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Tête-à-Tête: Rice Architecture Podcast Series

Tête-à-Tête is a student-produced podcast series that strives to highlight architectural discourse between Rice Architecture and the global architecture community. Each episode is intended to keep architecture enthusiasts, professionals, academics, and students informed of current happenings.

 

The podcast team works to foster and curate exciting conversations with a range of featured guests including lecturers, faculty members, alumni, students, and professionals. Listen to each episode through the menu below. Don't forget to subscribe to keep up with new releases!

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Contact the Tête-à-Tête team via email at archpodcast@rice.edu.

Team Members:
Aylin Nazli
Rose Wilkowski
Carrie Li
Takudzwa Tapfuma

Shawna Forney, Communications Specialist and staff advisor

 

Latest Episode:

 

Lecture by Jack Self "Attitude as Form"

 

A highlight from the 2018-2019 academic year, please enjoy this recording of Jack Self's lecture entitled Attitude as Form. Jack spoke at the MATCH Auditorium in Houston, Texas as part of the PLAT & Rice Design Alliance lecture series: Sharing as well as a part of the Cullinan Lecture Series. 

Jack Self is a registered architect and writer based in London. He is Director of the REAL Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the Real Review

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Lecture by Jack Self "Attitude as Form"

A highlight from the 2018-2019 academic year, please enjoy this recording of Jack Self's lecture entitled Attitude as Form. Jack spoke at the MATCH Auditorium in Houston, Texas as part of the PLAT & Rice Design Alliance lecture series: Sharing as well as a part of the Cullinan Lecture Series. 

Jack Self is a registered architect and writer based in London. He is Director of the REAL Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the Real Review. In 2016, Jack curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. 

Jack's architectural design focuses on alternative models of ownership, contemporary forms of labour, and the formation of socio-economic power in relationships in space. His work has been widely shown, including at the Maxxi, Tate Britain, ICA and Design Museum. Jack's writing has appeared in The Guardian, eflux, 032c, the BBC, Frieze, CNN, and elsewhere. Jack's first book Real Estates: Life Without Debt is now in its second printing. He was previously Contributing Editor for Architectual Review and Editor-at-Large for 032c . 

This episode was produced by Rose Wilkowski.

 

Conversation between Lars Lerup and Aaron Betsky

A conversation between Aaron Betsky and Lars Lerup following Lars’ farewell lecture Building the Unfinished: An Intellectual Autobiography of a Life in Design. They discuss Lars’ focus on Houston within his research, his transition to studying similar cities in Florida and how Rice Architecture has changed over his years here.

Lars Lerup, designer and writer, is a Professor of Architecture at Rice Architecture. He was Dean at Rice Architecture and William Ward Watkin Professor from 1993 to 2009. Previously, he taught for many years at the University of California at Berkeley. His work focuses on the intersection of nature and culture in the contemporary American metropolis, and on Houston in particular.

Aaron Betsky is currently the dean at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin and Taliesin West. Mr. Betsky's leadership of major institutions in the world of art and architecture includes serving as the Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam from 2001 to 2006, the Curator of Architecture and Design of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1995-2001, and the Artistic Director of the 11th International Architecture Biennale Venice, Italy in September 2008. A prolific writer and editor with a dozen books of hundreds of articles to his credit, Mr. Betsky is also a lecturer and visiting critic who teaches around the world.

This episode was produced by Rose Wilkowski, Carrie Li and Takudzwa Tapfuma.

Lars Lerup Farewell Lecture

For those who could not attend in person, enjoy this recording of Lars Lerup's Farewell Lecture titled Building the Unfinished: An Intellectual Autobiography of a Life in Design given in Farish Gallery of Anderson Hall on April 4, 2019.

This episode was produced by Rose Wilkowski.

 

Conversation with alumnus Scott Key

A conversation between Career and Alumni Specialist, Jacki Schafer and Scott Key (M.Arch '15). Scott began his work on the Emergency Floor system during his time as a graduate student at Rice Architecture. He and fellow alumnus, Sam Brisendine, continued their work on this project after graduating. Jacki and Scott discuss the impact of his time at Rice, how he transitioned this project into real world production and where their company is heading now.

Scott Key received his Master of Architecture from Rice in 2015. Along with business partner and fellow alumnus, Sam Brisendine, they founded Emergency Floor that manufactures light-weight, durable modular floor panels to be distributed in refugee camps all over the world. This outreach pursuit led them to found the non-profit Every Shelter which works to provide solutions for additional refugee needs.

Jacki Schaefer is the Career and Alumni Specialist for Rice Architecture. After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture in 2009, she worked as a commercial architect and BIM instructor before becoming a professional photographer.

This episode was produced by Rose Wilkowski, Carrie Li and Takudzwa Tapfuma.

 

Interview with DUST

An interview between Rice Architecture Professor Carlos Jimenez and DUST. Cade Manning Hayes and Jesus Robles Jr. are the founding members of the architecture firm DUST, based in Tucson Arizona. DUST was recently awarded the Rice Design Alliance 2019 Spotlight award. They discuss their unique approach to architecture in the southwest, the key commission that started their firm off on the right foot and even how they came up with their unique studio name.

Cade Manning Hayes was born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico. It was the experiences in the Lower Pecos River Valley of the Chihuahuan Desert that nourished his dreams, memories, and intimacy with the desert. As a son of a welder, his early influences come from the time spent helping his father and working on his grandfather's farm. Upon receiving his Masters of Architecture from Texas Tech University in 2002, he moved to the Sonoran Desert where he worked with Rick Joy Architects until 2007.

Jesús Edmundo Robles, Jr. is originally from the Southwestern, United States and spent much of his youth traveling to landscapes between Southern California and Texas. Jesus studied architecture at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas earning his Masters of Architecture in 2003. Upon departure, he cut a unique path to expand and hone his craft gaining over 15 years of architectural design, project management, construction, and construction management experience. In addition to practice, Jesús is an instructor at the University of Arizona teaching design studios and Material Fabrication.

Carlos Jiménez teaches both undergraduate and graduate studios and a seminar on architecture, film, literature, and music case studies. He began his teaching career at Rice as a visiting critic in 1987 and as full time faculty in 1997. Professor Jiménez graduated with honors from the University of Houston College of Architecture in 1981, receiving best thesis and best portfolio awards. He established, Carlos Jiménez Studio, in Houston in 1983. He has taught at numerous universities in addition to frequently acting as lecturer, Juror and Visiting Critic at universities and cultural institutions in the US and internationally.

This episode was produced by Rose Wilkowski, Carrie Li and Takudzwa Tapfuma.

Conversation with alumni Ethan Feuer and Florence Tang

Conversations between Career and Alumni Specialist, Jacki Schaefer and alumni Ethan Feuer (B.Arch '11) and Florence Tang (M.Arch '09). Their conversations include thoughts on how each of them pursue nontraditional architecture careers and how their experiences at Rice Architecture furthered and fueled their passions.

Ethan Feuer is a writer and designer living in Virginia. After receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University in 2011, Ethan pursued a career in architecture and writing, receiving his MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia. His stories appear in Best American Experimental Fiction, the Indiana Review, Tin House online, Electric Literature, DIAGRAM, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere.

Florence Tang is a project manager at the Houston Zoo. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Trinity University in 2001  and her Master of Architecture from Rice in 2009. Previously, Florence was a journalist for the Houston Chronicle and she continues to write for various publications including the RDA and Cite Magazine.

Jacki Schaefer is the Career and Alumni Specialist for Rice Architecture. After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture in 2009, she worked as a commercial architect and BIM instructor before becoming a professional photographer.

This episode was produced by Aylin Nazli and Rose Wilkowski.

Conversation about Unmaking the Bed with Piergianna Mazzocca and Patrick Daurio

A conversation between Gus Wortham Fellow, Piergianna Mazzocca and Patrick Daurio (M.Arch ‘16) about the exhibition Unmaking the Bed, Unmaking New Orleans. The content for the exhibition was developed by students in Piergianna’s Spring 2018 studio entitled Unmaking the Bed. The exhibition furthers the student’s work by specifically studying the idea of “the bed” in the city of New Orleans.

Piergianna Mazzocca graduated as an architect from the University of the Andes in Mérida-Venezuela, after which she co-founded and worked as an architect in Taller de Arquitectura Singular, directing the office between 2011 and 2015. In 2014 she moved to the Netherlands to start her postmasters at The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, Delft University of Technology, from where she graduated cum laude in 2016. Piergianna's current research focuses on architecture's enduring relationship to health and its associated medical aesthetic paradigms.

Patrick Daurio is an architect at the New Orleans-based Office of Jonathan Tate. He holds an M.Arch from Rice University and an A.B. in Architecture from Princeton University. He is originally from New Jersey and has worked previously worked in New York, Los Angeles, and Houston. His essay, “Not For Construction: The Phantom Architectures of New Orleans' Conservation Easements” is featured in PLAT 7.0: Sharing.

This episode was produced by Aylin Nazli and Rose Wilkowski.

(Teaser Episode) Interview with Tom Emerson

An excerpt from the interview between Jack Murphy (M.Arch '20) and Tom Emerson founder of 6a Architects.

This episode was produced by Aylin Nazli and Rose Wilkowski.

Interview with Peggy Deamer

An interview between Francis Aguillard (M.Arch '19) and Peggy Deamer about the Architecture Lobby, a group advocating for the value of architectural design in our communities as well as labor and workers' rights within the field of architecture.

Peggy Deamer is a professor of architecture at Yale University School of Architecture, principal at Deamer Architects, and is the founding member of the Architecture Lobby. She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present and co-editor of Building in Future: Recasting Architectural Labor and BIM in Academia, among other publications. Most recently, the Architecture Lobby hosted a National Think-in revolving around the theme of "Infrastructure," addressing topics such as "Cities and Capital," "Climate Change," and the "#MeToo" movement.

Francis Aguillard received his M.Arch from Rice University in 2019. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he completed an M.Sc. in City Design & Social Science and wrote his thesis on co-living. He also graduated from the Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Francis was an editor-in-chief for PLAT 7.0 Sharing, an independent student-led architecture journal supported by Rice Architecture.

This episode was produced by Aylin Nazli and Rose Wilkowski.

Conversation about Rice Architecture Paris with XDGA

A conversation between Aylin Nazli and studio critics from the Spring 2019 semester of the Rice Architecture Paris program. Doug Allard and Lieven De Boeck are members of Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XGDA) located in Brussels and recently completed the spring studio which tackled the void as an urban generator. Within XDGA, Doug Allard, Federico Pedrini, and Lieven De Boeck founded the research wing entitled XDGR (research) as an entity that pursues research concurrent with practice. One of the first projects within this branch includes directing the Rice Architecture Paris spring studios.

Lieven De Boeck graduated from Saint Lucas in 1994 with a degree in architecture, after which he began practicing at T.O.P Office. There he led the research phase of a project entitled, The Unadapted City. Lieven joined XDGA in 2000 where he directed research on the urban project After-Sprawl, Research on the Contemporary City, which culminated in a publication in 2002. In 2014, while still practicing architecture with XDGA, he founded Studio Lieven De Boeck: a collaborative art practice that explores the oeuvre and seeks to develop a shared understanding of authorship through reproduction, re-interpretation, and conceptual research.

Doug Allard has worked as an architect and urbanist for 25 years at leading international architectural firms. Since January 2011 he has been a senior architect at XDGA in Brussels. His previous work experience includes OMA, Ushida Findlay Architects, Bennetts Associates and Stephane Beel Architects where he worked on large-scale master plans, museums, government buildings, and smaller private projects. Doug has been a member of numerous architectural juries and is currently a studio professor at the Henry Van De Velde School of Architecture at Antwerp University.

This episode was produced by Aylin Nazli and Rose Wilkowski.

Lunchtime Response with Lars Lerup and Aaron Betsky

For those who could not attend the event in person, enjoy this recording of the Lunchtime Response with Lars Lerup and Aaron Betsky following Lars' Farewell Lecture. The response was held on April 5, 2019.

Lars Lerup, designer and writer, is a Professor of Architecture at Rice Architecture. He was Dean at Rice Architecture and William Ward Watkin Professor from 1993 to 2009. Previously, he taught for many years at the University of California at Berkeley. His work focuses on the intersection of nature and culture in the contemporary American metropolis, and on Houston in particular.

Aaron Betsky is currently the dean at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin and Taliesin West. Mr. Betsky's leadership of major institutions in the world of art and architecture includes serving as the Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam from 2001 to 2006, the Curator of Architecture and Design of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1995-2001, and the Artistic Director of the 11th International Architecture Biennale Venice, Italy in September 2008. A prolific writer and editor with a dozen books of hundreds of articles to his credit, Mr. Betsky is also a lecturer and visiting critic who teaches around the world.

This episode was produced by Rose Wilkowski.

Conversation about "At least I have you, egg"

A conversation with undergraduate students Anna Fritz and Julia Casbarian about their installations in the Mavis C. Pitman Award Exhibition entitled At least I have you, egg. The exhibition was on display in the Rice Media Center Gallery through March 28, 2019. They discuss the meanings behind their installations, how they blend architectural influences and art inspiration within their respective work and what they’ve learned from the design and build processes.

Anna Fritz is a junior at Baker college, where she is majoring in Architecture, Art History, and Visual and Dramatic Arts with a studio arts concentration. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended an international school and developed an avid love for reading.  After graduating, she intends to practice architecture professionally before returning to graduate school to develop her thesis.

Julia Casbarian is a junior at Baker College. She is majoring Visual and Dramatic Arts with a concentration in studio art and minoring in Environmental Studies. She is a Houston native and loves cooking, knitting, and exploring the city.

This episode was produced by Rose Wilkowski, Carrie Li and Takudzwa Tapfuma.

Interview with Dana Cuff

An interview with Dana Cuff, architecture professor at UCLA, provides insight into how her work at cityLAB pulls architecture, urban design and sustainability together and why these practices can be influential all over the world, including Houston.

Dana Cuff is a professor in the School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also the director of cityLAB, a think-tank comprised of undergraduates, graduates and practitioners that studies urban issues of the emerging metropolis and develops possibilities for our cities to grow more livably, sustainably and beautifully. Dana received a B.A. in Psychology and Design from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Her publications include Architecture: The Story of Practice, The Provisional City: Los Angeles Stories of Architecture and Urbanism, and Fast Forward Urbanism.

This episode was produced by Rose Wilkowski, Carrie Li and Takudzwa Tapfuma.

Conversation with alumnus Christof Spieler

A conversation between Career and Alumni Specialist, Jacki Schafer and Christof Spieler (M.Sc.Eng '99) provides insight into Christof’s experience as an engineering student at Rice and how the campus community fostered many of his additional interests. These interests later developed into individual threads within his unique career.

Christof Spieler is a structural engineer and an urban planner. After receiving a Masters in Civil Engineering from Rice University, Christof spent nine years in practice as a consulting structural engineer. His projects have won multiple American Institute of Architects awards and have been featured on the cover of national engineering magazines. In 2008, Christof Joined Huitt-Zollers as Director of Technology and Innovation. He leads firm-wide initiatives in green buildings, project process, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). He has written and spoken extensively on transit and urban planning and has helped Houston neighborhoods shape transportation projects. In 2010, Houston mayor Annise Parker appointed Christof to the board of Houston METRO, one of the 20 largest transit agencies in the U.S..

Jacki Schaefer is the Career and Alumni Specialist for Rice Architecture. After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture in 2009, she worked as a commercial architect and BIM instructor before becoming a professional photographer.

This episode was produced by Rose Wilkowski, Carrie Li and Takudzwa Tapfuma.

Conversation about Totalization with Troy Schaum and Nat Oppenheimer

A conversation with Troy Schaum and Nat Oppenheimer about what makes the Totalization program unique, how it fits into the curriculum at Rice Architecture, and the importance of collaboration between students and professional consultants.

Troy Schaum is an Associate Professor at the Rice School of Architecture, where he was the 2008-2010 Wortham Fellow. He is also a partner in SCHAUM/SHIEH, where his design and research interests focus on new possibilities for form, representation, and politics in the post-megalopolitan city. He holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton and a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. Troy is currently the coordinator of the Totalization sequence.

Nat Oppenheimer joined Silman in 1988 where he is currently Executive Vice President. Nat develops engineering systems to support new construction, renovations, and historic preservation and spearheads much of the firm’s institutional work. He has collaborated as the structural consultant in the Totalization sequence for the past nine years.

This episode was produced by Aylin Nazli and Rose Wilkowski.

Interview with Tom Emerson

An interview between Jack Murphy (M.Arch '20) and Tom Emerson about his thoughts on materiality, the relationship between nature and architecture, and the scalar process of design. Tom expresses how he weaves these common threads through both his professional work and teaching methods. He finds this symbiotic relationship constantly fruitful.

Tom Emerson is a founding director of 6a Architects in London. He studied architecture at the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art, and the University of Cambridge. He has taught at the Architectural Association and the University of Cambridge and published articles on architecture, literature, and art. In 2010, he was appointed Professor of Architecture at the ETH Department of Architecture in Zurich.

Jack Murphy (M.Arch '20) is co-editor of PLAT Journal for the 2018-2019 academic year. His writings have appeared in Places, Texas Architect, and The Architect's Newspaper. Previously he participated as a designer in the offices of Dyal & Partners and Baldridge Architects in Austin, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from MIT.

This episode was produced by Aylin Nazli and Rose Wilkowski.

Conversation with Rice Construct

A conversation with Rice Construct's Danny Samuels and Rose Wilkowski. They discuss housing density and how the recent projects of Rice Construct impact Houston's residential growth. Samuels shares his perspective on why housing in Houston is a critical issue. Wilkowski discusses why she became involved in the elective course and the value of the skills she acquired.

Over the past twenty years, more than six hundred students have designed and built projects at various scales in the community -- from exhibit venues in Houston museums to affordable housing at Project Row Houses in Houston's Third Ward. The Workshop received the 2004 NCARB Prize for the "Integration of Practice and Education" from the National Council of Registration Boards and the "Collaborative Practice Award" in 2005 from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. In 2015/16, the RBW collaboration with Project Row Houses was the subject of exhibitions at Harvard GSD, AIA NY, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum, as well as the book Core Houses.

Danny Samuels, FAIA, is a Professor in the Practice of Architecture and the Co-director of Rice Construct. Along with business partners John J. Casbarian and Robert H. Timme, Samuels founded Taft Architects in 1973. The work of this Houston-based office has received over 60 major design awards, and has appeared in over 200 articles in books and journals worldwide.

Rose Wilkowski (M.Arch '20) received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Prior to attending Rice, she worked at Rottet Studio in New York City as a project designer.

This episode was produced by Aylin Nazli and Rose Wilkowski.

(Teaser Episode) Interview with Peggy Deamer

An excerpt from the interview between Francis Aguillard (M.Arch '19) and Peggy Deamer.

This episode was produced by Aylin Nazli and Rose Wilkowski.

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