Nonya Grenader
Professor in the Practice

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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 the project was published in Design Like you Give a Damn (2). In 2010, Grenader (together with Danny Samuels) received the ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award and a City of Houston Mayor’s Citation for Service to Houston’s Third Ward. RBW’s collaboration with Project Row Houses was featured in the 2016 Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum exhibit, “By the People, Designing a Better America.”

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. 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

Education

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

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