2015 RSA/RDA Lectures: Seriously Cute

“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 […]

2015 Spotlight Prize Goes to OUALALOU+CHOI

The seventh annual SPOTLIGHT: The Rice Design Alliance Prize will be awarded to OUALALOU+CHOI, formerly KILO Architectures. Founded by Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi in 2000, the firm has offices in Paris and Casablanca and recently completed the Moroccan Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015. OUALALOU+CHOI believes that stronger design results from architects’ involvement from a […]

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

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 […]

2015 Hometown Tour: The Big Easy and Beyond

Last April, 35 RDA members spent a four-day weekend in New Orleans, Algiers, and the River Road. Planned with the help of Blaine Adams and Patrick Falcon, both from Louisiana, and led by Lynn Kelly and architectural historian Stephen Fox, the tour included unique, eccentric, and soulful stops around the city and beyond.

2015 RDA Gala To Honor Uptown Houston

Purchase tables and tickets now for the 29th RDA gala. On Saturday, November 14, 2015, Uptown Houston will be recognized as an exceptional patron of architecture and urban design.

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 […]

2015 Civic Forum: inWARDS: Reflections on Houston’s Wards

inWARDS: Reflections on Houston’s Wards was a civic forum with short presentations and a moderated discussion among panelists and audience members. The forum was held March 24, 2015, at the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Panelists included Jim Parsons of Preservation Houston, Pat Jasper of the Houston Arts Alliance, Assata Richards of Project Row Houses and the Sankofa Research Institute, and Houston Poet Laureate and writer Gwendolyn Zepeda. Moderated by Florence Tang of StudioMET Architects. The forum was presented in conjunction with RDA’s 40th annual architecture tour, afterWARDS: An Architecture Tour of Houston’s Wards and Beyond.