Category Archives: Charrettes

2015 Design Charrette: “1:1: A Plaza for the New Big Brothers Big Sisters HQ”

Rendering of the new Big Brothers Big Sisters Headquarters. Courtesy: Agency-Agency.

Rendering of the new Big Brothers Big Sisters Headquarters. Courtesy: Agency-Agency, LLC.

The 2015 design charrette, “1:1: A Plaza for the New Big Brothers Big Sisters HQ,” is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, at Hanszen College at Rice University. Organized by rdAGENTS, this year’s charrette challenges participants to conceptualize a highly visible part of the new three-story headquarters, designed by Agency-Agency and now under construction on Washington Avenue, of Greater Houston Big Brothers Big Sisters. Moreover, the leadership of BBBS has discussed with rdAGENTS the intention to continue working with the winning team to realize their design and incorporate it into the building.

Charrette participants will receive the full program detailing the challenge and presenting specific considerations when they arrive the morning of August 1. The competition will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Architects, designers, planners, developers, artists, and individuals in teams of up to five people are invited to participate. Fees range from $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members and will cover the cost of breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day.

Download the registration form here!

A site visit on Saturday, July 25, will precede the charrette. Participants will be able to tour the location and take photographs. The time and meeting  place for the site visit will be announced at a later date.

Results of the charrette will be on display and jurors will announce awards in Anderson Hall at a reception on Monday, August 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Last year, a five-member team from Page was awarded “Best Overall Design.” The charrette challenged participants to create a new vision for Rice Village that improved the neighborhood’s identity and overall mobility for all users.

Team from Page Awarded Top Honors at 2014 Design Charrette

Juror Neyran Turan, Özge Gulec Inal of Page, and juror Kathie Easterly at the charrette reception at Rice University's Anderson Hall.

Juror Neyran Turan, Özge Gulec Inal of Page, and juror Kathie Easterly at the charrette reception at Rice University’s Anderson Hall.

Drawings, maps, renderings, photographs, and more were displayed in Anderson Hall at Rice University on Monday, August 4, at the reception and awards presentation for “Visions for the Village,” the annual design charrette organized by rdAGENTS, the young professionals group of RDA. Read More

2014 Design Charrette: “Visions for the Village”

Replica Village Arcade signage on University Boulevard. Photo: Allyn West.

Replica Village Arcade signage on University Boulevard. Photo: Allyn West.

This year’s design charrette, “Visions for the Village,” will challenge participants to imagine how Rice Village will evolve within Houston’s continuing evolution. Considered one of the city’s most desirable areas, Rice Village is poised for growth, but issues with mobility, walkability, and accessibility remain.

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REflections on RE-CRAFT


Melvalean McLemore represented her team to receive Best Overall Design. Team members not pictured are Peter Ho, Diana Ngo, and Octavie Berendschot.

To escape the summer heat, over thirty-five designers competed in air-conditioned studios on Saturday, August 3 for an intense eight-hour challenge to propose a new campus for the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). The center is a nonprofit arts organization within the Museum District on Main Street. Their mission is to advance education about the process, product, and history of craft. The Rice Design Alliance’s (RDA) young professional group, rdAGENTS, hosted the event in the cool studios graciously provided by the Rice School of Architecture.

Participants had an opportunity to attend a site visit a week prior, Saturday, July 27, at HCCC on Main Street. That hot steamy morning, team members received a tour of the site, inside and out. They started under the shade in the craft garden amongst the cotton, bamboo, and indigo plants, they walked though the exhibition galleries, Asher Gallery, offices, and studios. The front door on Main Street was another stop to view the current façade and street view. A week later, at the charrette, each team received a program, which defined the issues of creating a cohesive campus that would encompass all the important aspects of the center and increase their Main Street exposure and identity.

On Monday, August 5, invited jurors consisting of HCCC’s neighbor Christine West, Executive Director of Lawndale Art Center; Ernesto Maldonado, principal of Glassman Shoemake Maldonado and HCCC board member; Sheryl Kolasinski, Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer of the Menil Collection; and Julie Farr, Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, deliberated over the 10 entries. They determined the team that addressed the most aspects of the program in the clearest manner.

The Brave Architecture team (Team 5) made up of Diana Ngo, Peter Ho, Melvalean McLemore, and Octavie Berendschot were the winners of “Best Overall” award for their designs and ideas. The judges liked how they closed in the garden, creating essentially one entrance, and their design was clearly defined.

Cre8 Architects team (Team 8) made up of Amber Moncla, Stein Hansen, Stein Hansen, Bayardo Selva, and Luis Fernandez received “Best BIG Idea” award for their entry that proposed to close a portion of Rosedale Street and create a larger block with well-defined areas for exhibitions, programming, and creating a plaza. Clark Condon’s team (Team 6) made up of Sarah Smith, Luis Hildalgo, Jason Rainosek, Luke Love, and Taylor McNeill received “Best Garden Design” for their garden layout and good presentation. The garden area recreated the repetitious of Cs from the logo.

Below are galleries of the team entries.

Team 1
Shawn Wright
Ned Dodington
Jessica Knapp
Grace Rodriquez
Jonathan Lampson

Team 2
Jonathan McMillian
Joe Cowan
Riley Anderson
Stephen Evans

Team 3
Philip LeBlanc
Rudy Fabre

Team 4
Erin Shedd
Alfonso Hernandez
Valeriya Bowker

Team 5
Melvalean McLemore
Peter Ho
Diana Ngo
Octavie Berendschot

Team 6
Taylor McNeill
Jason Rainosek
Sarah Smith
Luke Love
Luis Hildalgo

Team 7
Courtney Harper
Kyle Thiel
Scott Brooks
Shih Wei

Team 8
Amber Moncla
Bayardo Selva
Stein Hansen
Luis Fernandez

Team 9
Arnika Shroff
Marquez Colby
Anthony Vu
Justin Mason
Robert Morris

Team 10
Anna Naydenova

2013 Design Charrette Reception


WHAT: Re-Craft: A New Palette for HCCC, 2013 Rice Design Alliance Design Charrette

WHEN: Monday, August 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

WHERE: Rice University, School of Architecture, Anderson Hall (Building 4), 6100 Main Street

WHO: The competition is open to architects and non-architects, designers, individuals, with teams of up to five.

Rice Design Alliance’s 2013 design charrette will challenge participants to integrate the campus of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). HCCC is a nonprofit arts organization located in the Museum District on Main Street. Its mission is to advance education about the product, process, and history of craft. Jurors for the competition will announce the winning designs!

2013 Design Charrette

WHAT: Re-Craft: A New Palette for HCCC, 2013 Rice Design Alliance Design Charrette

WHEN: The Charrette will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A site visit for the participants will take place on Saturday, July 27, at 9:00 a.m. at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street.

WHERE: Rice University, School of Architecture, Anderson Hall (Building 4), 6100 Main Street (Off Entrance 1).

WHO: The competition is open to architects and non-architects, designers, individuals, with teams of up to five.

Rice Design Alliance’s 2013 design charrette will challenge participants to integrate the campus of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). HCCC is a nonprofit arts organization located in the Museum District on Main Street. Its mission is to advance education about the product, process, and history of craft.

Charrette participants will be challenged to brainstorm general solutions to integrate different aspects of the center, including ways to help increase visibility on Main Street. More information and program elements will be presented to participants on the day of the charrette.

An entry fee of $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members will cover breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. To Sign up CLICK HERE!

2013 Design Charrette: RE-CRAFT

WHAT: Re-Craft: A New Palette for HCCC, 2013 Rice Design Alliance Design Charrette

WHEN: A site visit for the participants will take place on Saturday, July 27, at 9:00 a.m. at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street. The Charrette will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Rice School of Architecture where there will also be a reception held on Monday, August 5, from 6-8 p.m. at which time the winners will be announced.

WHERE: Rice University, School of Architecture, Anderson Hall (Building 4), 6100 Main Street (Off Entrance 1).

Register online click HERE!

Rice Design Alliance’s 2013 design charrette will challenge participants to integrate the campus of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). HCCC is a nonprofit arts organization located in the Museum District on Main Street. Its mission is to advance education about the product, process, and history of craft. Since opening in 2001, they have hosted over 130 exhibitions, over 85 Artist in Residences, and educated numerous children and adults through their workshops and outreach programs. The museum-quality exhibitions bring 29,000 visitors a year through their galleries, which are free and open to the public, and they reach an additional 8,000 through their educational programs.

Charrette participants will be challenged to brainstorm general solutions to integrate different aspects of the center, including ways to help increase visibility on Main Street. More information and program elements will be presented to participants on the day of the charrette.

rdAGENTS, Rice Design Alliance’s young professional group, invites interested parties to participate in the juried competition. An entry fee of $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members will cover breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. Jurors for the competition will announce the winning designs at an evening reception at the Rice School of Architecture, open to the public, on Monday, August 5, 2013.

For more information please call 713-348-4876.