This year's theme "ADAPT" refers to the different ways in which architects and owners of Houston homes have modified their living spaces to adapt to changing conditions.
The six Houston houses featured on the tour have adapted to generational succession, family change, climate crisis, neighborhood expectations, rising waters, and preserving in place. In some cases, architects have adapted existing spaces. In others, they adapt their designs to shifting, sometimes unpredictable circumstances. Much in contrast with current trends in building unnecessarily large and inefficient homes, the six homes featured in ADAPT all respond to an intent to reuse existing spaces through adaptation. Whether expressed through rehabilitation, addition, retrofitting, or raising, the ethic of adaptation promotes the preservation of a neighborhood's fabric while avoiding obsolescence in a constantly evolving suburban landscape.
The Rice Design Alliance 2019 Architecture Tour is chaired by Joyce Lander, Larry Lander, Marybeth Flaherty, and Tom Flaherty.
We are grateful to Scott and Judy Nyquist and Arkitektura Development, Inc. for their generous sponsorship of the Rice Design Alliance 2019 Architecture Tour ADAPT. Additional support is provided by RDA Underwriters: Walker Engineering and Crawford; ABB Group; Cardno; DPR Construction; D.E. Harvey Builders; Hines; m Strategic Partners; Putterman, Scharck & Associates; Louisa Stude Sarofim; Walter P Moore; and Charlotte and Larry Whaley.