Director’s Residence Façade, John Gaw Meem, 1930. Courtesy of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. Image by David Rasch.
June 17 to 21, 2021

Accommodations: Inn and Spa at Loretto

Rice Design Alliance is thrilled to announce its next Traveling Program destination for summer 2021 is a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 17 - June 21, curated by Rice Architecture faculty Stephen Fox and Carlos Jiménez

Santa Fe is a case study in American cultural invention. Capital of the state of New Mexico, the city was spatially reinvented during the first third of the twentieth century by artists, anthropologists, and architects, who abstracted historic building typologies, modes of construction, and landscape formations to formulate a picturesque urbanism that represents itself as rustic, indigenous, and un-designed. 

Over five days and four nights, Fox and Jiménez will guide us through the architectural and cultural gems of the high-desert city that distinguish it as a world-class destination. Trip highlights include tours of private homes and visits to some of Santa Fe’s most venerable art institutions: SITE Santa Fe, the Lannan Foundation, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, as well as the artist’s historic home and studio in nearby Abiquiú. The trip begins and ends in Albuquerque with visits to the University of New Mexico School of Architecture, hosted by Dean Robert González, and the historic Los Poblanos property.

While the trip will be populated with exclusive tours and activities, our itinerary will allow time for you to freely explore Santa Fe and its well-known art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. 

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 at 713.348.4876 or For registration and pricing details, click here

Rice Design Alliance is pleased to offer the Lynn Murray Educational Trust Young Professional Travel Program Scholarship, which grants one young professional (under the age of 35) working in a design-related field the opportunity to participate in the Santa Fe trip. The scholarship covers airfare, hotel, and meals during the duration of the trip. To access the scholarship guidelines and application form, click here.