Tim de Noble, an architect with international experience in design and teaching, joined Kansas State University on July 1, 2009, as dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.
Before he left for Kansas, Little Rock-native de Noble made a name for himself in Northwest Arkansas, returning to his roots in 1997 from a two-year-long teaching stint overseas in Florence, Italy, to join the University of Arkansas faculty and open his Fayetteville-based firm, denoblearchitecture, which is now DEMX Architecture. de Noble led the architecture department in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas from 2005 to 2009. While at the University of Arkansas, de Noble again taught in Italy and spent numerous summers teaching in Mexico City. In 2015, de Noble was recognized by Ingram’s Magazine as an “Icon of Education.”
He served as a principal with denoblearchitecture, later DEMX Architecture, which focuses on housing that combines the socially liberating potency of modernism with the intuitive rationality of vernacular building in order to generate regionally specific responses to built form and site.
de Noble is active in the profession, in the community and is an outspoken advocate of the design and construction industry. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback appointed de Noble to the State Building Advisory Commission. de Noble is the University liaison to the Kansas chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ board of directors. He previously served on the board of directors for the Arkansas state chapter of the AIA and as chair of the Northwest Arkansas section of AIA in 2004.
He also served as a consultant for the review of the architecture program at Florida International University and the graduate program in architecture at the University of Utah, and he served on an LAAB accreditation review of the landscape architecture program at California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo as well as a panelist for Library Journals’ Landmark Libraries’ Competition.
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, teaching there until 1997. In those five years, he designed projects in Ecuador, upstate New York, and Arkansas.
de Noble maintains his architecture license in the state of New York. He and his wife, Anne de Noble, have three sons.