Gallery talk: MESO-COSM
2023–2024 Public Programs, Fall Edition
Sep. 18, 2023
Mashburn Gallery, University of Houston, 4200 Elgin St.

The MESO-COSM exhibition and research examines the relationship between architecture and large-scale ecosystem experiments in the Gulf Coast region, focusing on how urbanization in Houston’s periphery is affecting local ecosystems.

This lecture has been approved for AIA CES for 1 LU. Check in will be provided at the event.

Brittany Utting is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rice University and co-founder of the research and design collaborative HOME-OFFICE. Her work examines the relationship between architecture, collective life, and environmental care. She previously taught at the University of Michigan as the 2017-2018 Willard A. Oberdick Fellow. Brittany received her Master of Architecture from Yale University and a B.S. in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Brittany is a registered architect in New York and previously practiced at Thomas Phifer and Partners as project designer for the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Currently, she is editing the volume Architectures of Care: From the Intimate to the Common (Routledge, 2023).  

​Daniel Jacobs is an Instructional Assistant Professor in Architecture at the University of Houston and co-founder of HOME-OFFICE. His research and writing centers around the labor production and material ecologies of the built environment. He has previously served as the secretary of the National Organizing Committee of the Architecture Lobby, taught as a Lecturer at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, and practiced as an Associate at SHoP Architects in New York.  Daniel received his Master of Architecture from the Yale University School of Architecture and a B.S. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Daniel is a registered architect in Texas and New York.  


This program is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund; the William B. Coleman Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture; and the Wm. W. Caudill Lecture Series Fund. 

MESO-COSM is sponsored by the Hines Scholar as Design/Design as Scholar (HdSd) Program of the Undergraduate Architecture Program at the Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston. The exhibition is also funded by the Diluvial Houston Initiative, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported project, and Rice Architecture.

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