Chair and Associate Professor


Heather Roberge is the founder and principal of the award winning design practice Murmur. Her research and professional work investigate the spatial, structural and atmospheric potential that digital technologies have on the theory and practice of building. Her design studio teaching emphasizes innovative approaches to material, computation, and manufacturing to expand the formal vocabulary and spatial implications of building envelopes and assemblies. Recent graduate research studios include Genealogies of the Column, Augmented Perception: Examining Field of View and A Disciplinary Guide to Currents: Water (part one.) In 2017, she received the 2017 ACADIA Teaching Award of Excellence.

She has received numerous accolades in recognition of her distinctive work including the prestigious 2016 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, a 2015 AIA LA Merit award for her installation En Pointe, a 2014 nomination for Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture, a 2011 AIA Next LA design merit award for the Succulent House, and was selected as a Finalist in the 2006 PS1/MoMA Young Architects Program. 


Image credits left to right:

1, 2 - Vortex house, Malibu, 2011
3, 4 - New Taipei City Museum of Art Conceptual Design, 2011
5, 6 - Succulent House, 2011
7 - Ultramarine, LACE Gallery, Hollywood, 2010
8 - Bioform, Artists Space, New York, 2008



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


2017 Recipient, 2017 ACADIA Teaching Award of Excellence, Acadia: The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture.

2016 Selection, Emerging Voices Program, The Architectural League of New York.

2015 Recipient, Los Angeles AIA LA Design Merit Award for En Pointe.

2015 Recipient, UCLA Faculty Research Grant.

2015 Recipient, Pasadena Art Alliance Grant.

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