Douglas E. Noble, Ph.D., FAIA

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Director, Chase L. Leavitt Master of Building Science Program; Associate Professor

BS in Architecture and B.Arch, Cal Poly Pomona M.Arch and PhD, UC Berkeley

Douglas Noble is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Chase L. Leavitt Master of Building Science Program. He is a licensed architect. His research interests are in four overlapping arenas:


Noble is a co-founder of the Facade Tectonics Institute, established in 2007 as a university-based research and education organization hosting conferences and publishing research focusing on building facade technology. Noble obtained a Graham Foundation Grant in 2011 for research about the Samuel and Harriet Freeman House in Hollywood, California.


He founded the CLIPPER Lab at USC with Karen M. Kensek in 1991 to support research about computers in architecture and design. With Kensek, he conducted early computer-based architecture design studio experiments. Noble was elected president of the Association for Computer-Aided Design In Architecture ACADIA in 1998.


Noble and Kensek created the "NotLY: Not Licensed Yet" support system for individuals preparing for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). Noble is passionate about supporting emerging professionals and academics. He is dedicated to collaboration and typically co-authors research papers and books with other students and faculty. Noble founded the Ph.D. program at USC Architecture, and he has published articles and organized symposia on doctoral education in architecture.


Noble is a graduate of the doctoral program in Design Theories and Methods (DTM) in the Department of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. He incorporates design theory education into his studios and seminars.

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    Research + Design + Build: CARAPACE
    Research + Design + Build: CARAPACE

    Students from the USC School of Architecture are designing, fabricating, and installing a “CARAPACE” shade pavilion at Joshua Tree National Park. The project started as a USC design studio in Spring 2019 and is now into the fabrication and installation phase. With guidance from professionals, students will use ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) in a completely new application on the leading edge of materials science. Students will also design the new VIP campground at Joshua Tree. Meeting times to be determined by the students. No previous experience required. Join us and earn your coveralls and patch!

    This course will provide opportunities for students in materials fabrication, construction, CAD/CAM, construction management, site design,

    • We will camp at Joshua Tree National Park during the installation later in the Fall Semester (we will help if you are not an experienced camper).
    • The project is fully funded.
    • Schedule is flexible and will be designed to meet student needs.
    • Contact the faculty for further information:
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