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RDA News & Notes

Category: Architecture Tours

Additionally: Spring 2014 Architecture Tour

The 38th Annual Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, 2014. Titled “Additionally,” this spring’s tour will take RDA members and their guests to eight Houston residences, dating from 1885 to 1964, that have been given substantial additions in recent years by local architecture firms. RDA has organized tours every year since 1975 to help Houstonians experience firsthand the most interesting works of architecture and landscape and interior design in the city. This March, tourgoers will see how local firms have increased the size, functional space, and use of the older residences, introduced technologically advanced building materials, and brought together contrasting architectural styles and periods.

Click here to view a custom map with photos of the houses and information about where you will be able to buy tickets and sign up for memberships.

And click here to buy your tickets!

The residences and firms responsible for the original house as well as the addition are below; all photos by Paul Hester.

707 Sabine
1885; 2000, Gary Eades; 2009, Janusz Design

216 Avondale
1918, Russell Brown Company; 2012, m+a architecture

3503 Audubon Place
1920; 2011, Interloop – Architecture

823 Peddie
1925, Sears Kit; 2007, Brett Zamore Design

1701 Colquitt
1925; 2011, Ben Koush & Associates

1810 Bissonnet
1927; 2002, Wittenberg Studio

5503 Sturbridge
1960, Marshall S. MacDougal; 2008, Dillon Kyle Architecture

5219 South Braeswood
1964, Arthur Steinberg; 2014, Stern + Bucek

The tour is open only to RDA members and their guests. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour at designated ticket-buying locations or in advance online and in person at the RDA office on the Rice University campus. Memberships purchased at the Student or Individual level include one complimentary ticket; memberships at the Household level and above include two. Ticket prices for current members and their guests are $25, and $15 for Student and Senior members.

The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of educational programs. For this tour, attendees will earn two Learning Units. Learning Units will be reported to CES Records on the member’s behalf. Registration at one house on the tour is required. Non-AIA members can pick up a Certificate of Completion to fulfill state MCE requirements.

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Architecture Tour Features Rice-Designed Homes

6136 Kirby Drive Location designed by Wittenberg Partnership

Our 2013 Architecture Tour will occur Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2013. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of RDA and the Centennial celebrations of Rice University and the Rice School of Architecture, the tour, titled Centennial Tour, will showcase ten significant Houston residences designed by Rice School of Architecture faculty throughout the school’s 100 year history.

Designed by educator-practitioner architects including William Ward Watkin, Anderson Todd, and Nonya Grenader, the homes on the tour are a testament to the enduring impact that the school has made on the residential community in Houston. Spanning ten decades, the tour-goer will have a unique opportunity to reflect on the changes and evolutions—from the traditional to the avant garde—that architecture has undergone over the past century, as interpreted by local talent.

RDA members and their guests are invited to attend the tour. You can purchase tickets here!

EVENT INFORMATION

* A location where you can purchase tickets on the tour.

What: 2013 RDA Architecture Tour: Centennial Tour

The tour is open only to RDA members and their guests. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour at ticket-buying locations or in advance at the RDA office or online, and include one complimentary tour ticket at the Student or Individual level or two complimentary tickets at the Household level and above. Ticket prices for members and their guests are $25. Students and Senior Citizens may get in for $15. PLEASE BRING A COPY OF YOUR EMAIL RECEIPT WITH YOU TO PICK UP TICKETS PURCHASED ONLINE AT WILL-CALL LOCATED AT 2409 AVALON PLACE.

Locations:

* 1318 North Boulevard
1926, William Ward Watkin

* 1 Spring Hollow
1958, James C. Morehead, Jr.

9 Shadowlawn Circle
1961, Anderson Todd

2246 Quenby Road
1972, 1982, William T. Cannady

2126 Pine Valley Drive
1936, Claude E. Hooton

* 9 Pine Hill Lane
1989, Carlos Jiménez Studio

* 6136 Kirby Drive
1996, Wittenberg Partnership

2231 Wroxton Road
2008, Nonya Grenader

* 2424 White Oak Drive
2012, Taft Architects

* 2409 Avalon Place
2009, Interloop—Architecture


The Rice Design Alliance has held architecture tours every year since 1975 to acquaint Houstonians with the best examples of architecture, interior design, and landscape design in the city.

The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of educational programs. For this tour, attendees will earn two Learning Units. Learning Units will be reported to CES Records on the member’s behalf. Registration at one house on the tour is required. Non-AIA members may pick up a Certificate of Completion to fulfill state MCE requirements.

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Living With Art: 2012 Spring Home Tour

***To purchase tickets online, please click here. Tickets may be purchased during the tour at the following homes: 3763 Jardin Street, 2002 Mason St., 1540 Kirby Drive., 528 Buckingham Drive, and 1528 W. 24th Street.***

Click here for a Google map of all the house locations.

We are pleased to announce dates for our 36th annual architecture tour, which will occur Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, 2012. The tour, Living with Art, will showcase significant houses in Houston that exhibit impressive art collections.

Living with art changes the architectural dynamics of a house. The houses on the tour demonstrate how art can reshape architecture, most intriguingly in houses that were not originally designed with art exhibition in mind. “Houstonians are fortunate to live in a city abundant with uniquely diverse art institutions and museums. Although the majority of our city may not be aware, we are also fortunate to be surrounded by equally significant private collections scattered throughout our neighborhoods—collections that foster a belief in art and deep personal reflection,” says Julie Kinzelman, home tour committee member and owner of Kinzelman Art Consulting.

The tour will feature eight distinctive homes where tour-goers can peruse the art collections, as well as the structures housing the collections. RDA members and their guests are invited to attend the tour.

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What: Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour – Living with Art
Dates: March 24-25, 2012, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day

Locations:

1527 Kirby Drive
1937 William G. Farrington Company
2010, 2000, 1998, Natalye Appel + Associates
2003, Stephanie Eugster

1540 Kirby Drive
1937, Joseph W. Northrup, Jr.

3763 Jardin Street
2010, Michael Landrum

1529 Maryland Street
2006, Parra Design Group

528 Buckingham Drive
2000, Kevin Young Designers

2526 Bellmeade Drive
2006, Glassman Shoemake Maldonado

2002 Mason Street
2003, Wittenberg Oberholzer

1528 W. 24th Avenue
2010, John Blackmon and Ian Glennie

Click here for a tour map.

Tickets: The tour is open only to RDA members and their guests. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour or in advance at the RDA office, and include one complimentary tour ticket at the Student or Individual level or two complimentary tickets at the Household level and above. We invite you to join now. Ticket prices for members and their guests are $25. Students and Senior Citizens may get in for $15. To purchase tickets online, please click here. PLEASE BRING A COPY OF YOUR EMAIL RECEIPT WITH YOU TO PICK UP YOUR TICKETS AT HOUSE #2, 2002 MASON STREET.

The Rice Design Alliance has held architecture tours every year since 1975 to acquaint Houstonians with the best examples of architecture, interior design, and landscape design in the city.

The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of educational programs. For this tour, attendees will earn two Learning Units. Learning Units will be reported to CES Records on the member’s behalf. Registration at one house on the tour is required. Non-AIA members may pick up a Certificate of Completion to fulfill state MCE requirements.

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On The Outside Looking In: Houses of Import Recap

On Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, nearly a 1,000 people came out to tour the houses selected for RDA’s annual home tour. The tour, Houses of Import, featured homes built by architects not from the Houston area. Showcasing their unique perspectives on Houston’s climate, history, transportation, landscape, and lack of zoning, the houses offered a fresh and inspiring take on living in the region. While each home was vastly different from one another, many of the architects found innovative ways to maximize light and incorporate the lush vegetation that Houston offers in abundance.

As Houston Press writer Nathan Paulhaus remarked, “In light of the economic crisis, Houston is one of the few places in the last decade to continue growth and expand in population. Increased metropolitan growth means more demand for housing. With outside firms who want to bring their business to where it’s best, we can expect a lot more out-of-town influence on Houston architecture.”

RDA would like to thank all of the volunteers who dedicated their time, energy, and enthusiasm to make this year’s tour such a success.

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Photo by Hester and Hardaway

2011 RDA Home Tour: Houses of Import

Houston, Texas (10 January 2011) – The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) announces dates for its 35th annual architecture, which will occur Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, 2011. The tour, Houses of Import, will feature homes designed by architects from outside the Houston region.

The tour will showcase visiting architects’ fresh insight and inspiration to Houston’s architectural vitality. Houses of Import reveals how unique characteristics of Houston – climate, history, transportation, landscape, lack of zoning – are interpreted from an “outsiders” perspective. Ultimately, the tour seeks to understand how an emerging global design practice is beginning to have a substantive impact on our local residential design market.

RDA members and their guests are invited to attend the tour.

EVENT INFORMATION

What:

Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour: Houses of Import

Dates:

April 2-3, 2011

Locations:

1916 Banks Street (Handmade House)
2010 Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, Seattle, WA

6001 Charlotte Street
2005 Price Harrison & Associates, Nashville, TN

3122 Sunset Boulevard (Casita)
2010 W. Jude LeBlanc, Atlanta, GA

3506 Sunset Boulevard
2005 David Heymann, Architect, Austin, TX

606 West Friar Tuck Lane
2003 Lake | Flato Architects, San Antonio, TX

2225 Devonshire Lane
1982 Frank Welch & Associates, Dallas, TX

Tickets: The tour is open only to RDA members and their guests. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour or in advance at the RDA office, and include one complimentary tour ticket at the Student or Individual level or two complimentary tickets at the Household level and above. Ticket prices for members and their guests are $25. To purchase tickets in advance, please call RDA’s office at 713-348-4876. To purchase tickets online, please click here.

The Rice Design Alliance has held architecture tours every year since 1975 to acquaint Houstonians with the best examples of architecture, interior design, and landscape design in the city.

The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of educational programs. For this tour, attendees will earn two Learning Units. Learning Units will be reported to CES Records on the members’ behalf. Registration at one house on the tour is required. Non-AIA members may pick up a Certificate of Completion to fulfill state MCE requirements.

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Houses of Import: 2011 Home Tour

Dates have been announced for our 35th annual architecture, which will occur Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, 2011. The tour, Houses of Import, will feature homes designed by architects from outside the Houston region.

The tour will showcase visiting architects’ fresh insight and inspiration to Houston’s architectural vitality. Houses of Import reveals how unique characteristics of Houston – climate, history, transportation, landscape, lack of zoning – are interpreted from an “outsiders” perspective. Ultimately, the tour seeks to understand how an emerging global design practice is beginning to have a substantive impact on our local residential design market.

RDA members and their guests are invited to attend the tour.

What:
Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour: Houses of Import

Dates and Times:
April 2-3, 2011, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

[All photos by Hester and Hardaway]

House 1
3506 Sunset Boulevard
2005 David Heymann, Architect, Austin, TX

House 2
3122 Sunset Boulevard (Casita)
2010 W. Jude LeBlanc, Atlanta, GA

House 3
6001 Charlotte Street
2005 Price Harrison & Associates, Nashville, TN

House 4
1916 Banks Street (Handmade House)
2010 Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, Seattle, WA

House 5
2225 Devonshire Lane
1982 Frank Welch & Associates, Dallas, TX

House 6
606 West Friar Tuck Lane
2003 Lake | Flato Architects, San Antonio, TX

Tickets: The tour is open only to RDA members and their guests. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour or in advance at the RDA office, and include one complimentary tour ticket at the Student or Individual level or two complimentary tickets at the Household level and above. Ticket prices for members and their guests are $25. To purchase tickets in advance, please call RDA’s office at 713-348-4876. To purchase tickets online, please click here.

The Rice Design Alliance has held architecture tours every year since 1975 to acquaint Houstonians with the best examples of architecture, interior design, and landscape design in the city.

The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of educational programs. For this tour, attendees will earn two Learning Units. Learning Units will be reported to CES Records on the members’ behalf. Registration at one house on the tour is required. Non-AIA members may pick up a Certificate of Completion to fulfill state MCE requirements.

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RDA Announces 2011 Hometown Tours

AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas, Texas

The Rice Design Alliance is pleased to announce its 2011 Hometown tour destinations:

Dallas Architecture and Art Fair – April 7-10, 2011
$1275 pp dbl; $330 single supplement; $975 tour only (no hotel)

Please join us for a beautiful spring weekend of architecture and art as RDA teams up with the Dallas Art Fair. The Mansion on Turtle Creek will be our home base as we tour Dallas’s amazing arts district that includes buildings by starchitects Foster + Partners, REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas; I. M. Pei & Partners, and Renzo Piano; art collectors’ home tours and receptions; homes by O’Neil Ford, Edward Durell Stone, and Dan Shipley, among others; and a visit to the new Cowboys Football Stadium, which contains an amazing collection of public art. Architectural historian Stephen Fox along with local architects and museum curators will be your tour guides. A visit to the Dallas Art Fair will be included where over 60 prominent national and international art dealers and galleries will be exhibiting paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs by modern and contemporary artists.

Registration is open for Dallas and a completed reservation card, a signed responsibility statement, and a deposit are required to confirm your reservation.

Finlandia Hall, 1971, Alvar Aalto, architect.

Helsinki, Finland – World Design Capital for 2012 – June 7-14, 2011
$3,550 pp dbl; $700 single supplement.

Helsinki was founded in 1550, and the “Daughter of the Baltic” has been the Finnish capital since 1812 when the tsars of Russia rebuilt it along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg. Today, Helsinki pulls off the trick of being something of an international metropolis while still retaining a small-town feel.

The city’s architecture is typified by Nordic minimalism and refinement through the works of Alvar Aalto. Modernism, functionalism, and the largest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in Northern Europe make Helsinki a major city of architecture. The city centre, especially around Senate Square, forms a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture. Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe, represents Helsinki’s Byzantine-Russian architectural heritage. The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma by American architect Steven Holl and the Sanomatalo building in the city center and the High Tech Center in the Ruoholahti district represent the latest architectural trends. We will also visit works by Finnish contemporary luminaries such as Kristian Gullichsen, Juha Leiviska, and Heikkinen and Komonen, as well as key works by renowned masters Eliel Saairnen, Lars Sonck, Erik Bryggman and Raili and Reima Pietila. We will also travel to Turku, the European Cultural Capital for 2011 (http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/travel/10Turku.html?hpw); the medieval town of Rauma, a Unesco world-heritage site; Pori; and Tampere. A visit to Villa Mairea, Aalto’s masterpiece, is another one of the trip’s many highlights. Rice professor of architecture Carlos Jimenez and architectural historian Stephen Fox will lead the tour.

Registration is open for Helsinki and a completed reservation card, a signed responsibility statement, and a deposit are required to confirm your reservation.

Space on both trips is limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have questions about either trip, please email RDA Tour Director Lynn Kelly at lynn_kelly_tx@yahoo.com for more information.

RDA introduced its Hometown Tour program with a visit to Savannah in 2000. Subsequent tours have taken RDA members coast-to-coast and around the world. Domestic destinations have included Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, the Texas-Tamaulipas Border, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Phoenix, Charleston, San Francisco, Marfa, and New York City; international destinations have included Mexico City, Paris, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Madrid, and Barcelona.

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2010 Architecture Tour: Rice University’s Neighbors to the South

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On Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., RDA members and their guests will have the opportunity to visit eight houses in Houston’s Southgate neighborhood on RDA’s 34th annual architecture tour, Southgate: An Urban Oasis.

Southgate is located inside Loop 610 and is bounded by University Boulevard to the north, Travis to the east, W. Holcombe to the south, and Greenbriar to the west. The neighborhood is adjacent to Rice University and the Texas Medical Center, two Houston institutions that are expanding substantially. Southgate is undergoing considerable change, yet it has retained its close-knit community feeling. Architects and designers working in the neighborhood have been successful integrating their designs into the older fabric and staying within the neighborhood’s strict deed restrictions. The community is thriving, leveraging the same attributes the subdivision had when first developed: location close to big employment centers, excellent schools, transportation via bus and now light rail, and nearby shopping.

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Small Houses on Hometta

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The Small House Tour may have been held in spring 2009, but our friends at Hometta have been working on something special. They just published a short three minute video about the Tour and the Civic Forum. Take a look (and watch it full screen for optimal viewing):

Small Houses from Hometta, Inc. on Vimeo.

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AIA: Buffalo Bayou Walking Tour

Architecture Center Houston (ArCH) with the cooperation of Buffalo Bayou Partnership invite you to a stroll along Buffalo Bayou Parkway for an overview of downtown Houston’s history and architecture from it’s beginnings in 1836 to the efforts to revitalize the central city today. ArCH docents will lead you on this 2 hour architectural tour.

Selected landmark structures along the tour route:
A Allen’s Landing Park and Main Street Viaduct B San Jacinto Jail C University of Houston Downtown: One Main Building D Historic warehouses on Commerce Avenue E Remnants of Houston Ice & Brewing Co. complex F Buffalo Bayou bridge complex G U.S. Post Office H Preston Avenue Bridge and Sesquicentennial Park Commons I Wortham Theater Center J Sesquicentennial Park promenade and entrance K Bayou Place L Downtown Aquarium M Sabine-to-Bagby Promenade N Hobby Center O City Hall P Bob Casey Federal Building

Recommended parking (parking validation not included) at the Hobby Center Parking Garage. Tour departs promptly at 10am, please arrive early to park and check in.

Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Architecture Center Houston
315 Capitol, Suite 120
Houston, Texas 77002
Tickets: $10 for ArCH members; $15 for non-member

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