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RDA News & Notes

Category: Lectures

On Immediacy: Carlos Bedoya Ikeda

What: Carlos Bedoya Ikeda of Mexico City-based firm PRODUCTORA lectures for On Immediacy, the RSA/RDA Spring 2014 Lecture Series
When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 7 p.m.; pre-lecture reception begins in the Audrey Jones Beck Building at 6 p.m.
Where: Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet

The series, which will bring three other firms to Houston, is curated by Rice School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jesús Vassallo: “I think that these firms’ practices are captivating because they are experimental without renouncing building things in the real world, producing work that is intellectually stimulating as well as sensually powerful.”

Click here to purchase series tickets!

Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Seniors 65 years and older
$10 – Students with ID
$35 – Others

Single Tickets (upon availability, sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture)
$7 – RDA, MFAH members
Seniors 65 years and older
Students with ID
$15 – Others

RDA will make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. A minimum of two weeks is appreciated. Call Mary Beth Woiccak, RDA Assistant Director, Programs, at (713) 348-5583.

Follow @RDAHouston on Twitter for updates!

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On Immediacy: Philipp Schaerer

What: Zurich-based architect Philipp Schaerer lectures for On Immediacy, the RSA/RDA Spring 2014 Lecture Series
When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 7 p.m.; pre-lecture reception begins in the Audrey Jones Beck Building at 6 p.m.
Where: Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet

The series, which will bring three other firms to Houston, is curated by Rice School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jesús Vassallo: “I think that these firms’ practices are captivating because they are experimental without renouncing building things in the real world, producing work that is intellectually stimulating as well as sensually powerful.”

Click here to purchase series tickets!

Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Seniors 65 years and older
$10 – Students with ID
$35 – Others

Single Tickets (upon availability, sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture)
$7 – RDA, MFAH members
Seniors 65 years and older
Students with ID
$15 – Others

RDA will make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. A minimum of two weeks is appreciated. Call Mary Beth Woiccak, RDA Assistant Director, Programs, at (713) 348-5583.

Follow @RDAHouston on Twitter for updates!

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On Immediacy: José Selgas

What: José Selgas of Madrid-based firm Selgascano lectures for On Immediacy, the RSA/RDA Spring 2014 Lecture Series
When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 7 p.m.; pre-lecture reception begins in the Audrey Jones Beck Building at 6 p.m.
Where: Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet

The series, which will bring three other firms to Houston, is curated by Rice School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jesús Vassallo: “I think that these firms’ practices are captivating because they are experimental without renouncing building things in the real world, producing work that is intellectually stimulating as well as sensually powerful.”

Click here to purchase series tickets!

Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Seniors 65 years and older
$10 – Students with ID
$35 – Others

Single Tickets (upon availability, sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture)
$7 – RDA, MFAH members
Seniors 65 years and older
Students with ID
$15 – Others

RDA will make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. A minimum of two weeks is appreciated. Call Mary Beth Woiccak, RDA Assistant Director, Programs, at (713) 348-5583.

Follow @RDAHouston on Twitter for updates!

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On Immediacy: Jan De Vylder

What: Jan De Vylder of Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu lectures for On Immediacy, the Rice School of Architecture/Rice Design Alliance Spring 2014 Lecture Series
When: January 22, 2014, at 7 p.m.; pre-lecture reception begins in the Audrey Jones Beck Building at 6 p.m.
Where: Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet

The series, which will bring three other firms to Houston, is curated by Rice School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jesús Vassallo: “I think that these firms’ practices are captivating because they are experimental without renouncing building things in the real world, producing work that is intellectually stimulating as well as sensually powerful.”

Click here to purchase series tickets!

Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Seniors 65 years and older
$10 – Students with ID
$35 – Others

Single Tickets (upon availability, sold 30 minutes before the lecture)
$7 – RDA, MFAH members
Seniors 65 years and older
Students with ID
$15 – Others

RDA will make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. A minimum of two weeks is appreciated. Call Mary Beth Woiccak, RDA Assistant Director, Programs, at (713) 348-5583.

Follow @RDAHouston on Twitter for updates!

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RSA/RDA Spring Lecture Series: On Immediacy

Clockwise: Work from Productora, Selgascano, Philipp Schaerer, and de Vylder Vinck Taillieu.

The Rice School of Architecture and the Rice Design Alliance will bring to Houston for the Spring 2014 Lecture Series four architectural firms whose genre-busting, convention-spurning designs invite the viewer to engage with an increased sense of immediacy. These international firms — from Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, and Mexico — play with form, color, material, and process, producing work that defies easy description and collapses distinctions between art and architecture, representation and construction, and drawing and building.

The series is curated by Rice School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jesús Vassallo. “I think that these firms’ practices are captivating because they are experimental without renouncing building things in the real world, producing work that is intellectually stimulating as well as sensually powerful,” says Vassallo. “I also appreciate the ways in which they exploit the contradictions and gaps in contemporary architectural idiosyncrasy in a productive way in their projects.”

The public and RDA members are invited to attend presentations by the following firms during the series:

Wednesday, January 22
Jan de Vylder
Co-Founder, Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Gent, Belgium
Reception Sponsor: Walter P Moore

Wednesday, January 29
Lucia Cano & José Selgas
Founders, Selgascano, Madrid, Spain
Reception Sponsor: Clark Condon Associates

Wednesday, February 5
Philipp Schaerer
Architect, Zurich, Switzerland
Reception Sponsor: Kendall/Heaton Associates

Wednesday, February 19
Carlos Bedoya Ikeda
Principal, PRODUCTORA; Mexico City, Mexico
Reception Sponsor: Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.

All lectures will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A pre-lecture reception will begin at 6 p.m. The MFA,H, is located at 1001 Bissonnet. No guaranteed seating for ticket holders after 6:50 p.m. Additional parking at the museum is available until 7:00 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.

Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Senior citizens 65 years and older
$10 – Students with identification
$35 – Others

Single Tickets (upon availability, sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture)
$7 – RDA, MFAH members
Senior citizens 65 years and older
Students with identification
$15 – Others

Click here to purchase series tickets!

RDA will make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. A minimum of two weeks is appreciated. Call Mary Beth Woiccak, RDA Assistant Director, Programs, at (713) 348-5583.

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RSA/RDA Fall Lecture Series RE:Architecture [NSFW]

The Rice School of Architecture and the Rice Design Alliance’s Fall Lecture Series, Re: Architecture [NSFW], presents a new generation of architects operating across scales, methods, techniques, and sites of work. Rice School of Architecture Assistant Professor Troy Schaum, who curated the series, says he is “interested in introducing Houston to young firms that are building in unique ways, not easily categorized, and are refusing to play it safe.” Framed by the popular online tag NSFW [Not Safe For Work], Re: Architecture [NSFW] investigates how architects’ assumptions regarding safe boundaries for contemporary disciplinary investigation simultaneously limit and propel their creative practices.

Who:
Wednesday, September 25
Meejin Yoon
Founder, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Boston
Reception Sponsor: Clark Condon Associates

Photo credit: Yihuai Hu

Wednesday, October 2
Minsuk Cho
Founder, Mass Studies, Korea
Reception Sponsor: HOK

Photo credit: Tong Kwan Kim

Wednesday, October 9
Florian Idenburg
Founder, SO-IL, Brooklyn
Reception Sponsor: Gilbane

Wednesday, October 16
Jun Igarashi
Principal, Jun Igarashi Architects, Japan
Reception Sponsors: Asakura Robinson Company and Perkins+Will

Where: Brown Auditorium, Caroline Weiss Law Building, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
When: Lectures starts at 7 p.m. with a pre-lecture reception at 6 p.m.

TICKET INFORMATION
Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Senior citizens 65 and older
$10 – Students with identification
$35 – Others
Single Tickets (upon availability):
$7 – RDA, MFAH members; Senior citizens 65 and older; Students with identification
$15 – Others

To purchase tickets, please click HERE.

This lecture series is supported by: ARC Document Solutions; Austin Commercial; Brochsteins; CEMEX; Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing; Fast Track Specialties, Inc; Gensler; HBL Architects; D. E. Harvey Builders; Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.; Jackson & Ryan Architects; Kendall/Heaton Associates; McKinnon Associates; Miller Dahlstrand Architects; Morris Architects; PM Realty Group; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; Shah Smith & Associates,The Southampton Group; Walter P Moore; Ziegler Cooper Architects; the Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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Jeanne Gang Packs the House

The Brown Auditorium of the MFA,H was packed for the 2013 Sally Walsh lecture by Jeanne Gang. In collaboration with the Rice School of Architecture, the AIA Houston Chapter, and the Architecture Center Houston Foundation, Rice Design Alliance welcomed her on Tuesday, March 26. The event was followed by a private reception at the home of Karen Lantz and Andy Farkas.

This annual lecture is dedicated to the memory of distinguished Houston interior designer Sally Walsh, who is widely credited with bringing modern design to Houston. The lecture honors Walsh’s groundbreaking foray into modern design by bringing cutting edge designers to Houston. Jeanne Gang’s talk was entitled “Moving House” and covered the wide range of her firm’s design work.

Jeanne Gang at the Brown Auditorium.

Mary Beth Woiccak and Lonnie Hoogeboom.

A 2011 MacArthur Fellow, Gang is the founder and principal of Studio Gang architects, a Chicago-based firm made up of architects and designers who tackle pressing contemporary issues. Examples of the studio’s work include the construction of the Aqua Tower, an 82-story mixed-use high rise named the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper of the Year and SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center, a 16,800 square-foot foster care community on Chicago’s historically disenfranchised South Side.

Jeanne Gang and Sarah Whiting.

Raymond Brochstein and Jeanne Gang.

Donna Kacmar and Nonya Grenader.

Jeanne Gang, Stephen Fox, and Karen Lantz.

Troy Schaum.

Tina Waldon, Linda Sylvan, and Charles Browne.

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2013 Sally Walsh Lecture: Jeanne Gang


Who: Jeanne Gang, Principal and Founder, Studio Gang Architects, Chicago
What: 2013 Sally Walsh Lecture titled “Moving House”
When: Tuesday, March 26; 6 p.m. Reception in the Beck Building, 7 p.m. lecture at the Caroline Weiss Law Building, MFAH.
Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is located at 1001 Bissonnet (enter via the Main Street door). Additional parking at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is available until 7:00 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.

In collaboration with the Rice School of Architecture, the AIA Houston Chapter, and the Architecture Center Houston Foundation, we welcome Jeanne Gang to present the annual Sally Walsh lecture on Tuesday, March 26, at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This annual lecture is dedicated to the memory of distinguished Houston interior designer Sally Walsh, who is widely credited with bringing modern design to Houston. The lecture honors Walsh’s groundbreaking foray into modern design by bringing cutting edge designers to Houston. This year’s lecturer is architect Jeanne Gang who will give a talk entitled “Moving House.”

A 2011 MacArthur Fellow, Gang is the founder and principal of Studio Gang architects, a Chicago-based firm made up of architects and designers who tackle pressing contemporary issues. Examples of the studio’s work include the construction of the Aqua Tower, an 82-story mixed-use high rise named the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper of the Year and SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center, a 16,800 square-foot foster care community on Chicago’s historically disenfranchised South Side.

Driven by visionary thinking, insatiable curiosity, and radical creativity, Gang has produced some of today’s most innovative and award-winning transformative architecture. Gang is motivated by the idea that local architecture can make a global impact. Her designs are rooted in both architectural form and idea-driven content, and she frequently utilizes multiple disciplines to reach a design solution.

A distinguished graduate of Harvard, Gang’s work has been applauded and exhibited widely, including the International Venice Biennale, MoMA, The National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Spotlight Prize: Pezo von Ellrichshausen

RDA’s fourth annual Spotlight Award is being given to the Chilean firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen. The international award, which recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their professional careers, carries a cash prize and invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Led by Sofia von Ellrichshausen and Mauricio Pezo, Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio that focuses largely on the power of geometric form, volumetric experiments, and conceptual simplicity.

Spotlight Committee Member and Harry K. & Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture at Rice University John Casbarian said, “I was struck by the power of their bold abstract compositional forms which exist simultaneously in harmony and in contrast with the context. This tension, coupled with the inventive use of stark materials underscores the visual impact of their unique and simply stunning architecture.”

Founded in Concepción in 2002, the firm has been awarded at the IberoAmerican Biennial, the Chilean Architecture Biennial, and at The AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, among others. They teach regularly in Chile and have been visiting professors at universities in New York and Texas.

The public is invited to hear Pezo von Ellrichshausen lecture on Monday, November 12, 2012 at The MFA,H.

DATE: Monday, November 12, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m. Reception is sponsored D.E. Harvey Builders. Please note that the reception will take place in the Beck Building across the street).
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet.
Additional parking is available until 7 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are not for sale yet but they will be $25 at the door, also those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distribute on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

This event is made possible by support from: A & E – The Graphics Complex, Abel Design Group, Behringer Harvard, D. E. Harvey Builders, Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc., Mary Haus and Willard Holmes, Lonnie Hoogeboom and Betsy Strauch, Paradigm Consultants, Inc., Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc., TDIndustries, Inc., Transwestern, Turner Construction Company, Walter P Moore, the Corporate Members if the Rice Design Alliance, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas of Commission on the Arts.

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RSA/RDA Spring Lecture Series: New Commons

What: RDA & RSA Spring Lecture Series
New Commons: Between Aesthetics and Engagement

The lecture series, curated by Rice Assistant Professor of Architecture, Neyran Turan, brings together architects and scholars who redefine the capacity of architectural aesthetics in engaging with the world.

Recent examples of architectural engagement frequently reduce the architect’s role to that of a problem solver. Offering an alternative to this role, this series will investigate new practices within architecture that showcase the architect as not merely a respondent, but as an active agent capable of building new ideas and languages as they relate to the city, the environment, and geography. By focusing on the work of these architects and thinkers, the series will establish a new commons – that is, a ground for forging new and more productive relationships between aesthetics and engagement.

The public and RDA Members are invited to hear the following speakers during the series:

Who:
Wednesday, January 16
Pedro Gadanho
Curator of Contemporary Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Wednesday, January 23
Luis Callejas
Principal, LCLAOFFICE, Medellín, Colombia, and Cambridge, USA

Wednesday, February 6
David Gissen
Associate Professor, The California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Reception will be in the Beck Building

Tuesday, February 19
Xaveer de Geyter
Principal, XDGA Architects, Brussels, Belgium
Reception will be in the Beck Building

To purchase tickets, please click here.

Ticket information is as follows:

$20 – RDA or MFAH member
$15 – Senior Citizen 65 and older
$10 – Student (Student ID Required)
$35 – Non-RDA member

Single Tickets (upon availability, will be sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture):
$7 – RDA, MFAH members; Senior citizens 65 and older; Students with identification
$10 – Others

Where: Brown Auditorium, Caroline Weiss Law Building, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

When: Lectures starts at 7 p.m. with a pre-lecture reception at 6 p.m.

Special thanks to our reception sponsors The Office of James Burnett; CenterPoint Energy, Inc.; Cokinos, Bosien & Young; D. E. Harvey Builders; Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.; PGAL; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; Telios; Tellepsen Corporation; Trammell Crow Company; Walter P Moore; the Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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