Ten Years, $80,000, and an Exhibition


Don’t miss the upcoming exhibition of ten years of winning projects from the Initiatives for Houston grant program. The exhibition will run January 14 – February 26, 2010 at the Architecture Center Houston (ArCH). The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 6 – 8 p.m. at ArCH.

The exhibition will highlight and celebrate past winners of the RDA’s Initiatives for Houston grant program. More than 20 of the grant recipients will be featured.

RDA Board Member Jean Krchnak, the visionary behind the exhibition idea, said “The RDA Initiatives for Houston program provides students and faculty of the area’s schools of architecture with the extraordinary opportunity to explore new and emerging practices – a chance to do in-depth studies of complexities in the real world in a much more highly nuanced manner than is offered in conventional practice. This exhibition will celebrate the first decade of winning projects and share the imaginative vision of the participants.”

The Initiatives for Houston program is designed for students and faculty of the Rice University School of Architecture, the University of Houston College of Architecture, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas Southern University. It supports projects that focus on Houston’s built environment, its history, present condition, and future development. To date, RDA has awarded more than $80,000 in grants through Initiatives for Houston.

Burdette Keeland, Jr. Design Exploration Center

Burdette Keeland, Jr. Design Exploration Center, photo by Hester + Hardaway

Past grant recipients have created an astonishing range of publications, plans, and built projects. For example, the green roof of the Burdette Keeland, Jr. Design Exploration Center at the University of Houston was funded in part by an Initiatives for Houston grant from the Rice Design Alliance. A jury evaluates proposals for their potential for making a significant contribution to our understanding of the city.

This exhibit celebrates RDA’s funding of these initiatives and the people who donated their creative energies to explore, study, observe, and retool the context of Houston’s environment, society, and emerging topographies.

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