Neville Clouten holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Sydney University, a Master of Architecture from the Ohio State University, and a PhD from Edinburgh University. He taught at the University of Newcastle, Australia and was invited to be the inaugural Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. From 1990 to 2003 he was Dean of the College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.
In research at the Ohio State University the principles of steriophotogrammetry were applied to the recording of historic architecture. Along with the interest in recording the actual dimensions of buildings there developed a fascination to record apparent dimensions of space as individually perceived. This interest in spatial perception was developed at Edinburgh University. The PhD research was titled "Subjective Responses and Eye Fixations to Visual Displays of Spatial Sequence".
During a decade of Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle research interests turned to the use of steriophotogrammetry to record aboriginal art in rock shelters in Eastern Australia. Other research interests connected with innovations in the curricula of architecture programs.
The appointment of Inaugural Professor of Architecture at Andrews University, Michigan introduced participation with the National Architectural Accrediting Board and the Honor Society of Tau Sigma Delta.
Opportunities to further curricular innovations coincided with the change from the academic quarter system to the semester calendar at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. Integrated Design Studios in the undergraduate program brought together courses that were previously stand-alone subject areas. The influence of the person and the writings of Donald Schon led to a decade of post-graduate Reflective Practice Studios. Each Fall Semester, a leading design professional, including Malcolm Holzman, Ted Wiliams, Gunnar Birkerts, Maurice Jennings and Mary Miss visited the university and conducted these focused master classes.
The influence of Lloyd Rees at Sydney University was again emphasized by the recent restoration of an oil painting by Neville Clouten, submitted as part of an Art class competition in 1962. Neville's painting "Kiama" is part of the exhibition of the six selected works, all of which were lost for several decades and are now restored.