Shelby Doyle named first Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow

Iowa State architecture alumnus Dan Huberty, left, and Huberty Faculty Fellowship recipient Shelby Doyle. Photo by Alison Weidemann.

AMES, Iowa — Shelby Doyle, an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, is the inaugural recipient of the Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellowship in the ISU Department of Architecture.

Iowa State alumnus Daniel Huberty, a retired partner and project manager with ZGF Architects LLP in Seattle, created the annual fellowship to help faculty in the architecture department reach their professional potential and to recognize those who show tremendous promise. Huberty received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from ISU in 1966.

“I have been very fortunate in my life and career and sought to do something to give back to the university,” Huberty said. “I had a very good education, and I was inspired as a student by two young faculty who were enthusiastic about teaching. I’m pleased to be able to support current faculty members with this fellowship.”

Interdisciplinary Research

Doyle is using the fellowship funds in part to further an interdisciplinary research effort with colleagues in architecture and materials science and engineering to develop a sturdy, nontoxic, waterproof paper for potential use in construction of temporary structures ranging from music-festival tents to disaster-relief shelters.

“We’re exploring the viability of hydrophobic (water-repellent/resistant) paper as an alternative to plastic and other nonbiodegradable materials in the construction of temporary structures that often are discarded after use,” Doyle said. “We’re taking digital design strategies — something that’s often theoretical — and researching practical applications for real needs.”

Student Design-Build Seminar

Funds also will go toward material exploration and experimentation for a fall-semester design-build seminar Doyle will co-lead with architecture Lecturer Leslie Forehand. Their students’ project, based on the waterproof paper research, will be displayed at an Iowa State workshop at the 2016 Venice Biennale in Italy this October. The workshop will examine the role of architecture in addressing underserved populations and large-scale social issues through design and construction of temporary structures, Doyle said.

“Many students don’t enroll in fabrication courses because of the additional costs,” Doyle said. “Many also have financial concerns related to study abroad. By subsidizing material and fabrication costs, the Huberty Fellowship will allow more students to participate in the Venice Biennale ISU workshop. It also supports a departmental effort to increase student awareness of and access to computation and digital fabrication.”

The fellowship also will fund two undergraduate research assistants who will work with Doyle and Forehand in the design research for the fall class.

About Doyle

Doyle joined the Iowa State architecture faculty in August 2015 as an ISU Presidential High Impact Hire in design-build and digital fabrication. Her research and teaching focus on digital fabrication and mapping, environmental sustainability and public engagement through architecture. She holds a Bachelor of Science in architecture with honors from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts. A licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, Doyle is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Iowa Women in Architecture.

Doyle previously was a visiting assistant professor in the Louisiana State University School of Architecture and a research fellow with the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, both in Baton Rouge; an instructor with the University of Houston Pan Asia Mekong Summer Program (Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam), Parsons The New School for Design, New York City; Urban Lab Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Limkokwing University Faculty for the Built Environment, Phnom Penh; and a fabrication lab assistant for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine.

About Huberty

Following graduation from Iowa State, Huberty worked briefly as a junior city engineer for the City of Detroit, Michigan, before serving as an officer in the US Navy Seabees for three years. He then was an architect-in-training with Smith Hinchman Grylls (The Smith Group) for three years. Huberty joined ZGF Architects in 1972; he became a partner with the firm in 1982 and a managing partner of the Seattle office in 1989. He retired in 2015. Huberty served on the ISU Department of Architecture’s Architecture Advisory Council from 2005 to 2008.

The Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellowship was established through a gift made through the Iowa State University Foundation, a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to securing and managing gifts and grants that benefit Iowa State University.


Shelby Doyle, Assistant Professor, Architecture, (515) 294-8711,
Deborah Hauptmann, Chair, Architecture, (515) 294-7185,
Karen Simon, ISU Foundation, (515) 294-7263,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,