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.

2015 Anything That Floats Competition

Update: Friday, April 24: Unfortunately, we’ve had to postpone the event on account of weather. We’re working on a rain date. The fifth annual Anything That Floats competition will be held in Downtown Houston at Sesquicentennial Park on Buffalo Bayou on April 25, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The competition is organized by […]

Civic Forum Explores Houston’s Wards

Until 1905, Houston was organized geographically and politically into six districts, or wards. A new city charter made the wards unnecessary, but their boundaries have been used informally and imaginatively ever since to help Houstonians maintain a sense of place and identity. RDA is hosting a free civic forum on Tuesday, March 24, featuring a […]

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.

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.

Spring 2015 Architecture Tour: afterWARDS

Though the ward system in Houston was abandoned in 1905, the six original neighborhoods retain strong senses of place and provide residents a tangible link, through architecture, to history and identity. The Rice Design Alliance Spring 2015 Architecture Tour, afterWARDS: An Architecture Tour of Houston’s Wards and Beyond, features houses that both stand out from […]

Now Open: Initiatives for Houston 2015

The Rice Design Alliance will accept applications from January 12 through April 6 to the 16th annual Initiatives for Houston grants program for students and faculty of the Rice School of Architecture, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University, and the Department of […]

RSA/RDA Spring 2015 Lecture Series: Plug-Ins

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.