News from RSA Alumni and Friends


Samantha Melcher accepts position in DC

Congratulations to recent graduate Samantha Melcher (B.Arch. ‘15), who accepted a job at Cunningham Quill Architects in Washington DC.

Kristine A. Harding, President

Congratulations to Kristine A. Harding (B.Arch. ‘85), who was elected first vice president/president-elect of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) at its 96th Annual Business Meeting. By virtue of her election, Harding will be inaugurated as NCARB president in July 2016. Read more here.

Apartment Therapy

Check out this great digital tour of Judy Le's (Rice class of '00) house designed by Gary Tran (B.Arch. '01).

Archie Pizzini presents PhD on Saigon Architecture

Two U.S. architects, Tran Hoanh and Archie Pizzini (B.Arch. '82), introduced their PhD thesis which focuses on the architecture of Saigon since Emperor Gia Long’s reign until now. An exhibition, which is a part of the thesis project, kicked off on April 10 and will close on May 2 at Galerie Quynh in Ho Chi Minh City to showcase photos, installation artworks, and presentations about the architecture of Saigon by Archie Pizzini and Tran Hoanh. Read more about their project here.

Charles Renfro at 2015 Texas Medal of Arts

Check out this recap, with great pictures, of the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts ceremony, including our own Charles Renfro (B.Arch. '87 and RSA Watkin Council Member) who is the honoree for architecture and Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe, the honoree for Visual Arts.

ARO Architects in NY Times

Ethan Feuer (B.Arch. '09) and Stephen Cassell, of ARO Architects, were featured at for their modern chicken coop. Read the article here.

Building of the Year

Rob Rogers (B.Arch. '83, and RSA Watkin Advisory Council Member) was awarded Building of the Year for his Henderson Hopkins project, read about it here.

DS+R Wins Design Competition

Charles Renfro's (B.Arch. '87 and RSA Watkin Council Member) firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been chosen as the winner of a design competition for a new performing arts center at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

LABhaus in Dwell

Sara-Ann Logan (B.Arch. '05) and Steven Nebel (B.Arch. '03), and their firm LABhaus, have been featured in the December/January issue of Dwell Magazine. Check out the online version of the article here.

Article about One Sante Fe Project

The LA Times published a piece on the One Santa Fe project, which was envisioned and developed by Bill McGregor (B.Arch. '66), a longtime supporter and leader among the RSA alumni community. Read it here.

Urban Path receives honorable mention

Urban Path, a team comprised of Anthony Harrington (M.Arch. ’05), Matthew Radune (M.Arch. '05) and Nimet Anwar (M.Arch. ’15), was named as an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Beijing Cityvision Competition. Check out all the winners here.

Catie Newell inaugurates Stubbins Gallery

The Georgia Tech College of Architecture is pleased to inaugurate the Stubbins Gallery with After Curfew, the work of Catie Newell (M.Arch. ’06), on exhibition from October 8th to November 7th 2014. Newell’s work captures spaces and material effects, focusing on the development of atmospheres through exploration of textures, volumes, and the effects of light, or lack thereof. Her practice has been widely recognized for exploring design construction and materiality in relation to location, geography, and cultural contingencies. Newell will present her work at the opening reception on Wednesday, October 8th, at 6:00 in the Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium at the College of Architecture, as part of the School of Architecture lecture series. Both lecture and opening are open to the public. Get more info here.

Jason Young appointed Director

Jason Young (M.Arch. '92) is the new director of the School of Architecture of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Read more here.

Michelle LaFoe Spotlight

Michelle LaFoe (B.Arch. '91), Founding Principal of OFFICE 52 Architecture, was recently featured by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in their Alumni Spotlight. Read the article by Jeremy Ohmes, writer and Associate Director of Editorial at SAIC here.

Marc Swackhamer is named Head of Architecture

Congratulations to Marc Swackhamer (M.Arch. '97) who has been named head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota.

Palmer Schooley's house gets an update

Palmer Schooley (M.Arch. '85) has given his 90-year-old Heights house a modern update. Read all about it in the Houston Chronicle.

Keep in touch with us!

Just a reminder that alumni can update their information on the Rice Alumni directory. Rice uses your current work and home information to invite you to events in your area, including our lectures and receptions. Make sure it has the best email address to reach you -- as that is how we communicate most of the time now. Also, it’s a great idea to sign up on our homepage to receive RSA’s e-blast newsletter and read our latest edition. Send along any updates you have so that we may share your good news! The e-blast list and the alumni directory are not the same list, so you’ll have to sign up for both. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE encourage your friends and fellow alums to keep their information up-to-date. We are doing more and more events outside of Houston and always love to have our alumni attend. Don't forget to follow the Rice School of Architecture on Facebook and Twitter.

Mod Pod Open House

Peter Muessig, Jason Fleming, and Andrew Daley (all M.Arch. ’12) will celebrate the completion of their RBW project, ModPod (formerly known as InHouse OutHouse) with an open house April 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 3300 Bastrop St., Houston. Read more about it on Rice News.  

Rob Rogers in New York Times

Rob Rogers' (B.Arch. ’83) Henderson-Hopkins school in Baltimore is working towards redevelopment. Read about the grand urban experiment, to make the school the centerpiece of a major redevelopment project, in the New York Times.

Congratulations 2014 AIA Fellows

Congratulations to RSA alums and friends who are now Fellows of the AIA: Jeffrey Averill (B.Arch. ’79), Leslie Elkins, Chung Nguyen (RAMP mentor), Rafael Pelli (participating Preceptor firm, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects), and Dean Brenda Case Scheer (B.Arch. ‘74).

Etien Santiago, PhD

Etien Santiago (B.Arch. '08) began a PhD in architecture at Harvard University, as part of the interdisciplinary program co-managed by the Graduate School of Design and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Etien's research will focus on the revolutionary changes that swept through the painting, literature, science, and architecture of Western Europe around 1900, with the aim of understanding how developments in different realms of culture impacted one another during this time, and a particular interest in the role that architectural explorations bent on structural innovation played within this context.

Danish Kurani at Columbia

Danish Kurani (B.Arch. '07) recently gave a talk at Columbia on the design of future libraries and learning spaces. Video of the talk will be up on Vialogues next week.

Archinect Employer of the Day

Congratulations to Li Hu, (M.Arch. '98) whose firm, Open Architecture, based in Beijing, was chosen as Arhinect's Employer of the Day.

Val Glitsch, President of the Texas Society of Architects

Congratulations to Val Glitsch, FAIA (B.Arch. '78) who has begun her presidency at the Texas Society of Architects in 2014! Read more here.

Buildings of Texas for Preservation Houston

Gerald Moorhead (B.Arch. '69) and contributors Stephen Fox and Anna Mod will discuss their new book Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast at Preservation Houston's History in Print series. The program will be held on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30pm on the second floor of the Jones Youth Building at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Scott Gill's new book

Scott Gill (M.Arch. '87) is giving a talk on his second book, Country Houses of Louisville, 1899-1939 at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in New York, titled "Northern Grace and Southern Manors: New York Architects and the Country House in Louisville, 1908-1922." Country Houses of Louisville is the first book to delve into the surprising and relatively unknown architectural and landscape history of Louisville’s country house era. Order it on Amazon here

LMSA is number one in Sustainability

Architect magazine recognized LMSA, co-founded by Richard Stacy (B.Arch. '79), as the number one sustainable architecture firm in their annual Architect 50 ranking. This is the third consecutive year LMSA has been named to ARCHITECT 50. 

Airport Landscape exhibition at GSD

Curated by Charles Waldheim and Sonja Dümpelmann Airport Landscape claims the airport as a site of, and for, landscape. The exhibition features work by a range of leading landscape architects and designers including Robert Sproull and Ernesto Bilbao (both M.Arch. '09) amongst others. Airport Landscape opens October 30th at the GSD's Piper Auditorium, with a conference following on November 14th and 15th. Get more information on the event here.

Ballroom Marfa's Desert Drive-In

Ballroom Marfa, directed by Melissa McDonnell Luján (M.Arch. '10), has designed a drive-in theatre. Read about it in the latest issue of Texas Architect, or online here.

Curators of 2014 Venice Biennale

The curators of the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale have been announced and they include RSA alumna Ana Miljacki (M.Arch. '99) and former Wortham Fellow Eva Franch i Gilabert!

Watercolors of Laurin McCracken at Hardin Center

Laurin McCracken (B.Arch. '67) has an exhibition, titled Visual Abundance, on display at the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in Gadsden, Alabama.  His watercolors range from breaking waves to bicycles and will be on view through October 31st. Read more here.

"Authors in Architecture" with Gerald Moorhead

Gerald Moorhead (B.Arch. '69) presents his new book, "Buildings of Texas: Central, South and Gulf Coast," at the Oak Forest Neighborhood Library in Houston on September 5th as part of AIA's ''Authors in Architecture'' series. Read more about it at The New York Times Texas Monthly page.

Inhouse/Outhouse feature

Peter Muessig, Andrew Daly, and Jason Fleming (all M.Arch. ‘12) are featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Residential Architect: A Magazine of the American Institute of Architects. Read the article online here.

Michael Haverland News Items

Michael Haverland (B.Arch. '89) has gotten a lot of press this summer. Read a profile on his office at 1stdibs, an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest's feature on his beautiful Shelter Island beach house, and The East Hampton Star's piece on Haverland's work in the east Hamptons. 

Matthew Juros Profiled

Matthew Juros (M.Arch. '96), Principal at Fishbrook Design Studio, was interviewed for New England Real Estate Journal, read it here.

Ned Dodington named as Emerging Leader

The Design Futures Council has named six professionals as its Emerging Leaders for 2013, and one of them is our own Ned Dodington (MArch '09). As co-founder of the Caroline Collective Houston’s first transdisciplinary co-working space, Ned is a leader in the new field of biologic design. Read more about The Design Futures Council and their choices for 2013 Emerging Leaders here

Articles by Jared Banks

Jared Banks (B.Arch. '03) recently had an article published in the March/April issue of DesignIntelligence. You can read the article here. Jared also has an article in the upcoming issue of CLOG: SCI-FI, pre-order it now!

Kristine A. Harding Elected Secretary of NCARB

Kristine A. Harding (B.Arch. '83), of Huntsville, AL, was elected secretary of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors at its 94th Annual Meeting in San Diego. Read more here.

Mosque Dream Seen at Heart of Turkey Protests

The New York Times features a photo and many quotes from Ahmet Vefik Alp (D.Arch. '79) in the article, “Mosque Dream Seen at Heart of Turkey Protests," read it here.


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