Texas is Urban
That Texas is urban is beyond doubt. Its cities are some of the largest in the country, and they are complicated in ways that defy simple narratives. Its inhabitants are diverse in ways that challenge easy demographic categorization. Its culture is open, alive, and fierce. For fifty years the Rice Design Alliance—the public programs and community outreach arm of the Rice School of Architecture—has been putting the world on notice that a powerful and unique urban phenomenon defines the way of life across our region. The urban culture we shape every day locally has implications globally. The RDA remains at the forefront of investigating the challenges and promoting the potential of the Texas city. As the RDA turns fifty, it cannot turn away from its role at the center of design advocacy in Texas. But to continue exploring how we will develop our cities in the coming decades, we will need your participation. Join us.
Kathryn Holliday, PhD
Professor and Director
Dillon Center for Texas Architecture
University of Texas at Arlington
Michael Kubo, PhD Assistant Professor and History/Theory Program Coordinator
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design
University of Houston
Jeffrey Lieber, PhD Associate Professor of Art History
Texas State University
Raúl A. Ramos, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of History
University of Houston
Troy Schaum, AIA
Associate Professor of Architecture
Director of RDA Programs
All lectures are free and open to the public. In the event that COVID-19 circumstances prohibit in-person lectures, the series may be held virtually via Zoom. Each lecture has been submitted for AIA CES approval.
This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund; the William B. Coleman Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture; the Wm. W. Caudill Lecture Series Fund; and Rice Design Alliance (RDA), the public programs and outreach arm of Rice Architecture, which includes the generous support of its members and RDA Underwriters: Harvey | Harvey-Cleary; Tellepsen Family; Big State Electric; Brochsteins; CED Houston; MAREK; Turner Construction; and Walter P. Moore. Additional support is provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts.