Nonya Grenader
Professor in Practice


Nonya Grenader, FAIA, has taught design studios and seminars in the School of Architecture since 1994. She is a Professor in Practice and served as the Associate Director of the Rice Building Workshop (RBW) for twenty years. During that time, RBW students 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 and the Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). RBW exhibited their Ze-Row House at the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. in 2009, and Grenader (together with Danny Samuels) received an ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award.

Principal of her own small firm, Grenader's projects have received numerous design awards and have been featured in Texas Architect and the New York Times. Her firm recently completed the adaptive re-use of an historic textile mill, which was recognized with awards from Houston AIA, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, and the Urban Land Institute. In 2000, she was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and in 2017, she received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from AIA Houston. In 2018, she received the Texas Society of Architects Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions and she is currently a Rice University Faculty Fellow of the Center for Teaching Excellence. Grenader’s professional work focuses on domestic and adaptive re-use projects, and her current seminars at Rice reflect her longtime interests and experiences in those areas.

Faculty Work


  • M.Arch., Rice University
  • B.Arch., University of Texas at Austin

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