Noémie Despland-Lichtert

Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture
Emerging Faculty Fellow


  • Architecture
  • School of Architecture
Noémie Despland-Lichtert

CAPLA West, Room 207

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Areas of Expertise

  • Curating
  • Public history
  • Critical theory
  • Archival research


Noémie Despland-Lichtert is an educator, designer, and curator. Her research and scholarship encompass Architecture, Landscape, Ethnic Studies, and Public History, with a specific interest in fieldwork, landscape of resistances, and site-specific histories. She is a co-director of Roundhouse Platform. 

Despland-Lichtert holds a Post-professional Master of Architecture from McGill and a Master of Curatorial Practices from the University of Southern California. Her professional experience includes working at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and in the Architecture Department of Getty Research Institute. Her previous teaching experiences include the University of Southern California, Otis School of Art and Design, Woodbury School of Architecture and Texas Tech University. She was also awarded the Teaching Fellowship at The School of Architecture (formerly known as Taliesin West).

Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Mexico, Germany and the United States and she presented at conferences and lectured in Belgium, Canada, Germany, the United States, and Mexico. Her scholarship has been widely published and she is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including by institutions such as Wikipedia, USC Special Collections, The University of Arizona, LA as Subject, and the Graham Foundation.


  • ARC 101 Foundation Studio
  • ARC 435/535 Forms of Critical Inquiry and Expression
  • ARC 471/571 Site Cycles: Critical Narratives Responsive Design 
  • ARC 30xB Editorial Skills for Architects

Selected Publications

PR Despland-Lichtert, Noémie and Brendan Shea, “Cultural Excavation and Participatory Fieldwork” Fieldwork in Landscape Architecture Methods Actions Tools​, edited by in Oles, Thomas, and Paul Horrigan. Routledge: Awaiting publishing.

Despland-Lichtert, Noémie. 2022 “Editor’s Foreword, Prólogo del editor académico”. CROP 09: SHED. (2022): 4-9

PR Despland-Lichtert, Noémie and Brendan Shea, “You've Got Mail: Historical Precedents and Contemporary Relevance of Epistolary Architecture” Remote Practices: Architecture at a Distance, edited by Mindrup and Chee. Lund Humphries: 2022.

Despland-Lichtert, Noémie and Brendan Shea. 2021. “From ‘House of Dust’ to ‘Aggregate Habitat’”, MAAT Extended, Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology. July, 28, 2021.

Despland-Lichtert, Noémie and Brendan Shea. 2020 “Public Programming: City Simulations” POOL Issue 5: “Simulation”. (2020): 9-11.

PR Despland-Lichtert, Noémie.  2016 “The Politics of Plants.” ​Performance Research ​21, no. 5 (2016): 140–41. 

Despland-Lichtert, Noémie. 2016. “The Los Angeles River.” ​Architecture Concordia​, No. 1 (2016): 26–27.

Despland-Lichtert, Noémie. “The Silence of Sovereignty.” ​Articule​, Montreal: 2015.

Despland-Lichtert, Noémie. “Origines Antiques et Utopie Moderniste.” Société des études anciennes du Québec, (2010) : 93–101. 

Honors and Awards

  • President's Excellence in Engaged Scholarship, 2021
    Texas Tech University Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and University Outreach and Engagement
    “West Texas 3D COVID-19 Consortium: Community Engagement to Combat a Global Pandemic”
  • Dean’s List, Teaching Award, 2017 
    USC, University of Southern California

News, Research and Projects

Noémie Despland-Lichtert

Teaching as Mediation: Noémie Despland-Lichtert, Emerging Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture

Noémie Despland-Lichtert joined CAPLA this fall as our second Emerging Faculty Fellow. An accomplished teacher, researcher and practitioner, she spent the last year in Brussels and has also worked at Taliesin West, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Architecture Department of Getty Research Institute, among others.