2020 Lunchtime Lectures

Oct. 16 to 30, 2020

Please join us in October for a series of lunchtime lectures with the recipients of RDA's 2020 Houston Design Research Grant. The goal of the grant is to promote research on Houston-specific urban conditions that need urgent attention and that can make a significant contribution to the Houston community through quality design-thinking.

Each grantee category, including the Honorable Mention, was awarded with a $6,000 grant to further the work on their proposals. All three grantee projects will be published in Cite magazine.

Edward Liew, Shree Kale, and Anna Fritz, Student Winners
Rice Architecture, Rice University, Houston

Long Term Motel

Friday, October 16 | 12:00 p.m.
Zoom webinar, Register here 

The lunchtime lecture series kicks off Friday, October 16, at 12:00 p.m., with Student category winners Anna Fritz (B.A. ‘20), Shree Kale (B.A. ‘20), and Edward Liew (B.A. ‘20), from Rice Architecture, who will discuss their proposal, which looks at developing a new type of housing for temporary warehouse workers in the outer loop districts of Houston. 

De Peter Yi, Faculty Winner
Lecturer, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Moving Rooms: Reimagining Housing through the Single Room Occupancy (SRO)

Thursday, October 22 | 12:00 p.m.
Zoom webinar, Register here 

The series continues Thursday, October 22, at 12:00 p.m., with a presentation by the Faculty category winner, Rice University alumnus De Peter Yi (M.Arch. ‘14), Lecturer, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Yi will discuss his proposal, which addresses issues of inequality and affordability in housing.

Lene Sollie and Sebastián López, Honorable Mention
Rice Architecture, Rice University, Houston
Housing and Affordability in the Houston Context

Friday, October 30 | 12:00 p.m.
Zoom Webinar, Register here 

The series concludes Friday, October 30, at 12:00 p.m., with the recipients of the Honorable Mention in the Student category composed of Rice Architecture students Sebastián López (M.Arch. ‘22) and Lene Sollie (M.Arch. ‘22). López and Sollie will discuss their proposal, which concentrates on developing a new model of affordable housing for Houston’s Third Ward, with a focus on affordability, efficiency, sustainability, and comfort.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Please be sure to register online to receive the link to join. 

The Houston Design Research Grant is made possible thanks to a generous gift from The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (“Mitsui USA”).

The Honorable Mention 2020 is made possible thanks to the generosity and vision of Carrie A. and Jonathan H. Brinsden

Click here to learn more about the winning projects with juror comments and project images.