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K-State Today

February 26, 2019

De Noble named American Institute of Architects fellow

Submitted by Thom Jackson


The 2019 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects, or AIA, elevated professor and dean Tim de Noble to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession. The fellows will be honored at a ceremony on June 6 at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 in Las Vegas.

De Noble has served as dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, at Kansas State University since 2009.

"To be recognized as a fellow, to be elevated to a level populated by so many architects I have long held in high esteem, is a true 'pinch yourself' moment," de Noble said, "As an educator, I realize that this honor is a reflection of the quality of students, faculty and staff I have had the pleasure of teaching, mentoring and leading."

The AIA fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Prospective candidates must have at least 10 years of AIA membership and demonstrated influence in at least one of the following categories:

  • Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession.
  • Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or practice.
  • Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organizations.
  • Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment.

The stringent requirements result in only three percent of the AIA’s more than 91,000 members being recognized as fellows. Currently, there are 3,425 living fellows globally. Out of all the fellows, five live in Kansas and of those, three are at APDesign.

Before arriving at K-State, de Noble served as head of the architecture department at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. He also taught at Syracuse University. In addition to teaching studio and technology courses, de Noble has extensive teaching experience in Italy and Mexico.

De Noble received a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. In private practice throughout his teaching career, he founded deMX Architecture in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1999, building an award-winning practice focusing on housing combining the socially liberating potency of modernism with the intuitive rationality of vernacular building to generate regionally specific responses to built-form and site.

Recently, de Noble was cited as one of the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016/17 and 2017/18 by Design Intelligence magazine, named an Icon of Education by Ingram's magazine, received the chapter artist award from the K-State chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and was named 2016 Architecture Advocate of the Year by the American Institute of Architects Kansas City chapter.

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well-being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.