Calendar

Jan
18
Thu
2018
AIA Houston’s Small Firm Roundtable @ M Architects LLC
Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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The Small Firm Roundtable meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM.  This group provides a closed forum for dialogue among peers and a venue to support architects who have recently branched out on their own, have a growing firm, or are considering starting their own businesses.  Meetings consist of focused conversation and invaluable insights on important issues and practices.

No reservation is necessary.

Topic: We will be sharing books that have influenced the ways we practice and the plan for the upcoming year. Everyone is asked to please bring a book (or several).

 

Jan
19
Fri
2018
2018 Spring Charrette: Competition Registration Deadline
Jan 19 all-day

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region.

Can design ingenuity create a new archetype that promotes aspirations for Houston?

This year rdAGENTS are joining forces with AIA young professionals to host a design charrette to challenge teams to reimagine the site of the Meat Packing Building (noted below) along Commerce street. The site of the building serves as both a physical and conceptual nexus for urban design issues in Houston. Located within both the floodplain and floodway, the site raises questions about building in these highly sensitive locations post-Harvey. Set along Buffalo Bayou’s iconic trail system with an imminent new connection to the MKT Trail to the north, the site serves as a threshold between downtown and the Bayou Greenways system and creates opportunities for access and connectivity. Along Commerce Street, the building site has potentials for reconciling history with forward-thinking design solutions integrating multi-modal travel options/ Teams will be asked to propose ideas that would answer two questions. Could a new building proposal mediate the desire to build along a downtown waterfront to promote urban revitalization yet meet the strict criteria for floodway construction? Or should the site be transformed to greenspace to connect the street level to bayou level?

Here’s the rundown: In collaboration this year with the Downtown Management District, and Buffalo Bayou Partnership the charrette will be held all day at Rice University on Saturday, January 27. You’ll want to bring your own computers and printers, as always. Multidisciplinary teams of 2-6 people are encouraged.

A cash prize will be awarded to the winning team as well as an honorable mention.

Registration is $125 for RDA member teams, $150 for non-member teams, and $25 for student teams. Registration is limited to 20 teams on a first come first serve basis.  Click here to register and make a payment online. You will need the names and contact for each member of your team to register.


Key Dates

January 19, 2018  – Competition Registration Deadline

January 20, 2018 at 9:30am – Site Visit from 1019 Commerce Street

January 27, 2018 – 8:30am to 5pm Design Charrette

January 29, 2018 at 4pm to 6pm – Presentation to jury,

6pm to 8pm, Reception and Award

 

 

Read more about Rice Design Alliance’s 2018 Spring Charrette.

Jan
20
Sat
2018
2018 Spring Charrette – Guided Site Visit @ Buffalo Bayou Building
Jan 20 @ 9:30 am

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region.

Can design ingenuity create a new archetype that promotes aspirations for Houston?

This year rdAGENTS are joining forces with AIA young professionals to host a design charrette to challenge teams to reimagine the site of the Meat Packing Building (noted below) along Commerce street. The site of the building serves as both a physical and conceptual nexus for urban design issues in Houston. Located within both the floodplain and floodway, the site raises questions about building in these highly sensitive locations post-Harvey. Set along Buffalo Bayou’s iconic trail system with an imminent new connection to the MKT Trail to the north, the site serves as a threshold between downtown and the Bayou Greenways system and creates opportunities for access and connectivity. Along Commerce Street, the building site has potentials for reconciling history with forward-thinking design solutions integrating multi-modal travel options/ Teams will be asked to propose ideas that would answer two questions. Could a new building proposal mediate the desire to build along a downtown waterfront to promote urban revitalization yet meet the strict criteria for floodway construction? Or should the site be transformed to greenspace to connect the street level to bayou level?

Key Dates

January 19, 2018  – Competition Registration Deadline

January 20, 2018 at 9:30am – Site Visit from 1019 Commerce Street

January 27, 2018 – 8:30am to 5pm Design Charrette

January 29, 2018 at 4pm to 6pm – Presentation to jury,

6pm to 8pm, Reception and Award

 

 

Read more about the Rice Design Alliance’s 2018 Spring Charrette.

AIA’s Houston Heights Bicycle Tour @ Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am

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This tour explores the original footprint of the Heights, Texas’ and Houston’s first mixed-use community and home to 120 of the 215 National Register of Historic Places listed in Houston. We will look at a wide variety of building types that are historic and original to the area as well as more recent contemporary architecture and discuss how these fit into the context of the neighborhood.

Attendees need to bring their own bicycle. We encourage everyone to wear a helmet. If you do not have your own bicycle, you can rent a bike from Houston B-Cycle. The closest B-Cycle station is in Stude Park.


Reservations required.

January 2018 Reservations
March 2018 Reservations

Bicycles and helmets are not included with registration.

 

$10
General Admission

$5
AIA Houston Members
Architecture students with current ID


Tour will meet at the Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library, 1302 Heights Boulevard. If you drive, we ask that you park on the street and not the library parking lot, it is reserved for library patrons.

 

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Jan
25
Thu
2018
Hard Hat Tour of Texas Children’s Hospital Legacy Tower @ Texas Children's Hospital Legacy Tower
Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Hosted by Rice Design Alliance Board Members Jill Pearsall, Assistant Vice President of Texas Children’s Hospital, and Saied Alavi, Vice President Operations of Marek Brothers Systems, join the Rice Design Alliance for a hard hat tour of the Texas Children’s Hospital Legacy Tower. Participants will have the unique experience to tour a soon-to-be opened hospital with the management, construction, and design team that made this landmark project happen. The Legacy Tower is a 19-story vertical expansion to an existing 6-story base building. Construction started in November of 2015 and the tower is projected to be completely occupied by September 2018. The Legacy Tower will house 126 beds for pediatric and cardiovascular intensive care, 6 new operating rooms with the latest technology to complement the hospital’s existing 19 ORs, and will be the new home of Texas Children’s Heart Center, including the outpatient clinic, 4 cardiovascular ORs, 4 catheterization labs and 42 acute care beds. This vertical expansion will help reinvest in the programs needed to provide the highest level of care to the most critically ill patients. RDA corporate members FKP, Walter P. Moore, WS Bellows, Humphrey and Marek are among the project team for the Legacy Tower.

Purchase ticket here

Tickets available at $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members. The tour is open to anyone 18 years and up. Hard hats will be provided to participants. Please note that closed toed shoes and long pants are required. This is an active construction site tour.

Jan
27
Sat
2018
2018 Spring Charrette: Design Charrette @ Rice University
Jan 27 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region.

Can design ingenuity create a new archetype that promotes aspirations for Houston?

This year rdAGENTS are joining forces with AIA young professionals to host a design charrette to challenge teams to reimagine the site of the Meat Packing Building (noted below) along Commerce street. The site of the building serves as both a physical and conceptual nexus for urban design issues in Houston. Located within both the floodplain and floodway, the site raises questions about building in these highly sensitive locations post-Harvey. Set along Buffalo Bayou’s iconic trail system with an imminent new connection to the MKT Trail to the north, the site serves as a threshold between downtown and the Bayou Greenways system and creates opportunities for access and connectivity. Along Commerce Street, the building site has potentials for reconciling history with forward-thinking design solutions integrating multi-modal travel options/ Teams will be asked to propose ideas that would answer two questions. Could a new building proposal mediate the desire to build along a downtown waterfront to promote urban revitalization yet meet the strict criteria for floodway construction? Or should the site be transformed to greenspace to connect the street level to bayou level?

Here’s the rundown: In collaboration this year with the Downtown Management District, and Buffalo Bayou Partnership the charrette will be held all day at Rice University on Saturday, January 27. You’ll want to bring your own computers and printers, as always. Multidisciplinary teams of 2-6 people are encouraged.

A cash prize will be awarded to the winning team as well as an honorable mention.


Key Dates

January 19, 2018  – Competition Registration Deadline

January 20, 2018 at 9:30am – Site Visit from 1019 Commerce Street

January 27, 2018 – 8:30am to 5pm Design Charrette

January 29, 2018 at 4pm to 6pm – Presentation to jury,

6pm to 8pm, Reception and Award

 

 

Read more about Rice Design Alliance’s 2018 Spring Charrette.

AIA’s Museum District Walking Tour @ MFAH Cullen Sculpture Garden
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am

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The Houston Museum District is one of the few areas in the country with such a dense population of museums, public art, contemporary architecture, and landscape design. On this 2-hour walking tour, you will experience the quintessential Modernism of Mies van der Rohe, the structuralist viewpoint of Gunnar Birkerts, the simplicity and craft of Isamu Noguchi, and the first free-standing American structure designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. Come explore these and other world-class examples of design with ArCH tour guides and trace the chronology of significant cultural shifts from the early twentieth century through today.


Reservations recommended.

January 2018 Reservations
April 2018 Reservations

$10
General Admission

$5
AIA Houston Members
Architecture students with current ID


Meets by the entrance to the Cullen Sculpture Garden on Bissonnet Street (across from Cullen Hall). Street, garage and lot parking available.

 

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Feb
3
Sat
2018
AIA’s Texas Medical Center Walking Tour @ John P McGovern Commons Building
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am

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The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world. Equivalent to the 12th largest business district in the United States, TMC has over 33.8 million square feet of patient care, education, and research space. 160,000+ individuals visit the Texas Medical Center each day with more than 6 million patients treated annually. The 1000+ acres is approximately the size of Chicago inside the “Loop” with over 160 buildings on the main campus alone. Join our ArCH docents on this introductory architectural tour of Houston’s own modern marvel of medicine. Sites on our tour will include Baylor College of Medicine, the new Texas Children’s Hospital Maternity Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Methodist Research Center, and a short ride on Houston’s Metro Rail.


Reservations recommended.

$10
General Admission

$5
AIA Houston Members
Architecture students with current ID


Meet in the ground floor lobby of the John P McGovern Commons Building, 6550 Bertner Ave, 77030. Texas Medical Center Entrance 4. $10 parking available in the TMC Commons parking garage.

 

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Feb
8
Thu
2018
Healthcare Seminar Exhibit & Social (SES) 2018 @ The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center
Feb 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm

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Health Symposium Exhibition & Social (SES) annually provides an opportunity for education and networking to members of the architectural and healthcare communities. The event includes happy hour, a seminar, and a panel discussion focusing on a new era of growth and innovation in the healthcare industry.


2018 Keynote Speaker

Paul D., Biddinger, MD

Chief, Division of Emergency Preparedness
Director, MGH Center for Disaster Medicine

Register Here!

PRICING

  • Interns – $20.00
  • AIA Member – $40.00
  • Non Member – $80.00

Continuing Education Credits

  • 1.5 HSW Learning Units (SES)
  • All AIA Members will be reported
  • All Non Members will receive certificates

 

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Feb
10
Sat
2018
AIA’s Montrose Walking Tour @ Menil Collection Bookstore
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am

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Montrose is one of the most diverse and interesting neighborhoods in Houston with some of the city’s best architecture including spectacular mansions, charming bungalows, the campus of the University of St. Thomas, Rothko Chapel, and the Menil Collection. ArCH tour guides will present an overview of the architectural and social history of the area and offer guests a look inside of the Fondren Mansion (now La Colombe d’Or), Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Chapel of St. Basil, Rothko Chapel, Cy Twombly Gallery, and the Menil Collection. On this 2-hour walking tour you will get a flavor of this special district and be encouraged to widen your path after the tour is over.


Reservations recommended.

December 2017 Reservations
February 2018 Reservations

$10
General Admission

$5
AIA Houston Members
Architecture students with current ID


Meets outside the Menil Collection Bookstore across from Bistro Menil, 1520 Sul Ross, 77006. Street and lot parking available.

 

For more events by the American Institute of Architects, visit their Events Calendar!