Category Archives: Awards

2015 Spotlight Prize Goes to OUALALOU+CHOI

Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi. Photo: Charlotte Valode.

Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi. Photo: Charlotte Valode.

The seventh annual SPOTLIGHT: The Rice Design Alliance Prize will be awarded to OUALALOU+CHOI, formerly KILO Architectures. Founded by Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi in 2000, the firm has offices in Paris and Casablanca and recently completed the Moroccan Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015. OUALALOU+CHOI believes that stronger design results from architects’ involvement from a project’s inception. Read More

2014 Spotlight Prize Goes to 5468796

The office of 5468796. Courtesy photo.

Winnipeg-based firm 5468796. Courtesy photo.

The sixth annual Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Prize will be awarded to Canadian firm 5468796, founded by Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic. The international award, which comes with a cash prize and an invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, recognizes architects and designers in the early years of their careers.

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RDA Spotlight Prize 2013: Interboro Partners

The lecture was held on September 10, 2013 and presented to Interboro Partners from Brooklyn, NY. They are the recipient of Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize. Georgeen Theodore was present to receive the award and give the lecture. Eligible honorees for the Spotlight Prize must be within their first 15 years of professional practice. An RDA committee of architects and academics convenes annually to consider local, national, and international architects who demonstrate design excellence and promise a great design future.

Spotlight Award Given to Interboro Partners

Brooklyn based firm, Interboro Partners, will be awarded the fifth annual Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize. The award, which recognizes an exceptionally gifted firm in the early phase of their professional career, carries a cash prize of $1,500. The firm consists of Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Rice School of Architecture alumna Georgeen Theodore who will accept the award on behalf of her firm and present the firm’s work at a lecture at the Museum of Fine Art.

Theodore received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is an Associate Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, and the Director of the Infrastructure Planning Program. Interboro Partners have won many awards for its innovative projects, including the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Awards, and the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices and Young Architects Award.

Spotlight committee member and professor at the Rice School of Architecture John Casbarian says, “I distinctly remember Georgeen Theodore’s work at RSA, so many years ago, which was serene, understated, yet extremely powerful. To me, her hand is very evident in the collaborative work of Interboro Partners whose broad range of projects, expand the boundaries of architecture and urban design, are refreshingly simple and direct, and yet, conceptually intricate, cerebral and creative.”

Eligible honorees for the Spotlight Prize must be within their first 15 years of professional practice. An RDA committee of architects and academics convenes annually to consider local, national, and international architects who demonstrate design excellence and promise a great design future. Theodore will be in Houston this fall to formally accept the RDA prize.

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013
 at 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m.)
Location: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. Additional parking is available until 7 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin streets.
Tickets: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for nonmembers are $25, but those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

Spotlight Prize: Pezo von Ellrichshausen

RDA’s fourth annual Spotlight Award is being given to the Chilean firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen. The international award, which recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their professional careers, carries a cash prize and invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Led by Sofia von Ellrichshausen and Mauricio Pezo, Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio that focuses largely on the power of geometric form, volumetric experiments, and conceptual simplicity.

Spotlight Committee Member and Harry K. & Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture at Rice University John Casbarian said, “I was struck by the power of their bold abstract compositional forms which exist simultaneously in harmony and in contrast with the context. This tension, coupled with the inventive use of stark materials underscores the visual impact of their unique and simply stunning architecture.”

Founded in Concepción in 2002, the firm has been awarded at the IberoAmerican Biennial, the Chilean Architecture Biennial, and at The AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, among others. They teach regularly in Chile and have been visiting professors at universities in New York and Texas.

The public is invited to hear Pezo von Ellrichshausen lecture on Monday, November 12, 2012 at The MFA,H.

DATE: Monday, November 12, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m. Reception is sponsored D.E. Harvey Builders. Please note that the reception will take place in the Beck Building across the street).
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet.
Additional parking is available until 7 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are not for sale yet but they will be $25 at the door, also those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distribute on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

This event is made possible by support from: A & E – The Graphics Complex, Abel Design Group, Behringer Harvard, D. E. Harvey Builders, Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc., Mary Haus and Willard Holmes, Lonnie Hoogeboom and Betsy Strauch, Paradigm Consultants, Inc., Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc., TDIndustries, Inc., Transwestern, Turner Construction Company, Walter P Moore, the Corporate Members if the Rice Design Alliance, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas of Commission on the Arts.

Spotlight Award: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects

What: Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize

Who: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects

When: Monday, November 12, 7 pm (Please join us at 6 pm for a complimentary wine reception)

Where: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Tickets: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are $25, but those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

This year’s prize winners from Concepcion, Chile will discuss their work. Spotlight Prize honorees must be within their first 15 years of professional practice, and are selected for their design excellence and promise of a great design future.

RDA Wins AIA National Collaborative Achievement Award!

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The Rice Design Alliance is pleased to announce that it is the winner of a 2012 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award for excellence in the categories of Research, Dissemination, and Education. RDA is one of two organizations to win the national award, which is given by the American Institute of Architects to recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

 

Compiling information for the award submission, which resulted in an impressive document detailing nearly 40 years of RDA’s programming and contributions to the Houston region, was itself an act of collaboration among board members and staff. “I am thrilled for RDA to win this National AIA award,” said past RDA President Kimberly Hickson who spearheaded the submission process. “When compiling the entry, I was in awe of the impact this organization has had on Houston and the surrounding community. The past is only a beginning to great things to come!”

The five-member jury included Kevin J. Flynn, FAIA, Chair Kiku Obata & Company, Saint Louis; James Logan Abell, FAIA, Abell & Associates Architects, Ltd., Tempe, Arizona; David Burney, FAIA, NYC Department of Design & Construction, Long Island City; Vergel Lee Gay Jr., AIA, Texas A & M, College Station, Texas; and Curtis J. Moody, FAIA, Moody Nolan, Inc., Columbus, Ohio. One member commented that RDA was “an excellent program that raises consciousness about architecture and urban design. It is certainly worthy of recognition and has won many awards since its inception in 1972.”

In addition to praise bestowed by the jury, Raymond Brochstein, former president of the custom millwork company Brochsteins noted “RDA has educated Houstonians about architects and architecture through lectures and tours, instigated and nurtured some landmark urban improvement projects, and made public and private decision makers aware that good design matters!”As RDA moves into its 40th year as an organization, it is now more than ever ready to embrace its values of educating, engaging, and impacting the Houston community around issues concerning the built environment—which the AIA award well recognizes.

RDA – Spotlight Award Winners: LA DALLMAN

Grace La and James Dallman

RDA’s third annual Spotlight Award is being given to partners Grace La and James Dallman of the firm, LA DALLMAN. The international award, which recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their professional careers, carries a cash prize and invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. LA DALLMAN is the first United States practice to receive the prize, which was previously awarded to acclaimed architects Antón García-Abril of Spain and Sou Fujimoto of Japan.

Based in Milwaukee, LA DALLMAN is responsible for such innovative projects as ; the Miller Brewing Employee Meeting Center; the Marsupial Bridge,; the UWM Hillel Student Center; the “City of Freshwater and Great Lakes Future” permanent exhibits at Discovery World; among countless others. Led by James Dallman and Grace La, LA DALLMAN has been awarded over 30 professional honors since its inception in 1999., LA DALLMAN was named a 2010 Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York and was a recipient of the national 2007 Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Silver Medal.

Spotlight committee member and architecture professor at the University of Houston Rafael Longoria says, “La and Dallman are great examples for architects in Houston. They have advanced a form of strategic sustainability that goes beyond a checklist of best practices, and towards the integration of architecture and landscape. Their projects represent a diverse range from insertions within the urban fabric, to public space and infrastructure—offering a leading example of urban recycling and sensitivity to context. It is inspirational to see the quality of work being produced by a design-intensive practice in the U.S. Midwest.”

The public is invited to hear LA DALLMAN lecture on September 7, 2011 at The MFA,H.

DATE: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m.)
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet. Additional parking is available until 7 pm for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are $25, but those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at
6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

Spotlight Award Winners: LA DALLMAN

Grace La and James Dallman

RDA’s third annual Spotlight Award is being given to partners Grace La and James Dallman of the firm, LA DALLMAN. The international award, which recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their professional careers, carries a cash prize and invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. LA DALLMAN is the first United States practice to receive the prize, which was previously awarded to acclaimed architects Antón García-Abril of Spain and Sou Fujimoto of Japan.

Based in Milwaukee, LA DALLMAN is responsible for such innovative projects as the Miller Brewing Employee Meeting Center; the Marsupial Bridge; the UWM Hillel Student Center; the “City of Freshwater and Great Lakes Future” permanent exhibits at Discovery World; among countless others. Led by James Dallman and Grace La, LA DALLMAN has been awarded over 30 professional honors since its inception in 1999., LA DALLMAN was named a 2010 Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York and was a recipient of the national 2007 Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Silver Medal. In addition to their design practice, Grace is Associate Professor at the University of Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning where James is Adjunct Professor. The couple are also currently appointed Design Critics in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Spotlight committee member and architecture professor at the University of Houston Rafael Longoria says, “La and Dallman are great examples for architects in Houston. They have advanced a form of strategic sustainability that goes beyond a checklist of best practices, and towards the integration of architecture and landscape. Their projects represent a diverse range from insertions within the urban fabric, to public space and infrastructure—offering a leading example of urban recycling and sensitivity to context. It is inspirational to see the quality of work being produced by a design-intensive practice in the U.S. Midwest.”

The public is invited to hear LA DALLMAN lecture on September 7, 2011 at The MFA,H.

DATE: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m.)
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet. Additional parking is available until 7 pm for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are $25, but those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at
6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.