Vernelle Noel

Vernelle A. A. Noel is a research scientist, computational designer, artist and architect. As a Ph.D. Candidate in Design Computing at Penn State University, she investigates craft, computational making and technology in cultural design practices. She is the founder, creator, and editor of Architecture Caribbean, an online platform that showcased and promoted design in and by Caribbean nationals. 

Vernelle received her professional degree in Architecture from Howard University, then worked with international design firm Burt Hill in Washington, DC., and Ahmedabad, India. After graduating from MIT, Vernelle co-taught courses in Design Computation, Digital Design & Fabrication at the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD).

2013 SMArchS Thesis: Trinidad Carnival: Improving Design Through Computation and Digital Technology examines the dying craft of wire-bending, and ways of improving design in the Trinidad Carnival through computation. She has received several awards for her work, including the i2i (ideas2innovations) award in 2014. Her work and multi-disciplinary approach intersects architecture and design, culture, and advanced computation. Her paper entitled, The Bailey-Derek Grammar: Recording the craft of wire-bending in the Trinidad Carnival was published and presented at SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

TEDx Talk: Vernelle A. A. Noel recently presented a powerful presentation at TEDxPortofSpain entitled, "The Power of Making: Craft, Computation, and Carnival".



2015: Alum Vernelle Noel TEDxPortofSpain speaker

Areas of Interest
CAD/CAM, Community Development, Computation, Digital Fabrication, Prototyping, Shape Grammars, Structures, Theory of Architecture


2011 - 2013
Master of Science in Architecture Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2002 - 2007
Bachelor of Architecture, Howard University
1995 - 1999
Associate Degree in Civil Engineering, John S. Donaldson Technical Institute