Vernelle A.A. Noel
Assistant Professor, joint w/ School of Architecture

Research Areas:
Design Computation; Architecture; Media Arts


Vernelle A. A. Noel, Ph.D. is a design scholar, architect, artist, and founding Director of the Situated Computation + Design Lab. Her research examines traditional and automated making cultures and practices, interdisciplinary creativity, and their intersections with society. She builds 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.

Noel’s work in design and computation has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Mozilla Foundation, and ideas2innovation (i2i), among others. Her TEDx Talk is titled, “The Power of Making: Craft, Computation, and Carnival.” Noel is a recipient of the 2021 DigitalFUTURES Young Award for exceptional research and scholarship in the field of critical computational design. She 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.