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Advanced Topics Thesis
Rice Architecture
Spring 2021
This senior thesis studio looks to contest, diversify, hybridize, and rethink existing norms, biases, and conventions in architectural typologies and urban systems. In the Fall seminar, students select a typology of interest to research and draw, from the general to the specific. Typology, writ large, can be an ordering system, building program, or architectural element.

What does a typology afford, delimit, or exclude? What alternate types and new narratives might be imagined? Holding typology, equity, and infrastructure together, and drawing from an initial pool of research and readings, students developed new hybrid typologies for an independently selected site in Houston, Texas.

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Sophomore Studio
Rice Architecture
Fall 2021
In FULL HOUSE!, students proposed renovations for Talento Bilingüe de Houston (TBH), a community theater in Houston’s Second Ward run by local non-profit Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA). Instead of demolishing and designing a new theater building, the studio chose to engage with MECA’s existing infrastructure and programs. The work investigates how incremental interventions can offer spatial flexibility for a growing local organization and its arts education programs.

The final studio drawings and models were exhibited at Talento Bilingüe de Houston from November 20-December 10, 2020.

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Advanced Topics Thesis
Rice Architecture
Spring 2020
This senior studio is an architectural/infrastructural investigation of various off-site forms of storage, and their attendant medial, material, sociopolitical and ecological dimensions. How does something so banal as “storage” organize information, the city, and contemporary life? Who gets access, and who doesn’t? What typologies and programmatic frictions are implicated, and what falls in the gap between designed institutions and their hidden, undesigned counterparts? Instead of entering through the front door of classic institutions such as the Library or Archive, we’ve attempted to rethink contemporary publics from the city’s back-of-house.

Students have expanded the definition of data / information / storage for themselves, looking critically (and beyond “the digital”) into the storage of data, plants, dead bodies, solar energy, national mail, high art, incarceration systems, community wi-fi, shipping port work, museum specimens... Each thesis asks what it means to “turn a normative storage condition inside out”. We traveled to New York City in February, 2020, where all eleven student projects are located. With diverse interventions at multiple scales, projects seek to open up new spaces of appearance and collectivity, and to redesign conditions for connection and agency in an increasingly default, closed world.

Student Work in Progress
2019 — present
Roving instagram feed of student work from past studios and seminars. @studentworksinprogress_ng

Live-editing & studio collectivity in remote times
Given the predominance of screen-based, single-voice interactions since the pandemic, I have taken up the pedagogical task of making online communication more inclusive and engaging of discussions between the lines of coursework.

In my seminar and studios I have been testing simple combination Zoom and live co-editing in custom-template Google Slides, which very simply takes the pressure off speaking to a sea-of-Zoom-faces and offers a third dimension of visual listening. This lets remote students develop group culture outside of class, and leaves a “digital trace” of discussions. I have also used Slides in the seminar context for students to upload visual content as conversation startes for weekly reading discussions.

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