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Wednesday, February 10
Rice Architecture Lecture: Elizabeth Timme and Chaz Kern

About the Event

Elizabeth Timme, co-executive director, LA-Màs, and Chaz Kern, program manager, design lead, LA-Màs, present the 10th annual Llewelyn-Davies Sahni Innovative Practice lecture “I Heard You Build Benches” on Wednesday, February 10 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom as part of the Spring 2021 Lecture Series.

How do projects embed design without centering it as the central value in community-serving projects (i.e., building beyond the bench?). LA Más is a non-profit that designs and builds resident-led neighborhood-scale forms of community development with a focus of working in Northeast LA. Hear about how they make affordable housing projects that don’t look affordable, storefront redesigns that aren’t superficial, and what it takes to do small, yet impactful projects.  

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.

This lecture series is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Llewelyn-Davies Sahni Fund for the Rice School of Architecture.

All spring 2021 lectures are eligible for one AIA/CES Learning Unit. Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs.

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