About Amber Book Creator

Michael Ermann

Michael Ermann

Michael 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.

More About Michael

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), which NCARB turned, verbatim, into a seven-part "Continuum Education" course. He 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.

Ermann's design for his own Bubble Wrap House earned an International Architizer A+ Award. 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 15,000 with his Amber Book online course.

Team Effort

Amber Book is a team effort. Here are the people that help this become a reality.

Alise Willis

Taking the AREs

Tyler Willis

Licensed attorney
Director of Firm Enrollment
Content creator (law and contracts)

Ralph Hale

Taking the AREs
Content creator

Matt Young

Licensed Architect
Content creator

Tom Powers

Licensed architect
Content creator

Bryan Johnson

Structural engineer
Architecture Master's degree
Structures content creator

Amy Cowan

Graphic designer
Project manager

A-P Murphy

Firm enrollment
Content creator (test stress management)

Megan Johnson


Cristina Moyer

Course interface

Julie Foley

Building envelope consultant
Onboards enrollees
So ask her anything

Annie Hanson

Firm license support

40 Minutes Of Competence

a free study session every Thursday at 6 PM ET

Our weekly 40 Minutes of Competence sessions are led by Amber Book's creator, Michael Ermann, AIA. In these free Zoom calls, we tackle a practice problem, then answer your questions live.
Whether you are just getting started, in the middle of studying, or celebrating licensure, we welcome everyone to these open-to-all sessions.


How Can Architects Better Understand Sound? with Michael Ermann | Architect Magazine Podcast
Teaching The Future of The Architecture Profession with Michael Ermann | Young Architect Podcast
How to Get and Keep and Architect's Attention with Michael Ermann | Smarter Building Materials Podcast
Four Ridiculous Contradictions in Building Science with Michael Ermann | The Young Architects Podcast
AIA Virginia Distinguished Achievement Recognition
Taking the ARE: It's Not as Scary as You Think | AIA Virginia