Douglas E. Noble, Ph.D., FAIA



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

Douglas Noble is focused on advancing the knowledge base in the overlapping arenas of building science/technology, critical design reasoning and architectural education, especially in the field of façade tectonics, design information systems, early-career advancement, and doctoral education in architecture. He maintains a deep commitment to a collaborative and student-centric career in which his research and service are mutually reinforcing. He has provided research and teaching leadership in the early years of the transformation of the profession toward digital workflows, and he fosters the use of the building sciences and natural forces as design drivers.


Noble was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2003, and he has been selected for many presentations at AIA National Conventions, including more recently in 2015, 2016, and 2017. He has served as chair of AIA committees locally and nationally, and served on the Executive Board of the AIA California Council. He serves on the scientific review committees of several important journals and many conferences and is a past-president of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture.  


He has served two terms as Associate Dean, Director of the Graduate Building Science program, and he founded and led the Ph.D. program.


He has become most well-known for work with building enclosures and the founding of the internationally recognized Façade Tectonics Institute as well as his work in creating the NotLY program supporting licensing preparation and early career professionals. He created the PhD program in the USC School of Architecture and led it for several years.


For the past four years, I have been focused on research grants related to the use of ultra-high-performance-concrete (UHPC), which culminated with the installation of an innovative building skin / structure called the Carapace Pavilion, located in Joshua Tree National Park. This project has won three significant awards through the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). More than 300 volunteers from USC and the precast industry provided an estimated 2500 hours of volunteer support.

Related Links: bcf.usc.edu/~dnoble/

Currently Teaching
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    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.
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    An Exploration of America’s National Parks
    An Exploration of America’s National Parks

    The National Parks are truly one of America’s best ideas. Our National Parks are much more than simply recreational lands. The parks offer opportunities for learning and engagement in the sciences, arts, environmental design, leadership, culture, heritage, law, and policy. This course will provide an integrated multi-disciplinary overview of our national parks from the unique perspectives of the teaching and research of the combined expertise of a broad coalition of more than 20 faculty members from the University of Southern California, plus topic experts from the National Park Service.

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