Category Archives: Lectures

Plug-Ins: Markus Bader

Architect Markus Bader, co-founder of Berlin-based firm raumlabor, spoke at the Brown Auditorium in The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Bader was the first speaker in Plug—Ins, the RSA/RDA 2015 Spring Lecture Series, curated by Tei Carpenter, Wortham Visiting Lecturer with the Rice School of Architecture.

Plug-Ins: James Casebere

James Casebere, artist and photographer, spoke at the Brown Auditorium in The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Casebere was the second speaker in Plug—Ins, the RSA/RDA 2015 Spring Lecture Series, curated by Tei Carpenter, Wortham Visiting Lecturer with the Rice School of Architecture.

2015 RSA/RDA Lectures: Seriously Cute

Speechbuster / 99 Chairs by Jimenez Lai with Grayson Cox. Courtesy image.

Speechbuster / 99 Chairs by Jimenez Lai with Grayson Cox. Courtesy image.

“Cute architecture? How absurd,” writes Andrew Colopy. Assistant Professor at the Rice School of Architecture and curator of the 2015 RSA/RDA Lecture Series, Colopy has invited three scholars and practitioners to challenge some of our most basic assumptions about images and aesthetic categories and to question the ways in which serious architecture —– “built upon beauty, permanenace, complexity, bigness,” as he writes — might also be thought of as cute. Read More

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.