Douglas E. Noble, Ph.D., FAIA

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 Discipline Head for Building Science and Director of the Master of Building Science degree program. He is a licensed architect. His research interests are in four overlapping arenas: BUILDING SCIENCE AND FACADE TECTONICS 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. COMPUTING IN ARCHITECTURE 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. EDUCATION IN ARCHITECTURE 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. DESIGN THEORY 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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Currently Teaching
  • 370
    Architectural Studies- Expanding the Field
    Architectural Studies- Expanding the Field
    Architecture 370, Introduction to Architectural Studies, provides a thorough overview of the content and value of architectural education. Students will learn about the various modes of architectural education, internship and practice. ARCH 370 introduces the broad range of opportunities, specializations, and related professions that an architectural education can enable. For the four-year degree in Architectural Studies, a resource for professional growth in the Bachelor of Architecture five-year program, and an introduction to the profession of architecture for the non-major. No special background or skills are required that would place non-majors at a disadvantage. With successful completion of this course, students will have been personally exposed to and investigated a variety of professional options within traditional architectural practice, within the development and construction industry and within a variety of associated professional fields. Successful professionals will share first-hand accounts of their unique careers that resulted from their interest in architecture. You will have the opportunity to hear what it takes to get there from here and to ask questions of a wide variety of leading professionals.
  • 524
    Professional Practicum
    Professional Practicum

    Comparative studies of professional practice between U.S. firms and firms in other countries. Open to international upper-division undergraduate and graduate architecture students only. Graded CR/NC.

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