RDA Hard Hat Tour

Rice Design Alliance (RDA) is the public programs and outreach arm of Rice Architecture. 


We are based within the school as an advocacy group that believes that multidisciplinary, research-based design can improve our cities and the way we live in them. Our educational mission as part of Rice Architecture is to curate public programs and disseminate ideas that are accessible to everybody interested in learning more about architecture, design, and urbanism regardless of any formal design training. RDA is design for all.  


RDA was established within Rice Architecture in 1972 by the school’s first dean, David Crane, together with alumni and other civic-minded community members who believed that quality design thinking should be available to all in our community. We believe that Houston’s citizens—experts and non-experts alike—should be informed and feel empowered to act and transform our city through design.


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Above Image: RDA Hard Hat Tour of Rice University’s Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, designed by Rogers Partners, 2019. The tour was led by Rob Rogers (B.Arch. ’83), principal and owner of Rogers Partners.