Rice Architecture Presents the Fall 2020 Lecture Series: Race, Social Justice, and Allyship

Aug. 26 to Nov. 11, 2020

Rice Architecture Fall 2020 Lectures are part of an initiative to acknowledge, understand, and act on systemic racism in the built environment. Invited designers, scholars, and activists will speak on the relationship between race, architecture, and, by extension, related questions of social equity, environmental justice, and gender parity. The aim of the lecture series is to foreground these issues in the school’s curriculum while more broadly fostering solidarity and action in architecture.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Please be sure to register online for each lecture to receive the link to join. For more information on all lectures and to register to attend, visit arch.rice.edu/latest/events and ricedesignalliance.org.

Noon Talks and Evening Lectures via Zoom, Wednesdays at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Rice Architecture Fall 2020 Lecture Series   

Mikki Hebl

Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Professor of Psychological Sciences and Management, Rice University

Noon Talk: How Individuals and Organizations can Reduce Racism

Wednesday, August 26, 12 p.m.

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Anzilla Gilmore

Assistant Director for Project Management and Engineering, Rice University. Guest Speakers: Nicola Springer, Executive Vice President and Director of pK-12 Projects, Kirksey Architecture; Florence Tang, Project Manager, Design and Engineering, Houston Zoo; Laura Vargas, Project Director, EYP Architecture & Engineering

Noon Talk: Architecture: It is what it is, but it does not have to be

Wednesday, September 2, 12 p.m.

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Ilze Wolff & Heinrich Wolff

Principals, Wolff Architects, South Africa

About Paying Attention

Wednesday, September 9, 12 p.m.

(please note time, to accommodate different time-zones)

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Jesús Vassallo

Associate Professor, Rice Architecture

Noon Talk: Affordable Housing Lab

Wednesday, September 16, 12 p.m.

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Ana María León

Assistant Professor, History of Art, University of Michigan

You Are Standing On Occupied Land

Wednesday, September 23, 6 p.m.

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Stephen Fox

Lecturer, Rice Architecture; Lecturer, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston; and Fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas

Noon Talk: Asking What It All Means

Wednesday, September 30, 12 p.m.

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Kadambari Baxi

Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture, Barnard College, Columbia University

Activism: Climate, Labor, Memorial

Wednesday, October 7, 6 p.m.

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Nonya Grenader

Professor in the Practice, Rice Architecture; Principal, Nonya Grenader Architects

Noon Talk: Collaborations

Wednesday, October 14, 12 p.m.

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Michael Stone-Richards

Professor and Director of Critical Theory, College for Creative Studies; Editor, Detroit Research

Negation and Disavowal in Spatial Politics

Wednesday, October 21, 6 p.m.

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IIze Wolff and Heinrich Wolff

Principals Wolff Architects, South Africa

About Paying Attention: Part II

Monday, October 26, 12 p.m.


PLAT Roundtable

Panelists: Walter Benn Michaels, Professor of English, University of Illinois Chicago; Savia Palate, Ph.D. candidate, Cambridge University; Megan Panzano, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Undergraduate Architecture Studies, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and Design Director, studioPM. Moderators: PLAT editors Sebastián López Cardozo (M.Arch. ‘22) and Mai Okimoto (M.Arch. ’22)

Re-Committing Architecture

Wednesday, October 28, 6 p.m.

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Thomas J. Sugrue

Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History; Director of The Cities Collaborative at NYU; and Director of the Metropolitan Studies Program, New York University

Less Separate, Still Unequal: Cities, Suburbs, and the Unfinished Struggle for Racial Justice

Wednesday, November 4, 6 p.m.

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A House of One’s Own

Rice Design Alliance Civic Forum 2020

A State of Houston Housing

Wednesday, November 11, 6 p.m.

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This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund and the William B. Coleman, Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture.

Rice Design Alliance’s Civic Forum is made possible through the generous support of the Humanities Research Center with additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts. For RDA’s Houston Design Research Grant lunchtime lectures by awardees De Peter Yi (Faculty winner); Anna FritzShree Kale, and Edward Liew (Student winners); and Sebastián López and Lene Sollie (Honorable Mention), please visit ricedesignalliance.org. The Houston Design Research Grant lunchtime lectures are made possible through the generous support of The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation.

All Fall 2020 evening lectures are eligible for one AIA/CES Learning Unit. Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs. Watch the lecture, download the pdf, and submit for credit.




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