June 5, 2021

Virtual Tour

June 5 - June 19

RDA members receive FREE access to the virtual tour. To join or renew your membership, click here


For our 2021 Architecture Tour, RDA is looking UPWARDS and highlighting examples of urban density in Houston’s housing stock.

This year’s residences are featured in a special virtual program that explores our city’s gradual transition towards urban densification and some of the different examples of housing types that exist in Houston. The virtual tour opens on Saturday, June 5, and is accessible to watch at your leisure through Saturday, June 19. Locations all champion the denser urban fabric that our city needs as we face population growth and increasing climate challenges. 

While not the only examples of dense urban living, the homes on our tour offer possible alternative living scenarios—from past and present—that move away from single-family suburban housing and instead showcase the power of collective living.

TOWNHOUSE Quitman Street, SCHAUM/SHIEH, 2015. Number of units: 4.

COURTYARD Isabella Court, William D. Bordeaux, 1929. Number of units: 15.

LOFT LIVING Elder Street Artist Lofts, W.A. Dowdy, 1924. Renovation completed in 2005 by W.O. Neuhaus Associates. Number of units: 34.

HIGH-RISE The Huntingdon, Talbott Wilson, 1983. Interior completed in 2004. Number of units: 120.

SOCIAL HOUSING New Hope Housing Harrisburg, GSMA Architects, 2018. Number of units: 175.




Additionally, RDA will host a special live conversation with some of the homeowners, developers, and architects participating in the tour on Friday, June 11, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom, for all tour attendees to join.

This event is eligible for one AIA/CES Learning Unit. Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs. 

For questions, please contact the RDA office at rda@rice.edu or 713-348-4876.


RDA is grateful to Barbara Amelio, Scott and Judy Nyquist, and Walter P Moore for their support of the 2021 Architecture Tour.

Additional support for RDA is provided by RDA Underwriters: MAREK, W.S. Bellows Construction Corp., Harvey | Harvey-Cleary, Tellepsen, Hines, HKS, Inc., IBEW, MLN Company, m Strategic Partners, TDIndustries, TRIO Electric, and Walker Engineering, Inc. 

The Rice Design Alliance 2021 Architecture Tour is generously chaired by David Jefferis and Larry Lander.                    

Photography by Leonid Furmansky. Videography by Brenda Cruz-Wolf and Marvin Velasquez.