Category Archives: rdAGENTS

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. 


2015 PARK(ing) Day in Houston

Vivian Nguyen writes on the rdAGENTS chalkboard wall at PARK(ing) Day in Downtown Houston.

Vivian Nguyen writes on the rdAGENTS chalkboard wall at PARK(ing) Day in Downtown Houston.

On Friday, September 18, the Rice Design Alliance collaborated with landscape architecture firms, research institutes, professional organizations, student groups, and others to occupy 14 on-street parking spaces in Downtown Houston and transform them into temporary public spaces. Read More

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.

Instagram Scavenger Hunt with rdAGENTS: #HOUOnTheRails

Now that METRO has rolled out the East End (Green) Line and Southeast (Purple) Line, even more of inside-the-Loop Houston is connected via light rail. The young professional group of the Rice Design Alliance, rdAGENTS, is partnering with METRO to challenge you to explore the lines and view the city through a different lens with an Instagram Scavenger Hunt, “HOUSTON: On The Rails.”

Taking place on Saturday, June 13, the hunt will begin at Market Square Park [click for a map] at 9:30 a.m. Clues will be revealed that morning. Teams will need at least one smartphone, a good map or app (such as METRO’s T.R.I.P. app), and a public Instagram account. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., teams of up to four people will solve the clues and ride MetroRail to their destinations to photograph iconic landmarks, architectural details, and other bits of Houston’s built environment. Teams will post their photos to Instagram using the hashtag #HOUOnTheRails. The first team to solve all the clues and meet back at Market Square Park is the winner!

Awards will be announced at 1 p.m. Prizes (and some serious street cred) will be given to the top three teams.

Registration is $20 per team through June 10 at noon. After that, registration is $25. Download the full list of rules and a registration form. And don’t forget to follow RDA on Instagram at @RDAHouston.