D. Keith Chenot, M.F.A., Architectural Technology, Industrial Technology | Fitchburg State University
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Faculty Directory » D. Keith Chenot

Industrial Technology

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2020
Tuesday and Thursday 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 12:00pm

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon Hall 206
Phone: 978.665.3051
Email: kchenot@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Architectural Graphics (ITEC 1450)
Architectural Drawing (ITEC 2400)
Theory of Architecture (ITEC 2450)
Product Modeling & Rendering (ITEC 3220)
Drafting Commercial Structures (ITEC 3410)
Architectural Design I (ITEC 3430)
Architectural Design II (ITEC 3460)
Architectural Professional Practices (ITEC 4470)


B. Arch., Ohio University
M.F.A., Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University

Research Interests:

Architectural Images
Historic Preservation
Sustainable Design
"Smart Growth"

Current Projects:

Mr. Keith Chenot, a registered architect in Massachusetts, with NCARB certification, and has taught architectural courses at Fitchburg State University in the Industrial Technology Department since 2002. His courses cover basic drawing skills to advanced CAD building information modeling (BIM) and Architectural Professional Practice. His design classes introduce students to energy efficiency and sustainable design, and often focus on urban reuse and development with Fitchburg as the backdrop. Some of the reuse and redevelopment projects have included:

  • Moran Square revitalization design
  • Fitchburg Public Library study
  • Infill revitalization of the upper Main Street block bounded by Rollstone Street, Circle Street, and the Nashua River
  • A REDI project for an Advanced Polymer Manufacturing Research, Technology Transfer and Training Facility - research and design for the reuse of an existing four-story Main Street commercial building
  • Restoration reuse of the Fitchburg City Hall and its surrounding vacant and underutilized properties
  • A Crocker Center for Community Engagement project collaborating with GIS faculty and students and Fitchburg city and nonprofit agencies for the city’s ReImagine North of Main area

On campus, Mr. Chenot has been instrumental in starting and advising an American Institute of Architectural Students club and bringing guest speakers on LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Smart Growth, a panel discussion on the reuse of older mill buildings, and the Living Building Challenge. He also organizes architectural field trips and tours of architectural practices and construction sites.

He has been an appointed member of the Fitchburg Historical Commission since 2007 and has worked to develop make available commemorative plaques for Fitchburg's historic structures. Mr. Chenot is a member of the American Institute of Architects, is past president of AIA Massachusetts, and has served on its design review panel for new casino developments in the Boston area. His architectural practice has won a design awards from Preservation Worcester, Preservation Massachusetts, and two preservation awards from the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Also an artist, Mr. Chenot has participated in three Fitchburg Paint-Ins and has had his work shown at the Art Institute of Boston, the Lesley University President’s House, the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Conlon Medial Wall, the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg, and the Sitka Gallery in Fitchburg.

Representative Publications:

Feasibility study for Advanced Polymer Manufacturing Research. Technology Transfer and Training Facility, 10 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA, December 2010. A Research Project by the Regional Economic Development Institute at Fitchburg State University.

Professional Affiliations:

AIA Massachusetts - American Institute of Architects (Board member, past president)
Fitchburg Historical Commission
ACSA - Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Registered Architect, MA
NCARB Certified