Category Archives: Lectures

RSA/RDA Spring 2015 Lecture Series: Plug-Ins

Rush Hour Rest Stop by raumlabor in Durban, South Africa. Photo: Roger Jardine.

Rush Hour Rest Stop by raumlabor in Durban, South Africa. Photo: Roger Jardine.

In software design, a plug-in adds a specific feature to enhance or expand an existing application. The Rice School of Architecture/Rice Design Alliance Spring 2015 Lecture Series presents four speakers who strategically install a different cultural plug-in — material, social, economic, tectonic — to refresh our attitudes about architecture’s capabilities. Read More

SPOTLIGHT: The RDA Prize Lecture with 5468796

Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic, principals of Winnipeg, Canada-based firm 5468796, accept SPOTLIGHT: The Rice Design Alliance Prize and lecture on September 9, 2014. Eligible honorees for SPOTLIGHT 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.

On Immediacy: Carlos Bedoya Ikeda

What: Carlos Bedoya Ikeda of Mexico City-based firm PRODUCTORA lectures for On Immediacy, the RSA/RDA Spring 2014 Lecture Series
When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 7 p.m.; pre-lecture reception begins in the Audrey Jones Beck Building at 6 p.m.
Where: Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet

The series, which will bring three other firms to Houston, 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.”

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Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Seniors 65 years and older
$10 – Students with ID
$35 – Others

Single Tickets (upon availability, sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture)
$7 – RDA, MFAH members
Seniors 65 years and older
Students with ID
$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.

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RDA: Water Quality and Solutions to Water Shortages

Water Quality Issues and Solutions to Water Shortages

Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Panelists: Jun Chang, Civil and Environmental Engineer, Deputy Director of Public Works, City of Houston, Dr. John Jacob, TAMU/Texas Sea Grant, Director Texas Coastal Watershed Program, Dr. Hanadi S. Rifai, Professor and Director of Environmental Engineering Graduate Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston

Moderators: Mark Greenblatt, Investigative Reporter, KHOU, and Thomas Colbert

Water is our most precious resource and this month, RDA hosts a two-part civic forum on water supply issues in the State of Texas and the Houston region on August 24 and August 31, 2011. Texas is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in its recorded history. Compounding this problem is the fact that many of the state’s aquifers have been in decline for many years. Water quality is emerging as a serious issue facing the Houston region. Will the state’s water supplies be adequate to support Houston’s growing population and continuing industrialization?