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Practicum: Both the Rice University School of Architecture and the University of Houston College of Architecture present upper level design/build classes. The general intention of both programs is to offer design students broader exposure to the construction process and industry. By focusing on smaller scale projects or prototype assemblages, students and their faculty advisors are given the opportunity to work from schematic design through construction documents to cost estimating, and ultimately to fabrication and construction of the built structure.

Praxis: Throughout Houston, many architect-owned design firms have emerged during the past decade in response to a demand for the professional delivery method referred to as "Design/Build." In particular, there have been several architect firms that have used this delivery method to develop residential projects in Houston. Whereas the typical design/build delivery involves a venture between an architect and a builder, these architect-developers act as builders. In the same way the Rice and U of H design/ build students have constructed their projects, the architects presented in this symposium have built theirs.

Symposium at UH College of Architecture

Practicum 9:00 - 10:20 am

Rice Building Workshop Students and Faculty

UH Graduate Design/Build Studio Students and Faculty

Joe Meppelink, Onizieme Mouton, and Andrew Vrana

Praxis 10:40-12:00 am

Anne Eamon and Mark Schatz, m + a architecture studio

Rodney Collins, Collins Architects & Construction Co.

Chung Nguyen, MC2 Architects

Camilo Parra, Parra Design Group

Lunch and Design/Build Tour

1. UH Charter School Project 1: Wheeler and Cullen

2. UH Charter School Project 2: Homan and Cullen

3. Rice and UH projects at Roberts Elementary School

4. Rice and UH Projects at Poe Elementary School

5. UH Project at Ervan Chew Park: 4502 Dunlavy

6. Rice Project at Project Row Houses: Six Square House

7. Rice Project at Project Row Houses: XS House

8. Rice Project at Project Row Houses: Duplexes


4:30 - 5:30pm

Reception and Exhibition at Project Row House CDC (formerly Delia's Lounge)

Ticket Prices

RDA Member Student Rate: Free for Symposium, $10 for Lunch, Tour and Reception

General Student Rate: Free for Symposium, $20 for Lunch, Tour and Reception

AIA/RDA Member Rate*: $20 for Symposium, $30 for Lunch, Tour and Reception

Reservations Required for Lunch and Design/Build Tour and must be paid in full.

For payment information and reservations, please call 713-348-4876.

The Rice Design Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region through educational programs, the publication of Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston, and active programs to initiate physical improvements. Membership is open to the general public.

*The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs. For the Symposium, attendees will earn three Learning Units; and for the Bus Tour, attendees will earn one Learning Unit, which will be reported to CES Records on the member's behalf. Registration at Symposium and Bus Tour is required. Non-AIA members may request a Certificate of Completion to fulfill state MCE requirements.

Special Accommodations: Please alert us if you need any special accommodations. A minimum of two weeks notice is appreciated.

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