Danny Samuels

Professor in the Practice of Architecture

Director Of Rice Building Workshop





Danny Marc Samuels, FAIA, is the Smith Visiting Professor and the Director of the Rice Building Workshop. After apprenticing with Guillermo Jullian in Paris and Venice, he founded,
with partners John J. Casbarian and Robert H. Timme, the internationally recognized design firm, Taft Architects, in 1972. The work of this Houston-based offce has received over 60 major design awards, and has appeared in over 200 articles in books and journals worldwide. Samuels, with his partners, has lectured at over 100 professional and educational forums, nationally and internationally. Together they are recipients of the Houston AIA Educator Award and the Houston AIA Firm Award. Samuels is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and in 1991 was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Samuels' and Associate Nonya Grenader's work with students through the Rice Building Workshop has resulted in a stream of realized projects: over the past ten years, more than two hundred students have designed and built projects at various scales in the community -- from exhibit venues in Houston museums to affordable housing at Project Row Houses in Houston's Third Ward. The Workshop received the 2004 NCARB Prize for the "Integration of Practice and Education" from the National Council of Registration Boards and the "Collaborative Practice Award" in 2005 from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Samuels' and Grenader's strong interest in the processes of making also carries into their work with First Year Design Studio.