Associate Professor Heather Roberge has been appointed to the position of chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design effective July 1. She will be taking over from interim chair, Professor Neil Denari, alongside whom she has served as interim vice chair during this past academic year.  

A designer and educator who has served on the faculty at UCLA since 2002, Professor Roberge is the founder and principal of Murmur, an award winning design practice based in Los Angeles. Roberge’s research and professional work investigate the spatial, structural, and atmospheric potential that digital technologies have on the theory and practice of building. Her teaching emphasizes innovative approaches to material, computation, and manufacturing to expand the formal vocabulary and spatial implications of building envelopes and assemblies.

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 En Pointe—an installation for the SCI-Arc Gallery, and a 2011 AIA Next LA design merit award for Succulent House. Her work has been published in A+UWallpaperArchitectural RecordLog, 306090, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times and exhibited in group shows in the U.S and abroad.

Heather Roberge states "UCLA Architecture and Urban Design has the opportunity, and responsibility, to be thought leaders in the context of a rapidly evolving Southern California. As a leading center of the technology, entertainment, manufacturing and mobility industries, LA's vital urban and cultural landscapes have a global impact. I see my role as a vocal champion of the work of our talented faculty and students, and of architecture more broadly."