Chair and Associate Professor


Heather Roberge, a faculty member since 2002, is the founder and principal of the design practice, Murmur and holds the positions of Associate Vice Chair of UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Architectural Studies. Ms. Roberge’s research and professional work investigates the spatial, structural and atmospheric potential of digital technologies on the theory and practice of building. In graduate level courses in design and technology, her teaching emphasizes innovative approaches to material, craft, and manufacturing as opportunities to expand the formal vocabulary and spatial implications of building envelopes. Her work has been published in A+U, Praxis, Metropolis, I.D.,Wallpaper, Architectural Record, Log, 306090, Form Magazine, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times and exhibited in group shows in the U.S. and abroad. In 2006 her proposal (as co-principal of Gnuform) titled “Purple Haze” was a finalist in PS1/MOMA’s Young Architects Program and the NGTV bar received an AIA LA design award. In 2011 Murmur’s proposal for the Succulent House received an AIA Next LA design merit award. Next year, Ms. Roberge’s book, Fabricating Plasticity: The Art and Technology of Design with Aluminum, will be published by Routledge.



Image credits left to right:

position 01, 02 - Vortex house, Malibu, 2011
position 03, 04 - New Taipei City Museum of Art Conceptual Design, 2011
position 05, 06 - Succulent House, 2011
position 07 - Ultramarine, LACE Gallery, Hollywood, 2010
positon 08 - Bioform, Artists Space, New York, 2008




M.Arch., Ohio State
B.S. in Architecture, Ohio State




2014 Nominee, USA Artists Fellowship

2014 Vortex House, Nominee, Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture

2013 Recipient, UCLArts Arts Initiative Award, Research funding for project entitled “Responsive Tooling”, with Noa Kaplan, UCLA Design Media Arts (D|MA)

2012 Invited Participant, MOCA Pavilion Competition, New Sculpturalism exhibition, Curator: Christopher Mount

2011 Recipient, AIA Next LA Merit Award for the Succulent House, Los Angeles Chapter

2006 Gnuform, Finalist. PS1/MOMA Young Architects’ Program

2006 Gnuform, Recipient, AIA Design Award for the NGTV bar, Los Angeles Chapter

2006 Recipient, UCLArts Arts Forum Grant, Research funding for project entitled “Post Digital Architecture”, with Casey Reas, UCLA Design Media Arts