Past Event
Monday, February 15
EVENT POSTPONED: Rice Architecture Faculty Talk: Blanking with Troy Schaum

About the Event


With power outages, rolling blackouts, and classes cancelled, Troy Schaum’s Faculty Talk “Blanking” scheduled for Monday, February 15 has been postponed. A new date has not been determined.

Troy Schaum, associate professor, Rice Architecture, and partner, SCHAUM/SHIEH, presents the Faculty Talk “Blanking” on Monday, February 15 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom as part of the Rice Architecture Spring 2021 Lecture Series.

Blanking – a term from metal fabrication, like blank keys, or a shape that can be adapted and altered for a range of specific uses. Blanking is an experiment in the formation of ideas: by actualizing the potential in one work to speak with another, this talk reaches aspiringly to form ideas that are possible, but not necessarily self-evident.

Troy Schaum is an associate professor at the Rice School of Architecture where is the director of the Totalization Program. He is also a partner in SCHAUM/SHIEH, where his design and research interests focus on new possibilities for form, representation, and politics in the post-megalopolitan city.

SCHAUM/SHIEH, Troy Schaum’s practice, has a particular interest in the city at the scale of the building, both as a site of theoretical experimentation and as a reality that may be transformed through building. This work unfolds at a range of scales, with completed projects in Marfa, New York, Houston, and Virginia. SCHAUM/SHIEH was a finalist in the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, named one of the 2016 New Practices New York by the AIA, and awarded as one of the Architectural League’s 2019 Emerging Voices. Schaum’s built work has received several AIA design awards. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, MoMA, Art Prize in Grand Rapids, the Storefront For Art and Architecture, Harvard GSD, Yale SOA, University of New Mexico, and the Center For Architecture in New York and published in many journals including: Architect’s Newspaper, TexasArchitect, Dezeen, Domus, Architect and Architectural Record.

The Rice Architecture Spring 2021 Lecture Series, “New Proximities,” is a collective reckoning of health as a social, political, and fundamentally spatial condition. The global pandemic has not only produced profound shifts in the built environment, but also revealed latent precarities embedded in forms of governance, labor, domesticity, and ecology. This lecture series asks: How does COVID-19 and its compounding crises render visible the uneven geographies in which we operate? How might we reformat existing systems beyond the confining world of pandemic space? Expanding scales and spaces of architectural agency, we will hear from critical voices in design, history, and theory to imagine new futures of care and proximity.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Please be sure to register online for each lecture to receive the link to join. For more information on all lectures and to register to attend, visit and

This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund, the Wm. W. Caudill Lecture Series for Students in Architecture, and the William B. Coleman, Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture.

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