Past Event
Wednesday, September 7
5:30pm - 6:30pm

About the Event


Emiliano López and Mónica Rivera, co-founders of Arquitectos firm based in Barcelona, Spain will present their lecture “On Thresholds” on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. as the launch of the 2022 - 2023 Rice Architecture annual lecture series, Engaging Pluralism. This lecture will be held in person in Farish Gallery, MD Anderson Hall. To livestream the event on YouTube, click here. If you’d like to receive AIA credit for this lecture, please register to attend via Zoom webinar,  register here using this link.

The lecture will feature the work of the firm emphasizing their interest in thresholds as mediating conditions for architecture to engage with social and environmental concerns. 

Rivera and López are principals and co-founders of Emiliano López Mónica Rivera Arquitectos based in Barcelona, Spain. Their practice focuses on carefully crafted works that understand architecture as a cultural endeavor that is deeply engaged with the environment. Their work encompasses multiple scales and has received numerous international awards. Their work has been published in El Croquis, Detail, Casabella, A+U Japan, Domus, Quaderns, Arquitectura Viva, Dwell, and The Architectural Review among others. A monograph featuring their work, Domestic Thresholds, was published by Quart Verlag.

They combine practice with teaching. Emiliano is Senior Lecturer and Mónica is Professor and Chair of Graduate Architecture in the College and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design in the Sam Fox of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.




Rice Architecture
2022–2023 Lecture Series
Engaging Pluralism
Fall Edition

When ideologies and cultures collide, new ways of working with and living in the world emerge. As a form of political philosophy, pluralism draws upon this dynamic condition, promoting the coexistence of multiple approaches and worldviews. Yet in the context of compounding crises and unchecked inequality, this is far from a neutral position: it becomes a commitment to struggle and discourse. Drawing from a broad-ranging group of speakers, Rice Architecture’s annual lecture series, Engaging Pluralism, explores how architects and designers can work with friction, contradiction, and multiplicity to effect broader social, cultural, and environmental change. It is an all-school platform for reflecting on the possibilities and challenges of designing for a pluralistic society.


Directions & Parking


Anderson Hall
Farish Gallery, Rice Architecture