June 5, 2020

Rice Design Alliance welcomes Jack Murphy (M.Arch. '20) as Editor. In this role, Murphy will lead the efforts for Cite magazine and Cite Digital, bringing his expertise as a designer and writer to inform and engage RDA’s diverse audience. Additionally, Murphy will work on expanding Cite’s content through various RDA channels and formats, including video, social media, and other modes of delivery.
Most recently, Murphy earned a graduate degree in architecture from Rice University and an undergraduate degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked for architects in Boston, Austin, Houston, and New York City. His writing has appeared in DwellTexas ArchitectThe Architect’s NewspaperPlaces JournalCiteThe Houston ChronicleArchitectural Record (online), PLAT, and Paprika!, among other publications. Murphy has collaborated on the editing of multiple books; most recently, he was co-Editor-in-Chief for PLAT 8.0 Simplicity. Before working in architecture, he worked as a tour guide, artist’s assistant, music librarian, Greyhound bus station attendant, and soundboard operator.

“We’re incredibly lucky to have Jack join RDA’s growing team. As a recent graduate of Rice Architecture, Jack is not only already familiar with RDA and its Houston community, but also brings with him a robust design background that will no doubt inject a whole new focus and energy into RDA’s editorial and publication efforts. Jack’s ability to connect local Houston issues to the larger architectural and urban discourse happening globally is a quality that will serve us well moving forward as we continue to stress the importance of architectural and design writing in our city,” said RDA Executive Director Maria Nicanor.
About RDA
Rice Design Alliance is the public programs and outreach arm of Rice Architecture. We curate public programs, architecture tours, design competitions and publications that communicate the importance of design in our everyday lives and its ability to make our lives better. We are based at and work from the Rice Architecture school as an advocacy group that believes that multidisciplinary and research-based design can improve our cities and the way we live in them. 
RDA was established within Rice Architecture in 1972 by the school's first dean, David Crane, together with alumni and other civic-minded community members who believed that quality design thinking should be available to all in our community and that Houston’s citizens – experts and non-experts alike – should feel empowered to act and transform our city through design.