15th Annual Initiatives for Houston Grant Program

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The Rice Design Alliance is sponsoring our 15th annual grants program for students and faculty of the Rice School of Architecture, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, the College of Architecture at  Prairie View A&M University, and the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University. RDA will make separate awards of up to $5,000 each  to a student winner(s) and a faculty winner(s).

The Initiatives for Houston grants program focuses on Houston’s built environment, its  history, present condition, and future development. A variety of regional projects will be considered, including historic research, speculative studies, problem-solving and planning  projects, and documentary studies of the conditions of the city and its architecture. Proposals will be evaluated for their potential to make a significant contribution to our  understanding of the city and the region.

Last year, RDA granted an award to Rice School of Architecture Professor Gordon  Wittenberg’s “Linear Parks for Houston,” a study of the city’s abandoned and underused utility, pipeline, and railroad right-of-ways. Wittenberg used GIS data to map these right-of- ways and studied land use and ownership; he later shared his work with the Houston Parks Board. Wittenberg’s and other prior award-winning proposals are available for review in the architecture libraries of the four participating schools.

Guest jurors:
David Calkins, Regional Managing Principal, Gensler
Kristi M. Grizzle, Senior Associate, Walter P Moore
Willard Holmes, Associate Director Administration, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Andy Icken, Chief Development Officer, Office of the Mayor, City of Houston
Demitra Thomloudis, Adjunct Instructor, Houston Community College Central



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