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Shelby Doyle

Assistant Professor, Architecture

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Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-8711
Office: 486 Design


M.Arch., Harvard University Graduate School of Design
B.Sc. Architecture, University of Virginia

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Research Interests

Shelby Elizabeth Doyle, AIA is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and from 2016-18 the Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow at the Iowa State University College of Design. Her scholarship is broadly focused on the intersection of computation and construction and specifically on the role of digital craft as both a social and political project.

Doyle was hired under the ISU President's High Impact Hires Initiative to combine digital fabrication and design/build at Iowa State University. This led to the founding of the ISU Computation + Construction Lab with Nick Senske and Leslie Forehand. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Doyle previously held a joint appointment at Louisiana State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture and a Research Fellow in the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, an interdisciplinary think tank. At the CSS Doyle was a project lead on the upcoming Shifting Foundation Exhibition and examined design methods for architecture in the Mississippi River Basin and Louisiana Gulf Coast through teaching and research. A summary of this work can be found at Fabricating the Delta.

This outlook and process began as a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where Doyle spent fifteen months living, teaching, designing, and researching. The project is entitled City of Water: Architecture, Infrastructure and the Floods of Phnom Penh documents the relationships between water, architecture, and infrastructure in Phnom Penh. The resulting research and design projects explore the nature and agency of design in relation to these topics, with a focus on education and public outreach as tools for engaging with Phnom Penh’s urban transformation under the governance of an authoritarian regime.

Doyle was introduced to Cambodia while working at CookFox Architects on the design of Friends Center at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap. She was previously an instructor in the University of Houston Mekong Summer Program in Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Bangkok, Thailand, Yangon, Myanmar, an instructor at the Parsons – The New School for Design in the School of Design Strategies, and the GSD Career Discovery Program.

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