 2017.
  • “Energy City”, with Krietemeyer,B. and Covington, L.  Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MoST), Syracuse, NY, 2016-2019.

Grants and Awards

  • U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Building Construction with Energy Efficient Technologies & Practices (ABC): Integrated Whole-Building Energy Efficiency Retrofit Solution for Residences in Cold/Very Cold Climates – Co-PI  with Bess Krietemeyer (PI), Ed Bogucz (Co-PI), Jianshun Zhang (Co-PI), in collaboration with Cocoon Construct and tkFabricate. Selected for Award. 2020 – 2022.
  • College Educator of the Year Award, Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY), 2019
  • Alpha Rho Chi Medal, SCI-Arc, 2010


  • Shen, J., Krietemeyer, B., Bartosh, A., Gao, Z., Zhang, J. Green Design Studio: A modular-based approach for high-performance building design. Building Simulation, Oct. 2020
  • Bartosh A. & Anzalone, P.,“Experimental Applications of Virtual Reality in Design Education“, ACADIA 19: Ubiquity & Autonomy, Oct  2019
  • Bartosh A. and Clark L.,“Mixed Reality Visualizations of Urban Data”, Technology | Architecture, and Design (TAD), April 2019
  • Bartosh, A. and Krietemeyer, B. “Virtual Environment for Design and Analysis (VEDA): Interactive and Immersive Energy Data Visualizations”, Architectural Design, premiere issue of Technology | Architecture, and Design (TAD), May 2017