A House of One's Own: A State of Houston Housing

November 11, 2020
6:00 p.m.

Zoom webinar

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

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Rice Design Alliance's Civic Forum 2020 will take place this fall through an online roundtable discussion format and will address the urgent need for quality affordable housing in our city. The forum’s speakers will encourage an active conversation amongst practitioners, city officials, researchers and housing activists about the value and need for skilled architectural design in the development of housing models in an environment otherwise largely dominated by real estate development schemes.

With our current state of domestic confinement laying bare the glaring inequalities in the ways Houstonians live, an open community discussion around the design aspects of affordable housing is more urgent than ever.

The Civic Forum 2020 is hosted in collaboration with Jesús Vassallo, associate professor, Rice Architecture, whose work and practice centers on housing research in Houston and beyond.

Stay tuned for an updated list of speakers and registration information.


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.
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.