A Tilt on the Human Condition

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Graham_Goddard/index.htm

Publication: The Daily Trojan
Fall 2004

Much of Graham Goddard’s work is a tribute to his native Trinidad.

While chatting at Starbucks on Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard, Graham Goddard, a fifth-year student majoring in fine arts, excitedly displays one of his latest masterpieces, “As We Arrive and Depart, Our Legacy Shall Ascend.”

The painting depicts a bright coral scarlet ibis, the state bird of Trinidad, where Goddard was born, entering from the left into a deep green forest amid a waterfall – a picture of peace and tranquility.

But looking closer, a secret is revealed – the scarlet ibis isn’t the only thing on the canvas. Hidden among the trees and waterfall, there are three almost invisible ghosts, while the shrubs hide hundreds of others.

Goddard then rotates the painting upside down. Suddenly, the bird and its ghosts, wings now turned down, fly out of the tranquil forest.

“Forty years ago the sky in the forest was all red, but the birds are now dwindling, and they’ve been migrating to Venezuela,” Goddard, who visits the forest when he travels to the Port of Spain, his home until the age of 7, said. Continue reading “A Tilt on the Human Condition”

Blueprint For Success

Publication: The Daily Trojan 
Fall 2004

Though Doug Noble has known he was going to be an architect since childhood, he still gets excited about the field.

It’s 10 A.M. on a Saturday at the house of the architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, and architecture professor Doug Noble is working with engineers to scan the building to capture it as a 3-D model. When explaining the importance of laser scanning, Noble excitedly gestures with his hands as his auburn eyes run in excitement behind his round, aptly professorial, wire-rimmed glasses.

“Doug has this energetic nervousness, and he is really excited about what he does,” Andrew Lee, a second-year graduate student, said. “As soon as you ask him anything, he will run with it.”

Noble, who has been teaching at USC since 1991, said he has had a passion for architecture since childhood. He grew up in Florida, the middle of three boys, with his mother, a teacher, and his father, a contractor for NASA who worked on radar systems for space flights.

“I’d like to have a great story about wanting to become an architect, but I can’t remember not having that label,” Noble said. “As far as I can remember, I had no other option.” Continue reading “Blueprint For Success”