The Pliable series features three internationally renowned practitioners who advocate for the immediacy of material investigations and fabrication in architecture, whether low-tech or high-tech, analog or digital. Through their research and design, all three offer up nimble responses to unforeseen material and fabrication challenges and opportunities. On the surface, these three designers are linked by their innovative work with textiles. Upon closer examination, they are reshaping contemporary practice in compelling, provocative ways through material-based research and with repercussions for all design fields.
Rice Architecture and Rice Design Alliance presents Pliable, the Fall 2017 Lecture Series. Curated by Dawn Finley, Associate Professor at Rice Architecture.
Wednesday, October 4
Principal, Jenny Sabin Studio
Associate Professor, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Reception Sponsors: McCoy – Rockford, Inc.
Wednesday, October 11
Founder, Fashion Designer, YEOHLEE
Parsons The New School
New York, New York
Reception Sponsor: Leslie Elkins Architecture
Wednesday, October 25
Sheila Kennedy, FAIA
Principal: Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.
Professor of Architecture, MIT
Reception Sponsor: The Woodlands Development Company and Luceco
$20 – RDA members
$15 – Seniors 65 years and older
$10 – Students with ID
$35 – Others
Single Tickets (as available, sold 30 minutes before the lecture): $10
For additional information, please call 713-348-4876. Find RDA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @RDAHouston.
No guaranteed seating for ticket holders after 7 p.m. Tickets are non-refundable.
All lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in Match Box 4 at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH) at 3400 Main Street. Pre-lecture reception begins at 6:15 p.m. at the MATCH breezeway. MATCH is located at the Ensemble/HCC stop on the METRORail Red Line. Alternatively, parking is available in the new Mid Main garage directly across Holman from MATCH. The garage can be entered from Holman or Travis. Parking is $4 per hour with a maximum rate of $7.50 per evening. Street parking is also available and is free after 6 p.m.
Linda Sylvan will be honored with RDA’s 45th anniversary year with the Award for Design Excellence at the 31st RDA Gala LAUNCH on November 11, 2017. LAUNCHrepresents the years of creativity, determination, and hard work that Linda has put into the Rice Design Alliance, growing it from a small program to a nationally recognized organization. While she will tell you that all of the credit belongs to the RDA board, RDA and RSA staff and faculty, volunteers, and members over the past 29 years, we know that much of the credit goes to Linda. We look forward to celebrating with the entire Rice Design Alliance community – architects, builders, engineers, designers, academics, urban planners, writers, artists, government officials, attorneys, accountants, geologists, and everyone else – as we party at LAUNCH!
The Rice Design Alliance marks its 45th anniversary this year as a premier program within Rice Architecture that gives, students, faculty, design professionals and community advocates a launching pad to make a real difference in Houston. The RDA Board of Directors will proudly honor retiring Executive Director, Linda Sylvan and celebrate her three decades shaping Cite, the RDA, and influencing Houston. LAUNCH, RDA’s 31st gala, will take place Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Hilton Americas Houston. The Rice Design Alliance provides community engagement for Rice Architecture and Rice University, offering lectures, tours, educational events, and publications that promote a vigorous discussion about the built environment in Houston. Gala proceeds provide operating support for RDA’s programs and publications.
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