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Vernelle A. A. Noel

School of Architecture
Assistant Professor of Architecture + Computational Design

Vernelle A. A. Noel, Ph.D. is an architect, artist, and founding Director of the Situated Computation + Design Lab. Her research focuses on using design computation and ethnographic methods to investigate traditional and automated making, human-computer interaction, interdisciplinary creativity, and their intersections with society. She is particularly interested in building new expressions, tools, and methodologies to explore social, cultural, and political aspects of making, computational design, and emerging technology for new social and technical reconfigurations of design practice, pedagogy, and publics. Her work is thoroughly interdisciplinary with training in design computation; architecture; science, technology, and society (sts) studies; media arts, and sciences; and arts education.

A scholar committed to fostering critical perspectives on design, computation, and technology, Noel was the 2018-2020 Ventulett NEXT Generation Visiting Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology and has taught courses in architecture, design, and computation at Penn State University, and MIT at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). In 2015, Noel gave a TEDx Talk titled, “The Power of Making: Craft, Computation, and Carnival” at TEDxPortofSpain. Dr. Noel was a Keynote Speaker at ACADIA 2020, and has been featured on Madame Architect.

Vernelle holds a Ph.D. in Architecture (Design Computing) from the Pennsylvania State University; a Masters of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT (Design Computation); a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University; and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the John S. Donaldson Technical Institute (University of Trinidad & Tobago). She has practiced as an architect in the USA, India, and Trinidad & Tobago and is the founder, creator, and editor of Architecture Caribbean, an online platform that showcased and promoted design by Caribbean nationals.

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