Douglas Noble, FAIA, Ph.D.
B.S. ARCHITECTURE, Cal Poly Pomona
B.ARCH, Cal Poly Pomona
M.ARCH, UC Berkeley
Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Co-Founder of the CLIPPER Lab
Professor Noble is currently Chair of the Ph.D. program in Architecture at the University of Southern California. He is the Discipline Head for Building Science. He hosts the FACADE TECTONICS conferences in Los Angeles each year, and is the editor of the FACADE TECTONICS Journal. He is a licensed architect and the former president of the Association for Computer-Aided Design In Architecture (ACADIA).
FACADE TECTONICS conducts two conferences and two workshops each year, plus additional special events, tours, and seminars. Conferences include presentations by leading architects, engineers, façade designers, and researchers. Each conference provides a forum for connecting the academy and the professions. Leading practitioners and researchers come together to share about cutting edge issues in facade design and implementation. FACADE TECTONICS research aernas include: Sustainability • Double-Skin Facades • Architectural Acoustics • Digital Media • Solar Access • Façade Acoustics • Seismic Design • Membrane / Fabric Structures • Façade Systems Integration • Digital Fabrication, CAD/CAM, Rapid Prototyping • Performative Architecture • Materials and Assemblies • Lighting / Daylighting / Glare • Building Information Modeling • Best Practices • Analytical Modeling and Simulation • Historic Structures Technology • Cable-Suspended Glass Skins • Architectural Science Education • Design Methods • Integrated Architectural Technology • and much more.
The CLIPPER LAB II
The original CLIPPER LAB was established by Karen Kensek and Douglas Noble in 1991. Originally a teaching lab, the CLIPPER Lab evolved into a teaching, research and service organization emphasizing advanced architectural computing and digital design methods. More than 120 USC students have worked with the original CLIPPER LAB and now with the new "CLIPPER LAB II."
PhDiA: DOCTORAL EDUCATION IN ARCHITECTURE
PhDiA was established in 2008 to provide a forum for discussion of issues related to the education of doctoral students in architecture. Membership includes leading voices in academia, the profession and doctoral students. PhDiA sponsors a peer-reviewed journal and supports regular conferences. PhDiA was created to establish a clearinghouse for doctoral program pedagogy and structure, to assist faculty and administrators in doctoral programs, to provide a forum for doctoral students, to encourage inter-university doctoral research and dissertation cooperation, to elevate doctoral studies and the role of research and advanced scholarship and to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in doctoral research. PhDiA has 1500 members around the world.
NotLY: Not Licensed Yet
NotLY seeks to help young people in architecture successfully transition from the university to the profession. The primary focus is on organizing arechitecture licensing study sessions and programs. There are just over 1000 members of NotLY in the southern California region. Programs occur on an irregular schedule every few weeks.
FREEMAN HOUSE ARCHIVE
The Freeman House is a Frank Lloyd Wright Textile block house owned by the USC School of Architecture. in 2009, we realized that we needed to make a special effort to consolidate the research documentation both as a resource for ourselves here at USC, and also for others who study the textile block houses and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Archive team members include Ben McAlister, Douglas NOble, Karen M. Kensek, and Celesta Vera. A number of original documents were available only at USC, and many of these documents were uncatalogued or stored hidden in locked cabinets. This series, The Frank Lloyd Wright Freeman House Archive Library Collection, attempts to compile all these resources in one location, digitizing and reprinting historic documents and making this information readily accessible to future researchers and preservationists with an interest in facilitating the future preservation of this architectural icon. The collection begins with relevant documents from the original owners and architect, including the contract, specifications and family photos. In Volume 2, student theses are included from Terry Scott Kreilick, Sumit Avinash Brahmbhatt, Judith Ruth Marks, and Alice Ormsbee. Volume 3 continues with theses from Angela Vargas and Benjamin McAlister. In Volume 4, major reports from outside experts are presented including the Historic Structure Report, the Wank Adams Slavin Associates report, the Smith-Emery/American Petrographic Services report, the Getty Grant Proposal, the Nabih Yousseff and Associates structural evaluation, and student reports from Peyton Hall’s course at USC. Volume 5 includes media coverage about the Freeman House and its history of deterioration and repair. Volume 6 is an image library of drawings and photos including computer reconstructions of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original plans, drawings of block deterioration, construction photos, photos documenting the seismic retrofitting work, and student block evaluation studies.