The Rice School of Architecture and the Rice Design Alliance will bring to Houston for the Spring 2014 Lecture Series four architectural firms whose genre-busting, convention-spurning designs invite the viewer to engage with an increased sense of immediacy. These international firms — from Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, and Mexico — play with form, color, material, and process, producing work that defies easy description and collapses distinctions between art and architecture, representation and construction, and drawing and building.
The series is curated by Rice School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jesús Vassallo. “I think that these firms’ practices are captivating because they are experimental without renouncing building things in the real world, producing work that is intellectually stimulating as well as sensually powerful,” says Vassallo. “I also appreciate the ways in which they exploit the contradictions and gaps in contemporary architectural idiosyncrasy in a productive way in their projects.”
The public and RDA members are invited to attend presentations by the following firms during the series:
Wednesday, January 22
Jan de Vylder
Co-Founder, Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Gent, Belgium
Reception Sponsor: Walter P Moore
Wednesday, January 29
Lucia Cano & José Selgas
Founders, Selgascano, Madrid, Spain
Reception Sponsor: Clark Condon Associates
Wednesday, February 5
Architect, Zurich, Switzerland
Reception Sponsor: Kendall/Heaton Associates
Wednesday, February 19
Carlos Bedoya Ikeda
Principal, PRODUCTORA; Mexico City, Mexico
Reception Sponsor: Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.
All lectures will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A pre-lecture reception will begin at 6 p.m. The MFA,H, is located at 1001 Bissonnet. No guaranteed seating for ticket holders after 6:50 p.m. Additional parking at the museum is available until 7:00 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Senior citizens 65 years and older
$10 – Students with identification
$35 – Others
Single Tickets (upon availability, sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture)
$7 – RDA, MFAH members
Senior citizens 65 years and older
Students with identification
$15 – Others
RDA will make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. A minimum of two weeks is appreciated. Call Mary Beth Woiccak, RDA Assistant Director, Programs, at (713) 348-5583.