Cite Magazine

Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston is a quarterly publication that has always mixed an appreciation of high design with a shot of down and dirty civic engagement. Visit to learn more and visit the online archives, or read below for a brief synopsis. The cover of the first issue, published in 1982, was graced by the image of a sewer manhole. “Trading Toilets: The Subterranean Zoning of Houston” shared the feature well with a review of Renzo Piano-designed Menil Collection and an interview of Cesar Pelli.


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Few cities have their own architecture and design magazine. When Cite was launched, Houston was the landing pad of the world’s star architects, the Dubai of the time. Houston had bucked the trends of the national economy and anything seemed possible, until the savings and loans failed and the price of oil collapsed. Cite persisted. It cataloged the lost opportunities, lamented speculation unaccompanied by considered urban planning, and pointed to the troubling patterns underlying a rapidly changing environment. It was there for each new loop road; there for struggles over light rail, condo towers, and changing neighborhoods; there to bear witness to the oddities and unexpected joys of the city.

We ask not only for you to read the publication but for your participation and support. The options are varied: sending us tips and feedback, contributing to our newly launched blog,, writing magazine articles, or volunteering to help distribute the magazine. We welcome input from anyone—architects and designers, city planners and developers, real estate agents, community activists, artist, and civic-minded individuals.

Grants, Awards, and Praise

Cite has been supported by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Endowment Inc., the Susan Vaughan Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission for the Arts. In addition, Cite was nominated for the prestigious Chrysler Corporation’s Award for Innovation in Design, which honors six outstanding designers or design teams each year. Cite has received awards from the Art Directors Club of Houston, Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Houston Press Club, the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and the Texas Society of Architects.

What others are saying about Cite:

“I find Cite to be thorough, imaginative, always stimulating, and responsive to the diversity of the Houston community.”
– Larry McMurtry

Cite is one of the liveliest and most interesting journals on architecture and urbanism being produced today.”
– Robert Bruegmann, University of Illinois at Chicago

“I know of few other publications in America that have so consistently, and at such a perceptive and sophisticated level, promoted high quality design as a mission of education and improvement…. I am devoted to it and read every issue with great interest, even though I live a half continent away.”
– Laurie D. Olin, FASLA, Hon. AIA, FAAR

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