All posts by Angie Chen

Instagram Scavenger Hunt: #Buffalogram

The rdAGENTS’ hosted Instagram Scavenger Hunt will be held Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Teams of 4 will be challenged through clues to walk the new trails along Buffalo Bayou between Sabine Street and Shepherd Drive, explore the landscape and solve clues, and post photos to public Instagram accounts. There are two team categories. You can enter as an adult team or a family team. The first team in each category to complete all the correct Instagram post will receive a prize package. The competition will start at 105 Sabine Street on top of Bike Barn Rental. 

Register here

Entry Fee:

$20/team (Pre-register by noon, March 29)             $25/team (Day of Scavenger Hunt)

$15/rdAGENTS or RDA member discount 

See our past Instagram scavenger hunt here. Thank you to Buffalo Bayou Partnership for collaborating with the RDA on this event. 


Rice Design Alliance Launches K through 12 Outreach Program

Rice Design Alliance is launching its first K-12 outreach effort by inspiring students in Kindergarten through 12th grade to learn about their built environment. We are offering a free field trip opportunity for schools in the Houston area. 

Students will be introduced to the concepts of architecture. Student will also be lead through Rice University Campus for a tour and apply what they have learned by observing buildings on campus. The tour include a preview of what it is like to be an architecture student through a walk through of the  Rice School of Architecture. 

At the conclusion of the tour, students will be placed into a  studio of their own. Each studio will work together to design their own buildings and a master planned city. 

Participation for this program is done through an application process. Please click on this link  to apply.

Rice Design Alliance civic forum explores Houston floodplains

The civic forum, Resilience H2Ouston: Living in Flood Plains, will be held Wednesday, March 8, at 6p.m. at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion inside the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park. It is free and open to the public. Moderated by Eric Berger, certified meteorologist, the forum features the following presenters:

Alisa Max, PE, General Services Division Manager, Harris County Engineering Department

David Robinson, Houston City Council At-Large Position #2

Keiji Asakura, Principal Designer, Asakura Robinson

Wesley Highfield, Associate Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Ed Wolff, President, Beth Wolff Realtors

RDA Civic Forums are made possible by our 2017 Underwriters and our sponsors, including Minnette and Peter Boesel, DLR Group, Hoar Construction, Skanska USA Commercial Development, Telios, and Vaughn Construction.

March 1 RDA Civic Forum Focuses on Climate Change

Although many environmental impacts are associated with construction, climate change deserves a special consideration because buildings and land-use are responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions.  

The Rice Design Alliance invites you to join us for a free civic forum to investigate how construction methods serves a key role in the mitigation against climate change. We will explore the topic through a case study of the tallest mass timber building in north America, learn about why sustainable building is a primary consideration for funders and explore how architects and designers can work with the City of Houston on regulations relating to sustainble construction.

The forum will take place at 6 p.m. at in the conference center of Hines’ new LEED platinum highrise located on 609 Main St, Houston, on Wednesday, March 1st.  Moderated by Rice University Sustainability Officer Richard Johnson, it will include presentations by the following panelists:
Albert Pope, Gus Wortham Professor, Rice Architecture
Steve Stelzer, Program Director of City of Houston Green Building Resource Center
Stephen Cavanaugh, Principal Architect at DLR Group
Elizabeth Love. Program Officer, Houston Endowment
This event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free and is located in the parking garage attached to the building off of Fannin between Texas and Capitol. Take the garage elevator to Level 2 where the conference center is located.

RDA Civic Forums are made possible by our 2017 Underwriters and our sponsors, including Minnette and Peter Boesel, DLR Group, Hoar Construction, Skanska USA Commercial Development, Telios, and Vaughn Construction.