B. Arch, Rice University

M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts

B.A., Rice University


 John J. Casbarian, FAIA, is Director and Harry K. & Albert K. Smith Professor at the School of Architecture, Rice University, and Director, RSAP, where, since 1973, he has taught design and design theory at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

He received a BA and BArch from Rice University and a MFA in Design from the California Institute of the Arts. After apprenticing with Cesar Pelli and Craig Hodgetts, in Los Angeles, he founded, with his partners, Danny Samuels, FAIA and Robert H. Timme, FAIA, the internationally recognized design firm, Taft Architects, in 1972. The work of this Houston-based office has received over 60 major design awards, has been exhibited extensively including the Venice Biennale, and has appeared in over 200 articles in books and journals worldwide, including The New York Times, Time and Newsweek.

Casbarian, with his partners, has lectured at over 100 professional and educational forums, nationally and internationally. In addition to holding joint distinguished professor appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Illinois, Clemson University and the University of Houston, Casbarian and partners held the Davenport Chair at Yale University. Together they are recipients of the Houston AIA Educator Award and the Houston AIA Firm Award.

Casbarian 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.