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Architectural Identifications: Building | un-Building
2021-2022 Lecture Series: Building Identities, Spring Edition
MD Anderson Hall, Farish Gallery

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J. Yolande Daniels, co founding principal, studioSUMO, and associate professor, MIT School of Architecture, presents the Llewelyn-Davies Sahni Innovative Practice Lecture "Architectural Identifications: Building | un-Building" at 12:00 p.m. as part of the 2021-2022 Rice Architecture Lecture Series, Building Identities, Spring Edition.

J. Yolande Daniels is an Associate Professor in Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture and a fellow of the Independent Study Program of the Whitney American Museum of Art in studio practice and cultural studies. Daniels is a co-founding principal of the architecture and design practice, studioSUMO. Both the practice and individual projects have been recognized for design excellence by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Japan National Design Council, German National Design Council, Chicago Athenaeum, AIA New York City Chapter, AIA New York State, the NY Architectural League Emerging Voices and League Prize, the Architectural Record Design Vanguard and the 12th, 14, and 16th Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibitions.

Building Identities

Construction of physical structures is inseparable from the construction of human identities. Rice Architecture aims to broaden our understanding of building construction and identity formation as two interrelated processes, seeking to close the gap between the social and the formal in the field of architecture and our world more broadly. Reflecting the pluralism of Houston as the most diverse city in the United States, Building Identities advances the agency of architecture in a new multicultural world. We believe this is an urgent theme for our school, our community, and our field at large.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Except for virtual events, all lectures will be held in Farish Gallery, MD Anderson Hall, Rice Architecture, unless otherwise noted, with a livestream available. For more information and to access the livestream links and virtual events registration page, visit Each lecture is available for one AIA/CES Learning Unit.

This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Llewelyn-Davies Sahni Fund for the Rice School of Architecture, the Betty R. and the George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund, the William B. Coleman Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture, the Wm. W. Caudill Lecture Series Fund, and Rice Design Alliance (RDA), the public programs and outreach arm of Rice Architecture. 

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