Albert Frey (American, born Switzerland, 1903-1998), Frey House II, 1963-1964, addition 1970-1971, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, Bequest of Albert Frey, 55-1999.1. Photo by James Schnepf.
January 20 to 23, 2022

In January 2022, Rice Design Alliance kicks off its annual Traveling Progam in Palm Springs, California. Join us for a four-day and three-night trip to the mid-century modern architecture oasis in the Sonora Desert. Travelers will learn about the fragile ecosystem from its indigenous Cahuilla roots, through its development as both a health destination and get-away for Hollywood stars, to contemporary developments. During our visit, the group will experience tours of some of the city’s most iconic public buildings and private homes, including the Frey House II (Albert Frey, 1964), the Palm Springs Art Museum and Architecture and Design Center, and stay at the 28-room Holiday House designed by Herbert Burns in 1951 in downtown Palm Springs.

While days will be filled with exclusive tours, two evenings will be left free for your own exploration of our destination city. See details below on how to join us for this design lover’s trip to Palm Springs.

The trip is curated by Donna Kacmar, FAIA, professor at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and Stephen Fox, architectural historian, Fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas, and lecturer at Rice Architecture and the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design.


This tour has been submitted for AIA/CES Learning Units. Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs.

Participation in the Travel Program is available to members of the Rice Design Alliance. Membership is open to all. Please contact Raquel Puccio for information on registration at 713.348.4876 or

Rice Design Alliance is pleased to offer the Lynn Murray Educational Trust Young Professional Travel Program Scholarship, which covers the cost for one young professional (under the age of 35) working in a design-related field the opportunity to participate in the Palm Springs trip. To access the scholarship guidelines and application form, click here.