Past Event
Wednesday, September 30
Rice Architecture Noon Talk: Stephen Fox

About the Event

Stephen Fox, lecturer, Rice Architecture; lecturer, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston; and Fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas, presents the Noon Talk “Asking What It All Means” at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom as part of the Rice Architecture Fall 2020 Lecture Series.

Fox will raise questions about how architecture intersects with race, class, and other forms of social, cultural, and political difference. He will draw on his experience as an architectural historian focusing on local and regional histories to ask how these intersections shape the landscapes in which we live and work.

Stephen Fox is an architectural historian, fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas, and lecturer at Rice University and the University of Houston. He is the author of the Houston Architectural Guide and co-editor with Barrie Bradley and Michelangelo Sabatino of Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone. He contributed chapters to the books John S. Chase: The Chase Residence (with David Heymann), Avant Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Preservation in New Harmony (edited by Ben Nicholson and Michelangelo Sabatino); Victor Lundy Artist Architect (edited by Donna Kacmar), and The Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast (edited by Gerald Moorhead).

Rice Architecture Fall 2020 Lectures are part of an initiative to acknowledge, understand, and act on systemic racism in the built environment. Invited designers, scholars, and activists will speak on the relationship between race, architecture, and, by extension, related questions of social equity, environmental justice, and gender parity. The aim of the lecture series is to foreground these issues in the school’s curriculum while more broadly fostering solidarity and action in architecture.

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 and the William B. Coleman, Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture.

Rice Design Alliance’s Civic Forum is made possible through the generous support of the Humanities Research Center with additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts. For RDA’s Houston Design Research Grant lunchtime lectures by awardees De Peter Yi (Faculty winner); Anna Fritz, Shree Kale, and Edward Liew (Student winners); and Sebastián López and Lene Sollie (Honorable Mention), please visit The Houston Design Research Grant lunchtime lectures are made possible through the generous support of The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation.

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