NEXT: Four Takes on the Future of Architectural Education

In honor of the joint centennial of Rice University and the Rice School of Architecture, and Rice Design Alliance’s 40th anniversary, the fall 2012 lecture series will address the future of architectural education. Specifically, the series will discuss how architectural education negotiates its intellectual heritage alongside its unique ability to truly impact the world. The four lecturers will explore intersections between teaching, research, and professional practice, examining how education can shape future designers, and subsequently, the built environment itself.

The public and RDA members are invited to hear the following speakers during the series:

Wednesday, September 5
Michael Speaks
Dean of College of Design, University at Kentucky
Reception Sponsor: The OFIS

Wednesday, September 19
Alfredo Brillembourg
Caracas Urban Think Tank
Reception Sponsor: Vanguard Environments, Inc.

Wednesday, September 26
Jeffrey Schnapp
Director, metaLAB, Harvard University
Reception Sponsor: Austin Commercial / PageSoutherlandPage

Wednesday, October 3
Marc Angélil
Professor of Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Reception Sponsor: Gensler

All lectures will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Brown Auditorium in The Museum of Fine Arts Caroline Wiess Law Building, each with a pre-lecture reception at 6:00 p.m. in the museum lobby. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is located at 1001 Bissonnet (enter via the Main Street door.) No guaranteed seating for ticket holders after 7:00 p.m. Additional parking is available until 7:00 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets. To purchase series tickets in advance, please click here.

RDA will gladly make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. Please contact RDA directly, 713.348.4876. A minimum of two week’s notice is appreciated.

Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Senior citizens 65 and older
$10 – Students with identification
$35 – Others

Single Tickets (upon availability, will be sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture):
$7 – RDA, MFAH members; Senior citizens 65 and older; Students with identification
$10 – Others

For more information, please visit our website,, or call the Rice Design Alliance, (713) 348-4876. As the lecture dates draw closer, tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: AGC Houston; ARC; Anslow Bryant Construction; Austin Commercial; Avadek; Builders West, Inc.; ccrd partners; Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing; Melinda Clark & Clark Trantham; Colliers International; Leo A Daly; Leslie Elkins Architecture; Fast Track Specialties, Inc; Fretz Construction Company; Gensler; HBL Architects; HOK; D. E. Harvey Builders; Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.; Kendall/Heaton Associates; Kirksey; Dillon Kyle Architecture; The Mathis Group, Inc.; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; Miner-Dederick Construction, LLP ; Mission Constructors, Inc.; Office Pavilion; PageSoutherlandPage; Perkins+Will; Project Control Houston; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; The Southampton Group; TDIndustries, Inc.; Telios; TimberSIL of Texas; Vanguard Environments, Inc.; Walter P Moore; Windham Builders; Wylie Consulting Engineers; the Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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