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08 Sep

2015 RDA SPOTLIGHT Prize Lecture

Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi of KILO Architectures. Photo: Charlotte Valode.

Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi of KILO Architectures. Photo: Charlotte Valode.

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. Read More

09 Sep

SPOTLIGHT: The 2014 Rice Design Alliance Prize and Lecture

The sixth annual Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Prize will be awarded to Canadian firm 5468796, founded by Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic. The international award recognizes architects and designers in the early years of their careers. 5648796 will formally accept the prize and give a lecture on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 7 p.m. at The MFA,H. Read More

2015 Spotlight Prize Goes to OUALALOU+CHOI

Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi. Photo: Charlotte Valode.

Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi. Photo: Charlotte Valode.

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 project’s inception. Read More

SPOTLIGHT: The RDA Prize Lecture with 5468796

Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic, principals of Winnipeg, Canada-based firm 5468796, accept SPOTLIGHT: The Rice Design Alliance Prize and lecture on September 9, 2014. Eligible honorees for SPOTLIGHT must be within their first 15 years of professional practice. An RDA committee of architects and academics convenes annually to consider local, national, and international architects who demonstrate design excellence and promise a great design future.

2014 Spotlight Prize Goes to 5468796

The office of 5468796. Courtesy photo.

Winnipeg-based firm 5468796. Courtesy photo.

The sixth annual Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Prize will be awarded to Canadian firm 5468796, founded by Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic. The international award, which comes with a cash prize and an invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, recognizes architects and designers in the early years of their careers.

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Spotlight Award Given to Interboro Partners

Brooklyn based firm, Interboro Partners, will be awarded the fifth annual Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize. The award, which recognizes an exceptionally gifted firm in the early phase of their professional career, carries a cash prize of $1,500. The firm consists of Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Rice School of Architecture alumna Georgeen Theodore who will accept the award on behalf of her firm and present the firm’s work at a lecture at the Museum of Fine Art.

Theodore received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is an Associate Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, and the Director of the Infrastructure Planning Program. Interboro Partners have won many awards for its innovative projects, including the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Awards, and the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices and Young Architects Award.

Spotlight committee member and professor at the Rice School of Architecture John Casbarian says, “I distinctly remember Georgeen Theodore’s work at RSA, so many years ago, which was serene, understated, yet extremely powerful. To me, her hand is very evident in the collaborative work of Interboro Partners whose broad range of projects, expand the boundaries of architecture and urban design, are refreshingly simple and direct, and yet, conceptually intricate, cerebral and creative.”

Eligible honorees for the Spotlight Prize must be within their first 15 years of professional practice. An RDA committee of architects and academics convenes annually to consider local, national, and international architects who demonstrate design excellence and promise a great design future. Theodore will be in Houston this fall to formally accept the RDA prize.

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013
 at 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m.)
Location: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. Additional parking is available until 7 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin streets.
Tickets: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for nonmembers are $25, but those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

Spotlight Prize: Pezo von Ellrichshausen

RDA’s fourth annual Spotlight Award is being given to the Chilean firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen. The international award, which recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their professional careers, carries a cash prize and invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Led by Sofia von Ellrichshausen and Mauricio Pezo, Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio that focuses largely on the power of geometric form, volumetric experiments, and conceptual simplicity.

Spotlight Committee Member and Harry K. & Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture at Rice University John Casbarian said, “I was struck by the power of their bold abstract compositional forms which exist simultaneously in harmony and in contrast with the context. This tension, coupled with the inventive use of stark materials underscores the visual impact of their unique and simply stunning architecture.”

Founded in Concepción in 2002, the firm has been awarded at the IberoAmerican Biennial, the Chilean Architecture Biennial, and at The AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, among others. They teach regularly in Chile and have been visiting professors at universities in New York and Texas.

The public is invited to hear Pezo von Ellrichshausen lecture on Monday, November 12, 2012 at The MFA,H.

DATE: Monday, November 12, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m. Reception is sponsored D.E. Harvey Builders. Please note that the reception will take place in the Beck Building across the street).
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet.
Additional parking is available until 7 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are not for sale yet but they will be $25 at the door, also those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distribute on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

This event is made possible by support from: A & E – The Graphics Complex, Abel Design Group, Behringer Harvard, D. E. Harvey Builders, Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc., Mary Haus and Willard Holmes, Lonnie Hoogeboom and Betsy Strauch, Paradigm Consultants, Inc., Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc., TDIndustries, Inc., Transwestern, Turner Construction Company, Walter P Moore, the Corporate Members if the Rice Design Alliance, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas of Commission on the Arts.

Sou Fujimoto Lecture

image © designboom

Image © designboom

As this year’s award committee deliberated about whom to give the second annual Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize, the up and coming architect Sou Fujimoto rose to the top as a unanimous choice. The award, which recognizes an exceptionally gifted architect in the early phase of their professional career, carries a cash prize.

Graduating from the University of Tokyo’s Department of Architecture in 1994, Fujimoto established his eponymous practice, Sou Fujimoto Architects, in 2000. Fujimoto’s work, which he defines as “formless form” where the architecture exists between nature and artifact, has garnered multiple awards and much praise. Many of his projects employ material layering to heighten sensory experience, perhaps most evident in the log-stacking of his award-winning and highly-lauded Wooden House.

Spotlight committee member and professor at the Rice School of Architecture Carlos Jimenez says,“Fujimoto has managed in a short time to build his own unmistakable position through works that surprise with their multifaceted simplicity. These works might be initially read as minimal yet on closer inspection they reveal a more complex reading where program, culture, and nature produce an abundance of architecture.”

Eligible honorees for the Spotlight Prize must be within their first 15 years of professional practice. An RDA committee of architects and academics convenes annually to consider local, national, and international architects who demonstrate design excellence and promise a great design future. Fujimoto will be in Houston this fall to formally accept the RDA prize. He will present his firm’s work at the annual Spotlight lecture.

DATE: Tuesday, 7 September 2010
TIME: 7 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m.)
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
1001 Bissonnet. Additional parking is available until 7 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for nonmembers are $25, but those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

Below is a sneak peek:

Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo, Japan – Inside / Outside Tree from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo.

RDA Recognizes Japanese Architect Sou Fujimoto with Spotlight Prize

image © designboom

Image © designboom

As this year’s award committee deliberated about whom to give the second annual Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize, the up and coming architect Sou Fujimoto rose to the top as a unanimous choice. The award, which recognizes an exceptionally gifted architect in the early phase of their professional career, carries a cash prize.

Graduating from the University of Tokyo’s Department of Architecture in 1994, Fujimoto established his eponymous practice, Sou Fujimoto Architects, in 2000. Fujimoto’s work, which he defines as “formless form” where the architecture exists between nature and artifact, has garnered multiple awards and much praise. Many of his projects employ material layering to heighten sensory experience, perhaps most evident in the log-stacking of his award-winning and highly-lauded Wooden House.

Spotlight committee member and professor at the Rice School of Architecture Carlos Jimenez says,“Fujimoto has managed in a short time to build his own unmistakable position through works that surprise with their multifaceted simplicity. These works might be initially read as minimal yet on closer inspection they reveal a more complex reading where program, culture, and nature produce an abundance of architecture.”

Eligible honorees for the Spotlight Prize must be within their first 15 years of professional practice. An RDA committee of architects and academics convenes annually to consider local, national, and international architects who demonstrate design excellence and promise a great design future. Fujimoto will be in Houston this fall to formally accept the RDA prize. He will present his firm’s work at the annual Spotlight lecture.

DATE: Tuesday, 7 September 2010
TIME: 7 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m.)
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
1001 Bissonnet. Additional parking is available until 7 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for nonmembers are $25, but those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

Below is a sneak peek:

Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo, Japan – Inside / Outside Tree from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo.