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November 16, 2011

Professor Neyran Turan and Wortham Fellow Neeraj Bhatia were recent recipients of two separate Graham Foundation Grants. Turan was the founding editor-in-chief of the Harvard-based journal, New Geographies, which was awarded its second grant from the Graham Foundation for its upcoming issues next year. Bhatia’s grant was awarded for the project, Housing in the Arctic Petropolis of Tomorrow, which, “seeks to catalogue the landscape, cultural, material, and construction systems of the indigenous Inuit housing types, and the modern prefabrication construction techniques and materials employed in the Arctic, to forecast new housing typologies that will provide sustainable shelter to the emerging Arctic petropolis.” 

Dean Sarah Whiting, whose essay Speculating Beyond Iconicity: Bertrand Goldberg’s Urban Project appears in the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition catalog, Architecture of Invention, lectured on Goldberg’s work in a symposium at the Art Institute on October 29 and will be giving a solo lecture on Goldberg at the Chicago Arts Club on January 11. 

The work of Nonya Grenader, Professor in the Practice of Architecture and Associate Director of the Rice Building Workshop, was featured on November 9 in the New York Times article, For the Director of the Menil Collection, an Unadorned Home. 

On October 24, Professor Albert Pope lectured at the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. Professor Pope showed two recent projects: his design for the Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center Competition (a collaboration with Schaum/Sheih), and his redevelopment project for the Fifth Ward of Houston funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The intent of the presentation was to propose a unified design logic capable of spanning from the architectural scale of 10 blocks to the urban scale of 1000 blocks. 

Wortham Assitant Professor Reto Geiser lectured at the University of Toronto, Canada on November 7 at a conference held on the occasion of Marshall McLuhan’s 100th birthday: McLuhan100 Then/Now/Next International Conference & DEW Line Festival. His plenary talk was titled From the Faculty of Inter-Relation to the Explorations Group: Exchanges Between Sigfried Giedion and Marshall McLuhan. Additionally, Geiser’s essay, In the Realm of Architecture, Some Notes on Ai Weiwei’s Spatial Tempations appears in the exhibition catalog, Ai Weiwei: Art / Architecture.

John J. Casbarian, Director of External Programs and Harry K. & Albert K. Smith Professor was invited to participate on the panel Changing Academic Economies at the annual ACSA Administrators Conference, which was held on November 11 in Los Angeles. 

Professor Carlos Jiménez lectured in conjunction with the exhibition, Breaking Borders: New Latin American Architecture, a joint effort of Latin Pratt and the Pratt Institute of Architecture. The exhibition highlights contemporary architecture of the past 10 years from 45 firms representing more than 10 countries in Latin America. Jiménez also served as the juror for two distinguished competitions: Houston’s internationally acclaimed touring program of short-form media, Independent Exposure 2011: Visual Architecture (Oct. 10-11), and the Open Competition for Fundecor Headquarters, Puerto Viejo, in San Jose, Costa Rica (Oct. 20-22). Additionally, Jiménez lectured at the Third International Congress of Architecture and the Environment at UNAM, Mexico City (Oct. 18), and delivered In-sights on Color and Architecture at the Rice Gallery (Oct. 25).

Stephen Fox, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, led a day-long tour of domestic architecture in the border city of Brownsville, Texas, on September 22 in conjunction with the Building Communities Conference, sponsored annually by the Lower Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Additionally, on October 15, Fox was the first recipient of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America Texas Chapter's Board of Directors Award as part of the John Staub Awards Celebration.

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