News from RSA Alumni and Friends
Michael Buckley Interviewed
Michael Buckley (BArch '63) is interviewed about developing downtown Fort Worth, Texas: read it here.
Glassman Shoemake Maldonado is Firm of the Year
AIAH has named Ernesto Maldonado's (MArch '83) firm Glassman Shoemake Maldonado as it's Firm of the Year!
Office 52 is Profiled for The Oregonian
Michelle LaFoe and Isaac Campbell (both BArch '89) were profiled in The Oregonian for their architecture firm Office 52.
Neil Prince Retrospective
The New York School of Interior Design will be honoring American architect and interior designer, Neal Prince (BArch '43), in a retrospective exhibition of his work! Get more information here.
Gerald Moorhead featured in Houston Chronicle
Gerald Moorhead's (BArch '69) book "Buildings of Texas" has been featured in the Houston Chronicle! Read the article online here, or via PDF here.
Melissa McDonnell in Marie Claire
Melissa McDonnell (MArch '10) talks about working at Ballroom Marfa and Texas Tech School of Architecture in a Marie Claire spread titled, "What It Costs to Be Me."
Eric Kuhne in Rice Magazine
Architect Eric Kuhne (BArch '73) tells "the story of Belfast's maritime majesty with the new Titanic museum." Read the article in Rice Magazine issue number 15, or online here (starts on page 16).
Honoring Raymond Brochstein
AIA Houston will honor Raymond Brochstein (BArch ’55) at their Holiday Party on Monday, December 10th at the Museum of Fine Arts. AIAH will fund, with your donations, the purchase of an architect-designed object in Raymond's honor for the MFAH design collection. Show your appreciation for Raymond, who has been a truly generous friend to RSA by donating prior to December 10th using the donation form found here.
InHouse OutHouse Installed
Peter Muessig, Andrew Daly, and Jason Fleming's (all MArch ‘12) InHouse OutHouse was successfully installed on October 3rd! Get more info, and a wonderful video of the installation here.
Architectural Record September Issue
The current September issue of Architectural Record contains
about the new curtain walls for the UN building
in New York. The architect of Record for
the curtain wall is Robert Heintges (BArch '70) in association with Robert
Evans (BArch ‘71).
Randhir Sahni delivers commencement address at Kansas State
In May, Randhir Sahni (MAUD '71), president of Llewelyn-Davies Sahni and leading Houston architect, addressed graduates of the Kansas State School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Returning to where he earned a Masters of Architecture Degree in 1966, he urged graduates to defy expectations and embrace a lifetime of learning. For more, click here.
Rogers Marvel Architects profiled in Metropolis Magazine and NYTimes
A recent post in the Metropolismag.comPoint of Viewblog features Rob Rogers’s (BArch ‘83) and Jonathan Marvel’s monograph, published in 2011 by Princeton Architectural Press. The blog post highlights several of the firm’s New York based projects, and praises their humanistic designs. Rogers Marvel was also featured in a New York Timesarticle celebrating the renovation of Brooklyn’s McCarren pool. For more, click here.
InHouse Outhouse profiled by remodeling site, awarded AIA grant
InHouse Outhouse, a project designed by Peter Muessig, Andrew Daly, and Jason Fleming (all MArch ‘12) was the focus of a daily5remodel.com article, Insert Remodeled Space Here. They were also the recent recipients of a 2012 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design Research Grant in the amount of $7,000. In August, the trio will install their first prototype into a shotgun-style home in Houston’s Third Ward. For more, click here.
Palmer Schooley’s DuZer house inspired by RBW’s ZeRow house
A recent Houston Chronicle article profiled Palmer Schooley’s (MArch ‘87) zero energy duplex named DuZer. Inspired by the hyper-efficient and economical design of Rice Building Workshop’s 2009 Solar Decathlon entry, ZeRow House, Schooley’s duplex will offer renters the rare opportunity to “live the zero-footprint life in Houston.” For more, click here.
Design Talks explore the role of architecture in Fort Worth community
Joe Self (MArch ’89) and his wife Tracy, principals of Firm 817, have been organizing Design Talks every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Center for Architecture in Fort Worth. July 10th’s topic, Beauty in Contemporary Texan Architecture, featured Douglas Klahr, Architectural Historian at UT Arlington.
Alum named Executive Director of Houston’s EaDo
Anton Sinkewich (MArch '06) was named Executive Director of Houston’s East Downtown Management District (EaDo). He will be leading all efforts of planning, design, project management, and events for this rapidly growing part of the inner city.
Alum honored for restoration of New Orleans French Quarter home
Charles Berg (BArch '74) received a Certificate of Merit from the Vieux Carre Commission, the Louisiana state-mandated agency in charge of protecting the French Quarter, for outstanding work in preservation and renovation of an 1820s Creole cottage in New Orleans that at one time had been the studio of John James Audubon. For more, click here.
Alum profiled online for international award entry
The student work of Zhibin (Aaron) Cheng (MArch ’10) has been featured as a favored contender for the James Dyson Design competition. His invention,The Pneumatic Shelter, “integrates parking and living by compressing them into one structure-solving space efficiency for the Metropolis.” Cheng is currently working at BAR Architects in San Francisco. For more about his competition entry, click here.
Alum selected for visiting artists program
Wes Heiss (MArch ‘00) was selected as one of five artists invited to lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as part of its Bemis Summer Hixson-Lied Visiting Artists Program. For more, click here
InHouse OutHouse project gains award, grant and building permit
Recent RSA graduates Andrew Daley, Jason Fleming and Peter Muessig (all MArch ’12) have been recognized across Houston for their project, InHouse OutHouse. The AIA Houston Chapter honored the trio with a design award in the “On the Boards” category, the RDA awarded them with a generous $5,000 grant, and the City of Houston granted them a building permit. For more about their achievements, visit their blog here.
Etien Santiago launches first issue of architectural journal, Apeira
This spring Etien Santiago (BArch ’08) released his first issue of Apeira, a new journal dedicated to the relationship between architectural theory and broader cultural questions. The journal, available in print and online, is the successor to Manifold Magazine, which he helped found during his time at the RSA.The first issue of Apeira includes essays on art, literature, and architecture, as well as images of a speculative architectural project.
Eric Kuhne a collaborator on TITANIC BELFAST, now open to the public
Eric Kuhne (BArch '73) is part of the design team now celebrating the opening of their project, TITANIC BELFAST, a major tourist attraction in Northern Ireland dedicated to the history of the world's most famous ship, the RMS Titanic. The project opens 100 years after the initial launch of the ship from Belfast in 1912, and honors the port's rich history by 'capturing the song of the shipyards' and highlighting its over 400 years of maritime excellence. For more, click here.
Paul Kweton’s animal-friendly chair featured on Gizmodo
Paul Kweton’s (MArch ’08) Rocking-2-gether Chairwas featured as a top story on technology blog, Gizmodo. The chair is made of computer-milled birch plywood and designed with a hollow inner-chamber below the seat to serve as a napping space for a dog or cat. For more, click here.
Metalab recognized with award, competition win
Metalab, Joe Meppelink (MArch ’00) and his partner Andrew Vrana, have been recognized along with other public art collaborators in AIA Houston's Artist of the Year Exhibition. A reception will be held Thursday, June 14th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the Architecture Center, Houston, and the show will run through July 13. Additionally Metalab and collaborators, Re:site, won a sculpture commission competition at Texas A&M University with their design, Memory Cloud, "4,000 networked LED nodes integrated within transparent tubes of various lengths suspended from a diagrid framework, creating a vibrant, illuminated pointillist sculpture." For more, click here.
Jack McGinty joins RSA students for RAMP happy hour talk
On April 23, RAMP organizers arranged for Jack McGinty (BArch ‘56) to meet with students and speak at the school. McGinty is a former participant in the prestigious White House Fellows program, a nonpartisan, year-long fellowship that assigns 12-19 exceptional people to work as senior aides to top government officials such as the president, the first lady, the vice president, a cabinet secretary, or a member of the White House staff. RAMP links alumni with the current student body. If you are interested in organizing a future mentoring event or becoming a mentor, please email RAMP student coordinator Louis Weiss.
Animal Architecture Awards Exhibition opens, creates buzz
AIA Houston and the Architecture Center of Houston recently opened its latest joint exhibition, the 2011 Animal Architecture Awards. Founder of Animal Architecture and RSA
Alum, Ned Dodington (MArch ’09), lectured on the show, followed by a panel discussion with other members of the jury, including RSA Professor Neeraj Bhatia. The New York Times recently profiled the event, as did Houston’s Culture Map.
Rogers Marvel Architects honored with AIA Award
Rogers Marvel Architects, co-founded by Rob Rogers (BArch ’83), is the recipient of an AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design for the project SandRidge Energy Commons in Oklahoma City.
ZGF Architects honored with AIA Award
Doss Mabe (BArch ‘67), parter in ZGF Architects’s Los Angeles office, shares in the firm’s excitement as it is also the recipient of an AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design for its project Portland Mall Revitalization.
Kevin Daly announced an AIA Fellow
Kevin Daly (MArch ’85), one of the founding principals of Daly Genik, and professor at UCLA A.UD, has been named a 2012 AIA Fellow in the design category. For more information please click here.
James M. Evans the recipient of an AIA Young Architects Award
RSA Alum James M. Evans (BArch ’97), was honored by the AIA with a 2012 Young Architects Award. The AIA noted Evans’s, “outstanding professional achievements with several Houston practices, and his own firm, Collaborative Designworks, and with the innovative Hometta online project, which he co-founded.” For more information please click here.
Curt Gambetta’s installation and fellowship research examines states of waste and potential
Office Light, a public installation by RSA Alum Curt Gambetta (MArch ’09, Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at the University of Buffalo for 2011-12) recently came to a close after a three-month residency at Houston’s Lawndale Art Center. The austere grid, reminiscent of the typical office ceiling, was installed outdoors with the help of current M. Arch. candidates Brian Lee and Matthew Austin. Gambetta’s Banham Fellowship research will be exhibited in another public installation planned for April 13 in Buffalo, NY, and will be discussed in a forthcoming lecture.
John Kisner and Nina Murrell join Lord, Aeck & Sargent’s Austin Office
RSA alums John Kisner, AIA, LEED AP (MArch ’96), and Nina Murrell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (BArch ’96) have relocated from architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent’s Atlanta office to its newly expanded Austin office. They bring with them combined experience in the firm’s many practice areas — science, housing, arts and culture, education, historic preservation, planning and interior design — as well as experience on college and university campuses and ties with the Texas area.
OFFICE 52 wins national design competition for Carnegie Mellon University’s new Nano Bio Energy Technologies Building
Portland based OFFICE 52, led by principals and RSA alums Isaac Campbell (BArch '91)and Michelle LaFoe (BArch '91), has been selected from among 17 teams overall, and from among 4 finalists, in a national competition to design Carnegie Mellon University’s new Nano Bio Energy Technologies Building. The firm’s winning design occupies a complex infill site at the heart of the CMU campus. The new 78,000 SF building will provide essential collaborative research facilities for Nano Science, Materials Characterization, Biomedical Engineering and Energy research. The project team includes Stantec, Arup, Jacobs and Davis Langdon.
Gifts from alumni and friends have lasting impact on RSA
We are excited to announce two gifts to the RSA that will have a significant impact on the school as a whole. Laura Roach is an interior designer with her own firm: LRI Interiors & Small Luxuries. Ms. Roach's father, Richard T. Roach (B.S. '51), was a Rice Mechanical Engineering graduate who worked for most of his professional career on ships. Ms. Roach directed a gift to the school which will be used for improvements to our own building interiors - namely, the improvement of lighting and window treatments, and the addition of card key swipes at all entrances to make our building more secure.
Mel Hildebrandt (B.S. Architecture '55), Vice Chairman of Linbeck Construction, along with Linbeck, has provided the school with five years of generous funding for our Totalization studios, enabling us to build on this year’s initial experiment so as to ensure the success of this collaborative studio effort. With this funding, we will be able to continue the New York trip over fall break as well as increase the time for consultant visits to Houston.
Our thanks to Laura Roach, Mel Hildebrandt, and all who have made such a tremendous difference through their generous support of the RSA.
Julio Salcedo / Scalar Architecture publishes monograph
Julio Salcedo (B.A. 1992), along with his office Scalar Architecture, has published the Monograph Generic Specific Continuum (Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2011).
House DE by David Clovers featured on ArchDaily
House DE, a project by the Hong Kong office DavidClovers (Founded by former RSA faculty Clover Lee and David Erdman), was featured last month on ArchDaily. The project team included RSA Alumni Rathi Subramanian (B. Arch. ’11) and Yvette Herrera (M. Arch. ’10). Please view the feature here.
RSA Alum Artist in Residence at University of Houston
Eric Leshinsky (M. Arch. ‘06) is a 2011 Artist in Residence at the University of Houston's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Through the residency, he is co-developing Shrimp Boat Projects, a multi-faceted artist initiative designed to better understand the cultural identity of Houston through a renewed interest in the city's connection to Galveston Bay and the natural landscape of the region. For more information, please visit www.shrimpboatprojects.org.
Ed Roberts Campus by Leddy Maytum Stacy featured in Metropolis Magazine
The March 15 issue of Metropolis features the Ed Roberts Campus, in Berkeley, CA as well as a profile of the office Leddy Maytum Stacy of which Richard Stacy (B. Arch. ’79) is a founding partner. Please read the feature here.
Thumb wins I.D. Magazine Award for Ring Roads poster
The graphic design office Thumb, founded by Jessica Young (M. Arch. ’02) and Luke Bulman (M. Arch. ’98) received a Design Distinction Award in the Graphics category of the 2010 I.D. Magazine Design Review for their Ring Roads of the World poster, commissioned by the Rice School of Architecture in 2009.
RSA alum is project mentor on award-winning design for Governor’s Island
Rob Rogers (B. Arch. ’83) is the Project Mentor for Burble Bup, the winning project of the City of Dreams Pavilion Competition for Governor’s Island in New York. For more information on the project, please click here.
RSA alum to be honored by Association of Rice Alumni
Robert Taylor (B. Arch. ’75) and his wife Amy Dunn Taylor were awarded the Meritorious Service Award for 2011 and will be honored at the Alumni Laureates Dinner on May 14.
Alumni and friends to be honored at 2011 AIA Convention, New Orleans
Peter Borden (B. Arch. ’98) is the 2011 recipient of the AIA Young
Architect Award, which he will receive at the AIA national conference
this May. Borden is a founding partner of Borden Partnership and
Assistant Professor at the school of architecture at USC Los Angeles.
David Calkins (B. Arch. ’81), Christine Bruckner (B. Arch. ’90),
Elizabeth del Monte (M. Arch. ’82), and Roksan Okan-Vick (M. Arch. ’80)
have been elected to the AIA College of Fellows. Calkins is a principal
at Gensler’s Houston office; del Monte, at The Beck Group in Dallas.
Okan-Vick is the director of the Houston Parks Board.
Preceptor Weiss/Manfredi won an AIA Honor Award for their project at
Barnard College in New York - the Diana Center, a mixed-use building
that has quickly become a hub for Barnard’s intellectual, cultural and
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Charles Renfro, lead architect on DS+R Creative Arts Center Project at Brown University interviewed in L.A. Times
Charles Renfro (B. Arch. ’87), partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York, was the lead architect on a project for a new creative arts center at Brown University, which was recently reviewed by the L.A. Times. Read the review, including commentary by Renfro, here.
Georgeen Theodore and Partners at Interboro winners of the MoMA/P.S.1 2011 Young Architects Program
Brooklyn-based urban design and planning firm Interboro, of which RSA alum Georgeen Theodore (B. Arch. ’92) is a founding partner, won the 2011 Young Architects Program with their project Holding Pattern.The Young Architects Program awards emerging architects the opportunity to design an installation in what is widely recognized as New York’s liveliest summer party space, the outdoor plaza of MoMA/P.S. 1 in Queens. The firm has also been selected this year as one of the eight firms participating in the Emerging Voices series at the Architectural League
RSA alumni honored by local AIA chapter
Natalye Appel (B. Arch. '82) won an AIA Honor Award for her firm's renovation of the Oak Forest Library, and Scott Ziegler (M. Arch. '76) was honored for the restoration of St. Mary's Catholic Church done by his firm, Ziegler Cooper Architects. James M. Evans (B. Arch. '95) also received an Honor Award for his residential project 'Hyde Park Double.’
Catie Newell, RSA alum, awarded Architectural League Young Architects Prize
Catie Newell (M. Arch. ’07) was a recipient of the 2011 Architectural League Young Architects Prize for Young Architects and Designers. The prize was established to recognize specific works of high quality and to encourage the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum. Her project 'Salvaged Landscapes' was exhibited in the Architectural League Prize Show at Parsons/The New School for Design.
RSA alumni honored by Greater Houston Preservation Society
Congratulations to RSA Alumni Michael Morrow (M.Arch., 2000),Taryn Kinney (B.A. 2000, B.Arch., 2002), and William D. Kendall (M. Arch. ’70, principal, Kendall/Heaton), all of whom were awarded Good Brick Awards by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Kinney & Morrow were honored for the renovation of their historic house (1876) in Old Sixth Ward. Kendall/Heaton received the AIA Twenty-five Year Award for their RepublicBank Center [now Bank of America Center], completed in 1983 in collaboration with Johnson/Burgee Architects. The Greater Houston Preservation Alliance presented the 2011 Good Brick Awards during the Cornerstone Dinner on Friday, February 4.
Mark Wright awarded fellowship at MacDowell Colony
Mark Wright (B.A. '80, B. Arch. '82) was honored with a MacDowell Colony fellowship in the autumn of 2010. During a four-week residency he analyzed, modeled, and wrote about Robert Venturi's unbuilt house for Tuxedo Park, NY (1987-1991). The house represents Venturi's most direct confrontation with the legacy of H. H. Richardson, and so this study builds in part on previous research that led to publication of "H. H. Richardson's House for Reverend Browne, Rediscovered" in the March 2009 issue of JSAH, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.
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