The Setting for His Favorite Meal and More
USC’s Doug Noble, FAIA, Ph.D. Answers the AIA|LA 2017 Presidential Honoree Q&A


He received his doctorate from CAL. That’s Dr. Douglas E. Noble, FAIA, Ph.D, who is a graduate of the venerable school’s doctoral program in Design Theories and Methods in the Department of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley.

And yet, Noble, a 2017 AIA|LA Presidential Honoree, is so true to USC, his current school, where he is Director - Master of Building Science; Discipline Head for Building Science; and Associate Professor, we feel guilty just mentioning it. Just peruse his replies to this year's semi-official Honoree Q&A. For instance, his favorite place to eat in Los Angeles is a USC spot for all time. But go a little deeper and the answers also reflect Noble’s commitment to students and education, which makes sense, as Douglas E. Noble is this year’s Presidential Honoree - Educator. Read on: (Join Doug at the 2017 AIA|LA Design Awards - CLICK HERE)

AIA|LA: Favorite place to eat in Los Angeles?
Doug Noble, FAIA, Ph.D.: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, section 24, row 72, seat 114. 
Saturday, just after sunset. With the glow of red and yellow clouds. 
Halftime with the USC Marching Band and a flyover followed by fireworks.
Leading by at least 17.

Dream Commission. What current site in Los Angeles would you reconceive? Why and how?
Next LAX: The future abandoned Los Angeles International Airport. From the 405 to the sea. 

If you could pick one Angeleno to have your snap taken with, who would it be, and why?
The person providing the future endowment for my faculty position at the USC School of Architecture. The professor does not get the income from the endowment, but instead gets the prestige of having a named professorship.  The endowment continues forever, and after a professor retires, the next professor to hold the named chair.  Somebody please provide an endowed Chair for Karen Kensek or Douglas Noble!

Most influential piece of Los Angeles architecture to you. Include a why, if you’d like.
Heritage: The Gamble House by Greene and Greene
The Freeman House by Frank Lloyd Wright
The King House by Buff and Hensman (Thank you, Carol and Richard King)
Facade: LA County Hall of Records kinetic southwest facade
Future: Starshade by Manan Aryi, NASA JPL

Okay, a commission or project that you’ve done. What should we know about it, that we don’t.
Founded the non-profit FACADE TECTONICS INSTITUTE in 2008, with Karen M. Kensek.

You might not know that the next global conference is March 12-13, 2018 here in Los Angeles.

Facade Tectonics has become the locus of global leadership in research and education about building envelopes.

If you had three hours off – or a full vacation—where would you likely be?
With three hours: Setting up NotLY A.R.E. licensing courses and gathering an audience.  Does anyone want to teach a 45-minute class on any subject on the exams? Email   dnoble@usc.edu to get the list of more than 100 topics that our 2300 members need to learn about.  NotLY means "Not Licensed Yet," and our events are always free and open to everyone (not just USC Alumni).

With a full vacation: Fireplace room, Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon National Park.  Mary Colter, Architect. Having a well-deserved rest after the early-morning hike up from Phantom Ranch.
Last updated: 27-Sep-2017 05:03 PM
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