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aaec Network partner seminar

December 14, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

topic: Rethinking Craft: Situated Computations + Repairing Design


  • Monday, 19th of July 2021
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Speaker: Vernelle A. A. Noel

In her lecture Vernelle A. A. Noel will talk about dissappearing craft practices, knowledges, and communities. These practices carry with them histories and cultures of people, knowledges, and social ties to communities. Some reasons for their disappearance include dying practitioners, lacking pedagogy, changing practices, and technocentric developments. How might we employ computation in the restoration, remediation, and reconfiguration of these practices, knowledges, and communities? Additionally, how might knowledges and innovations in these crafts, repair problems and improve research, practice and pedagogy in computational design?

speaker information

Vernelle A. A. Noel

Assistant Professor of Architecture + Computational Design, University of Florida

Vernelle A. A. Noel, Ph.D. is a design scholar, architect, artist, and founding Director of the Situated Computation + Design Lab at the University of Florida. Her research examines traditional and automated making, human-computer interaction, interdisciplinary creativity, and their intersections with society. Her research has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Mozilla Foundation, and ideas2innovation (i2i), among others. She builds new expressions, tools, and methodologies to explore social, cultural, and political aspects of making and computational design for new reconfigurations of practice, pedagogy, and publics. Her 2015 TEDx Talk is titled, “The Power of Making: Craft, Computation, and Carnival.”. Dr. Noel holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from Penn State University, a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a BArch. from Howard University, and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Trinidad & Tobago. She has been a researcher and educator at Georgia Tech., Penn State, the Singapore University of Technology & Design, MIT, and has practiced as an architect in the USA, India, and Trinidad & Tobago.



December 14, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


SPP 2187
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