Nonya Grenader

Professor in the Practice of Architecture

Associate Director of the Rice Building Workshop



M. Arch, Rice University

B. Arch, University of Texas, Austin


Nonya Grenader, FAIA, has taught design studios and seminars in the School of Architecture since 1994. She is a Professor in Practice and the Associate Director of the Rice Building Workshop (RBW). Since 1996, RBW students have designed and built projects at various scales in the community, with a focus on affordable housing and engagement with Houston’s Third Ward. The Workshop received the NCARB Prize for the "Integration of Practice and Education" from the National Council of Registration Boards, the Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and has been the recipient of numerous design awards. RBW exhibited their Ze-Row House at the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. in 2009, and the project was published in Design Like you Give a Damn (2). In 2010, Grenader (together with Danny Samuels) received the ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award and the City of Houston, Mayor’s Citation for Service to Project Row Houses and Houston’s Third Ward.

Principal of her own small firm, Grenader's residential and restoration projects have received design awards from Houston AIA and the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Her work has been featured in Texas Architect and the New York Times. In 2000, she was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. She was co-chair of the 99K House Competition sponsored by Rice Design Alliance and AIA/Houston in partnership with the City of Houston. She currently serves on the AIA ARCH Center Board of Directors.