Glassell School of Art

 View north to the walkable roofline of the Glassell School of Art; the Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza; Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Column (foreground, right); and Eduardo Chillida’s Song of Strength (rear, left). Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects.
March 21, 2018
5:30 p.m.

Glassell School of Art 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Join the Rice Design Alliance for a hard hat tour of the Glassell School of Art by Steven Holl Architects. The Glassell School is the nation’s only museum-affiliated art school serving pre-K through the postgraduate level. The building's grand opening is scheduled for May 20, 2018. The dramatic L-shaped design for the school features a sloping, walkable roofline that runs the length of the building and connects two prominent gathering places: wide-stepped amphitheater seating at its base and a roof garden above. The interior of the 85,000-square-foot school features three dozen studios, all illuminated with natural light and designed to served more than 8,500 children and adults annually. The building also includes public gallery spaces, a 75-seat auditorium and a public coffee bar. 

Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. is a Houston architecture firm with a unique focus on providing Architect of Record services in collaboration with some of the world’s premier design firms. Principals Larry Burns and Saman Ahmadi, who have been working with MFAH and Steven Holl Architects since 2012, are leading this hard hat tour for RDA members. 

McCarthy Building Companies is the general contractor. Winston Hesch is the construction superintendent who will also guide attendees during this event. The following Rice Design Alliance Corporate Members were all part of the team of this notable project:

Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.
Walter P. Moore
Minor Design Group, Inc.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.