Vernelle A. A. Noel

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. (Architecture/ Design Computing), The Pennsylvania State University.
SMArchS., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
B.Arch., Howard University
Diploma (Civil Engineering), John S. Donaldson Technical Institute (UTT)


Craft, computational design, situated computations, automation, critical design and making, software, shape grammars, lightweight structures, interdisciplinary creativity, heritage, culture, wire-bending


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.

2021 DigitalFUTURES Young Award “for exceptional research and scholarship in the field of critical computational design.”

2021 Graham Foundation Grant Award. “Design and Making in the Trinidad Carnival: Histories, Re-imaginations, and Speculations of Computational Design Futures.” Link >>>

2020 Mozilla Foundation Creative Media Awards Grant. “Black Arts + Culture: Generative Traditions with AI and Design in Carnival.

Vernelle A. A. Noel. “Computational Regionalism: De-familiarization of tectonics in the wire-bending craft” in International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC). Upcoming.

Vernelle A. A. Noel, Niloofar Nikookar, Jamieson Pye, Phuong Tran, and Sara Laudeman. “The Infinite Line Active Bending Pavilion: Culture, Craft and Computation.” In PROJECTIONS, Proceedings of the 26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) 2021, Volume 1, 351-360. Hong Kong. 

Noel, Vernelle A. A. 2020. “Situated Computations: Bridging Craft and Computation in the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.” Dearq, no. 27 (July): 62–75.

Vernelle A. A. Noel. “Design Computation and Restoring Craftsmanship: The Bailey-Derek Grammar in Wire-Bending,” in Hello Culture! Proceedings of Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures Conference – CAAD Futures, Daejeon, Korea. (June 2019): 950-969.

Vernelle A. A. Noel. “From Costuming and Dancing Sculptures to Architecture: The Corporeal and Computational in Design and Fabrication of Lightweight Mobile Structures,” in Future Trajectories of Computation in Design. Proceedings of Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures Conference – CAAD Futures, Istanbul, Turkey. (June 2017): 22-41.

Vernelle A. A. Noel. “Digitally Displaying and Interacting with Historic Artifacts of Spatial, Temporal, Corporeal, and Kinetic dimensions,” Studies in Digital Heritage (December 2017): 251-268.

Vernelle A. A. Noel. “The Bailey-Derek Grammar: Recording the Craft of Wire-Bending in the Trinidad Carnival,” Leonardo 48, no.4 (August 2015): 357-365.

Senior Architecture Design Studio: Craft, Tectonics + Computation

Interdisciplinary Studio: Lightweight Architecture + Digital Media

Computation and Repair in Design

Computation and Craft: Wire-bending Theory and Applications