Category Archives: 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.”

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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.

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RDA: Water Quality and Solutions to Water Shortages

Water Quality Issues and Solutions to Water Shortages

Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Panelists: Jun Chang, Civil and Environmental Engineer, Deputy Director of Public Works, City of Houston, Dr. John Jacob, TAMU/Texas Sea Grant, Director Texas Coastal Watershed Program, Dr. Hanadi S. Rifai, Professor and Director of Environmental Engineering Graduate Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston

Moderators: Mark Greenblatt, Investigative Reporter, KHOU, and Thomas Colbert

Water is our most precious resource and this month, RDA hosts a two-part civic forum on water supply issues in the State of Texas and the Houston region on August 24 and August 31, 2011. Texas is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in its recorded history. Compounding this problem is the fact that many of the state’s aquifers have been in decline for many years. Water quality is emerging as a serious issue facing the Houston region. Will the state’s water supplies be adequate to support Houston’s growing population and continuing industrialization?

RDA: Urban Growth and Competition for Water in the Houston Region

Held, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, the forum featured the following panelists: Jason Afinowicz, Water Resources, Freese, and Nichols, Inc.; Dr. James Lester, Vice President, Houston Advanced Research Center; Edward G. Vaughan, Chair, Texas Water Development Board. The moderators were: Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle Science Writer; and Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, University of Houston, College of Architecture

Water is our most precious resource and this month, RDA hosts a two-part civic forum on water supply issues in the State of Texas and the Houston region on August 24 and August 31, 2011. Texas is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in its recorded history. Compounding this problem is the fact that many of the state’s aquifers have been in decline for many years. Water quality is emerging as a serious issue facing the Houston region. Will the state’s water supplies be adequate to support Houston’s growing population and continuing industrialization?

2011 Sally Walsh Lecture: Petra Blaisse

2011 Sally Walsh Lecture presented by Rice Design Alliance, The Rice School of Architecture, The Architecture Center Houston Foundation, and the American Institute of Architects — Houston on April 13, 2011 at the Brown Auditorium in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Petra Blaisse started her career at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in the Department of Applied Arts. From 1987, she worked as a freelance designer and won distinction for her installations of architectural work. Gradually her focus shifted to the use of textiles, light, and finishes in interior space and, at the same time, to the design of gardens and landscapes. In 1991, she founded Inside Outside. The studio works in a multitude of creative areas, including textile, landscape, and exhibition design.

Since 1999 Blaisse invited specialists of various disciplines to work with her, and currently the team consists of about ten people of different nationalities.