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The William T. Cannady Hall for Architecture advances the international stature of Rice Architecture as a preeminent institution of learning, research, and public engagement—both with the city of Houston and the world more broadly.

With a generous lead gift from Professor Emeritus William T. Cannady, Rice Architecture is building the William T. Cannady Hall for Architecture, an extension to MD Anderson Hall. The school has always focused on design and design research, and this new, world-class space complements the school’s existing home. The 20,000-square-foot building includes spaces for collaborative teaching and researchfrom the two-story gallery space to the world-class fabrication lab, the building is both a hub of design production and public engagement. 

Swiss architectural firm Karamuk Kuo designed the building. Established in 2010 by Ünal Karamuk and Jeannette Kuo and based in Zurich, Karamuk Kuo is an award-winning architecture firm that brings diverse building experience to the design process. Known for creatively working within constraints and with extensive backgrounds in architectural education and the design of academic buildings, Karamuk and Kuo are designers especially well situated to consider the spatial and logistical needs of Rice Architecture.

For more information, please contact Director of Development Amanda Sullivan,, 713-348-5495.

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Rendering of Cannady Hall Exterior

Brick meets terra cotta at Rice University’s Cannady Hall

More than three years after it was first announced, Rice Architecture at Rice University in Houston has broken ground on its new William T. Cannady Hall, a 22,000-square-foot building that will rise directly across from—and be connected via an elevated walkway to—the school’s longtime home, MD Anderson Hall.

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Jeannette Kuo poses for a photo in front of the William T. Cannady Hall construction site.

Cannady Hall architects also working to build Rice Architecture students’ skills

Ünal Karamuk and Jeannette Kuo, globally renowned architects and cofounders of Karamuk Kuo Architects based in Zürich, are currently working on the construction of the Rice University School of Architecture’s new William T. Cannady Hall, set to be completed in 2024.

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image of steel structure in process

Rice hosts topping out celebration for Cannady Hall addition

Rice Architecture commemorated the completion of the structural phase of William T. Cannady Hall with a topping out celebration August 21, 2023.

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Looking east, Cannady Hall’s red terracotta facade is pictured Jan. 16

Cannady Hall shapes up for February completion

Over a year since ground was first broken on the new Cannady Hall, the building is still being constructed. According to Dean of Architecture Igor Marjanović, the vision first outlined to the Thresher and the student body is starting to take shape.

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Rice Architecture announces William T. Cannady Hall

With the announcement of a generous lead gift, the school is planning the imminent construction of William T. Cannady Hall, just west of the school’s current home, Anderson Hall.

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