Associate professor Douglas E. Noble has been named associate dean of the USC School of Architecture. He succeeds associate professor Charles A. Lagreco, who served in that post from 1997 to 2006.
Noble will work with Qingyun Ma, who began his tenure as dean earlier this year.
“It is an honor to serve as associate dean and to work with Dean Ma,” Noble said. “Dean Ma has a great vision for the school, and I’m eager to be an integral part of it. This is an opportunity for me to lead and be involved in the school on a different level, and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Together, Ma and Noble will oversee the school’s nearly 90 faculty members and 650 students. The school recently completed a major building addition to house its four graduate programs and plans to double the graduate enrollment over the next two years.
“Doug is an outstanding member of the School of Architecture faculty,” Ma said. “His experience and knowledge make him the ideal choice to help me manage and guide the faculty, staff and students.”
Noble joined the school in 1991 and was promoted to associate professor in 1998. He completed his M.Arch. and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and his B.Arch. at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
He has taught undergraduate design studios and seminars and graduate thesis courses and served as director of the USC Graduate Building Science program. He is the faculty adviser for the USC Chapter of the Alpha Rho Chi professional fraternity and the Tau Sigma Delta architecture honor society.
In 2002, Noble was named a fellow in the American Institute of Architects, and he is currently the chair of the Los Angeles AIA Computer Committee. He is a past-president of the international Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture, and he received the American Institute of Architecture Students/Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Young Faculty Award early in his career.