Doug Noble & Karen Kensek Recognized as Outstanding Educators

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Doug Noble & Karen Kensek Recognized as Outstanding Educators

November 20, 2014


USC Architecture professors Doug Noble, FAIA and Karen Kensek recently received two major teaching awards. Jointly, they were awarded the 2014 AIA California Council (AIACC) Academy for Emerging Professionals (AEP) Educator Award. The award (the highest given by the AEP to an educator in California) acknowledges outstanding contribution to the formal education of architecture students.


Professors Noble and Kensek were also both named one of the 30 Most Admired Educators for 2015 by DesignIntelligence. The group is selected with input from professionals, academics, and students.


“Being named one of the “30 Most Admired Educators” in architecture by our peers is particularly humbling, because it means that so many colleagues recognize our efforts,” said Professor Noble.


Both awards acknowledged the pair’s work with the NotLy program. Started in 2007, the NotLy (Not Licensed Yet) program helps architecture graduates and students prepare for licensure, free of charge and with good humor.


“We recognize that licensing in architecture is a difficult process, and we want to do all we can to help the next generation,” said Professor Kensek.


NotLy events take place every couple of weeks with two major events each year, averaging 30 events annually. The program currently has 2000 members, and Professor Noble estimates that 1000 will be licensed within the next three years. For the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta, Professors Noble and Kensek have been selected to present a session on overcoming barriers to getting licensed.


DesignIntelligence also cited Karen Kensek’s annual BIM symposium, of which this past summer’s BIM GAP + BIM EDGE was the eighth installment. BIM along with NotLy, DesignIntelligence mentioned, ‘have positioned Kensek as a leader in education who provides “a solid link between school and professional practice.”’ The publication also noted that in addition to founding PHDiA, an organization supporting doctoral education in architecture, Doug Noble is “an inspiring motivator” who “works tirelessly to link the alumni back to the school and promote their involvement in the profession and at USC.”


“With their clear commitment to helping students in all stages, Doug and Karen exemplify excellence in architectural education,” said Dean Qingyun Ma.