Sep 16, 2021

September 22 - November 12 | Zoom
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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.


Eric Höweler


Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston

What’s the Matter?

Wednesday, September 22, 12:00 p.m.

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Michael E. Willis, FAIA, NOMA


Michael Willis Architects, Oakland

Building Identities Through My Practice—The Personality of Architecture

Wednesday, September 29, 12:00 p.m.

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Cecilia Puga & Paula Velasco


Cecilia Puga – Paula Velasco Arquitectura, Santiago

Ongoing Work

Wednesday, October 13, 12:00 p.m.

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Houston Design Research Grant Lectures

Liz Gálvez (Faculty Winner, Rice Architecture)

The Transgressive Kitchen


Estefanía Barajas (Student Winner, Rice Architecture)

Tables in Deserts and Swamps: How Food Education Can Help Solve the Root of Food Insecurity

Friday, October 22, 12:00 p.m.

Rice Design Alliance Lecture

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Paul Farber & Ken Lum


Monument Lab, Philadelphia

Monument Lab

Wednesday, October 27, 12:00 p.m.

Rice Design Alliance Lecture

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Ivi Diamantopoulou & Jaffer Kolb


New Affiliates, New York

Present Past, Future Perfect

Wednesday, November 3, 12:00 p.m.

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Philippe Block


ETH Zurich

Rethinking Concrete Construction

Friday, November 5, 12:00 p.m.

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PLAT 10.0: Behold Panel

Mario Carpo

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Todd Cronan

Emory University

Daniel Jacobs & Brittany Utting

HOME-OFFICE/University of Houston and Rice University

Gili Merin

The Architectural Association

Friday, November 12, 12:00 p.m.

PLAT 10.0 Launch Event

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All lectures take place CST via Zoom. All lectures are free and open to the public. Each lecture is eligible for one AIA/CES Learning Unit. Please be sure to register online for each lecture to receive the link to join. For more information on all lectures and to register to attend, visit: or

This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of 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. The RDA Houston Design Research Grant Lectures are made possible through the generous support of The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation. Additional programming support is provided by RDA members and the Texas Commission on the Arts. PLAT is an independent student journal of Rice Architecture and is supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

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