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about amber book creator, Michael Ermann

Michael Ermann - Creator of Amber BookMichael Ermann, AIA is a licensed architect and tenured full professor in Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design, where he’s taught design studio, environmental building systems, materials & methods of construction, and architectural acoustics since 2001. Professor Ermann has authored or co-authored eight journal papers in the field of acoustics, and presented more than 30 papers on building systems. He authored the book Architectural Acoustics Illustrated (Wiley, 2015), is the former Undergraduate Architecture Program Co-chairman, and has earned two AIA design awards, two School of Architecture teaching awards, research awards from both the school and the state AIA chapter, and in 2019, the AIA Virginia Award for Distinguished Achievement for contributions to the profession as an educator and researcher. Prior to joining the VT faculty Professor Ermann was an acoustical consultant in New York City and Florida. He received a bachelor of science in mathematics from Tulane University and a master of architecture degree from the University of Florida. He was the first person to pass all six ARE 5.0 divisions and enjoys hosting ARE Building Systems prep courses for those in practice. He’s taught over 1,000 at his in-person ARE exam prep seminars for AIA New York, AIA Miami, AIA Northern Virginia, AIA New Mexico, AIA Triangle (Raleigh), AIA Houston, AIA Alaska, and AIA Washington DC seminars–and more than 10,000 with his Amber Book online course.


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