Rice Design Alliance's Civic Forum 2020 takes place this fall through an online roundtable discussion format and will address the urgent need for quality affordable housing in our city.
RDA Civic Forums take place yearly to look at urban and design topics that are of particular relevance to Houston and its region. Our current state of domestic confinement is laying bare glaring inequalities in the ways Houstonians live, but beyond the current moment, a discussion around the design aspects of affordable housing remains more urgent than ever. Is Houston still the affordable city it used to be? Who still has access to a house of their own? And who will build a new, quality affordable housing stock for those who need it?
The forum will include Mary Lawler, Executive Director, Avenue CDC; Tom McCasland, Director, Housing and Community Development Department, City of Houston; Lori Pampilo Harris, Housing Policy Consultant; Assata Richards, Founding Director, Sankofa Research Institute; Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Sociology Department; David Robinson, FAIA, At-Large Position 2, Council Member, City of Houston; and Rice Architecture Associate Professor Jesús Vassallo. The Civic Forum Q&A will be run by Jack Murphy, Editor, RDA, with opening respondent questions from Kyle Shelton, Deputy Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
The speakers, a group of practitioners, city officials, researchers, and housing activists, will engage in conversation about the value and need for skilled architectural design in the development of affordable housing models.
Rice Design Alliance’s Civic Forum is made possible through the generous support of Rice University's Humanities Research Center with additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Funding also is provided by RDA Underwriters: Harvey |Harvey-Cleary, Tellepsen, W.S. Bellows Construction Corp., Hines, HKS, Inc., MLN Company, m Strategic Partners, TRIO Electric, and Walker Engineering, Inc.
The Civic Forum is 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.