Rice Architecture welcomes new faculty
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Rice Architecture is pleased to welcome four new professors this spring: Amna Ansari, guest critic; Curtis Davis (BA’75), lecturer; Yenha, guest spokesperson for Smith; and Ann Him, Cullinan Visiting Professor.
“We are thrilled to welcome such an outstanding group of new faculty members to our school,” said Igor Marjanović, Dean William Ward Watkin of Rice Architecture. “They bring a wide range of experiences and perspectives to our community, bridging the local and the global in the most powerful way. »
Amna Ansari is a founding partner of UltraBarrio Associates, an urban design and architecture practice whose central goal is to shape cities to be more civic, sustainable and generationally connected through design. Ansari’s intentional multidisciplinary journey aligns architecture, urbanism, landscape and technologies towards socially dynamic, equitable and sustainable spaces. His recent lectures – “Eco-Altitude”, “Covert Landscapes”, and “Flight, Flows, and New Fields” – anticipate the overlaps of public space with technology. Ansari participated in the Aerial Futures think tank, “The Next Frontier”. as a speaker and panelist speculating on the future of commercial spaceflight and its urban impacts, among a select number of executives from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Houston Area Aviation.
Curtis Davis is an architect and urban planner specializing in regional planning, urban design, real estate development, community development and capital program management. He is the founding director of ReBuildit Collaborative, an urban building consulting service, and was a project manager for the Emancipation Community Development Partnership, a strategic collaboration in Houston’s Third Ward between Project Row Houses, the Kinder Foundation, Houston Endowment and Economic Emancipation Development Council. Davis is an adjunct faculty member at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Building Technology and Design at Houston Community College and previously taught at the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University and Boston Architectural College. As project director, he oversaw the planning, facility programming, and designer selection phases of the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Davis holds a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a bachelor of arts in architecture from Rice University.
Yenha is an architect, artist and writer. Born in Saigon, she lives in New York, where she co-founded the architecture firm Front studio. Ha holds a degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and a graduate degree from the School of Architecture in Paris. Fluent in French and Vietnamese, she is a licensed architect whose work has been exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture, IFA Gallery in Berlin, The Building Center in London and the Canadian Center for Architecture and featured in The New York Times and Interior design. Previously a guest critic at Washington University in St Louis, MO, Ha currently chairs the board of directors of play:groundNYC, a New York-based nonprofit that seeks to transform the city through play.
Ann Him is one of the main founders of Future Cabinet, a Chicago-based architecture and design research firm. She is an assistant professor of practice at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Future Firm designs spaces for changemakers, including residential, commercial and cultural buildings. Future Firm received the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize in 2021 and exhibited at the Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Storefront for Art & Architecture, and the Chicago Architecture Center. The practice was published in Wallpaper*, fast business, and The architect’s journal. Lui’s work explores the intersections of professional practice, community and the built environment.
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