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Brian Ambroziak

Associate Professor

School of Architecture

My research and teaching engage the creative process, the development of one’s artistic conscience, and focus on the relationship between design and methods of representation and visualization with an inherent bias towards writing and collage. Specifically, my agenda considers the single snapshot view that typically exists as the standard convention of architectural representation as insufficient to conveying the complexities and subtleties of place over time and focuses the debate around the question: How have architects, artists, and writers incorporated a past, present, and future tense in their work; one that embraces a more genuine portrayal of a physical realm as it exists in a constant state of flux?


  • Master of Science, Architecture, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science, Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1992


My design practice time[scape]lab, with Andrew McLellan and Katherine Ambroziak, engages in theoretical constructs that rely heavily on temporal systems of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional montage. Our designs embrace fragmentary strategies and prompt open-ended interpretation. Our practice has received numerous honors and awards that include an Honorable Mention: PA Press: Pamphlet Architecture 32 (2010), Finalist: SHIFTBoston Competition: Speed Kills Culture (2010), Honorable Mention: ACSA Faculty Design Award: Confabulatores Nocturni (2014), and High Commendation: International Yeats Competition: A Cabanon for W.B. Yeats (2015). TSL’s work has been lectured on and exhibited at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2011), the University of Tennessee Ewing Gallery (2012), the University of Maryland Kibel Gallery (2012), the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (2014), the Virginia Polytechnic Institute Second Frascari Symposium (2014), and Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo (2016). The drawings and writings of TSL have been included in numerous publications that include Collage and Architecture (Routledge, 2013), Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture (Ashgate, 2016), and the Journal of Architectural Education, Volume 70:1 Discursive Images (2016).

Courses Taught

  • ARC102 Visual Design Theory
  • ARC425/434 TIMESCAPELAB and Visual Thinking in Time-Based Digital Media
  • ARC271/272/489 Architectural Design I+II and Advanced Topics in Design
  • ARC425/525 Study Abroad: The Necessity for Seeing

Expertise & Interests

  • Visual Design Theory
  • Representation
  • Design Pedagogy

Honors & Awards

  • 2014, ACSA Faculty Design Award, Confabulatores Nocturni
  • 2013, Dudley Faculty Scholar, UT College of Architecture + Design
  • 2012, American Institute of Architects Students Educator Award

The highly supportive environment and the quality of our students that I experience daily never ceases to amaze me. Since arriving at the College of Architecture + Design in 2001, I have seen our students go on to work at the best firms in the world, advance their education at top graduate programs, obtain highly sought after fellowships, and enter the ranks of academia. One major component of our curriculum that contributes to our unique culture is study abroad. I have been fortunate to travel with and teach our students in Italy, Finland, Japan, Switzerland, and the Iberian Peninsula as well as locations all over our own country.

Brian Ambroziak