Who We Are
The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) includes members from diverse backgrounds, including architects and designers, city planners and developers, real estate agents, community activists, artists, and civic-minded individuals. The common thread is a commitment to enhancing the quality of life within our community through learning, discussion, and innovation. Though Rice University is the physical home of the organization, the alliance includes scholars from the University of Houston and other institutions. Support for RDA comes from individuals, corporate sponsorship, and foundations, including the Houston Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Rice Design Alliance, formed within the Rice School of Architecture in 1972, is dedicated to advancing architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region through educational programs, the publication of Cite, and programs to initiate physical improvements. We seek to enhance the quality of life within our community.
Our Core Values
We provide programs, publications, and online media to stimulate discussion about the built environment and its effect on the quality of life in the city. By providing educational opportunities, RDA effects learning, discovery, and innovation.
We value and invite the expression of differing opinions, treating each other with courtesy and respect at all times. We appreciate and acknowledge the time, talent, and contributions of our members, volunteers, and staff.
We embrace diverse people, professions, and points of view.
We require integrity and honesty in all that we do. We strive to be trustworthy and hold ourselves accountable to our members and to one another.
We seek excellence in programs, governance, communications, and events.
We will not forget to have fun in everything we do.