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Source: M. Duane Nellis, 785-532-6224
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News release prepared by: Cheryl May, 785-532-6415,

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


MANHATTAN -- An architect with international experience in design and teaching is joining Kansas State University as dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. Provost and Senior Vice President M. Duane Nellis announced today that Tim de Noble has accepted the post of dean at K-State. He will begin his duties July 1.

Tim de Noble portrait"We are fortunate that Tim de Noble is coming to K-State as dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design," Nellis said. "He has international experience both teaching and designing projects, so he can expand students' knowledge in important ways. He also has a reputation as an effective and insightful leader, so I anticipate that he will make an outstanding dean."

"I am honored to represent an outstanding faculty in advocating for the college and promoting the potency of design in modern society," de Noble said.

Since 2005, de Noble has led the University of Arkansas architecture department. He also taught at Syracuse University from 1992-97 and designed projects in Ecuador, upstate New York and Arkansas. He taught for two years in Florence, Italy, before returning to Arkansas to join the University of Arkansas faculty and open his firm, denoblearchitecture, P.A.

A licensed architect, he is member of the American Institute of Architects. He has served as a principal with denoblearchitecture and deMx Architecture.

At the University of Arkansas, he has taught virtually all of the studios and technology courses in the department since coming on board in 1997. He has also led students on trips to Nova Scotia and Peru and has taught in the School of Architecture's international study programs in Rome and Mexico City.

In addition to teaching design studios and technology courses, and participating in international study programs, de Noble has led seminars on small town morphology, using Arkansas towns such as Decatur, Sulphur Springs and Monte Ne as examples of how towns change over time. He has delivered papers on diverse topics at international, national and regional conferences and in 2001 organized an exhibition of models completed by University of Arkansas architecture students at the national headquarters of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.

He is active in the profession and in the community. He served as chair of the northwest Arkansas section of the American Institute of Architects in 2004 and helped coordinate the "Birds in Paradise" birdhouse design competition and auction in support of the Elizabeth Richardson Center in Springdale.

Born and raised in Little Rock, de Noble earned a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1986 and a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University in 1992.

He is a past board member of Habitat for Humanity and has been a member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club since 1999. He and his wife, Anne de Noble, have three sons.