With hope on the horizon, spring 2021 kicks off another semester of online learning and minimal face-to-face instruction as the global community faces the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design welcomes a diverse group of adjunct faculty coming from all over the world, bringing diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
AMNA ANSARI, AIA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Architecture and Urbanism
University of Houston, Bachelor of Architecture
Amna Ansari is at best in large-scale urban design challenges. Through design and strategy, she develops fields of natural and built systems aligning infrastructure, urbanism, landscape, and technologies towards a common future. Her recent talks - 'Eco-Altitude', 'Covert Landscapes' and 'Flight, Flows and New Fields' anticipated overlaps of public space with technology. You can find her published content in ULI Urban Land Magazine ‘Designing for the Driverless Age’ and ‘Imagining the Driverless City’, as well as featured in “Fast Company - Co.Exist Futurist Forum”. She has been an invited speaker with Boston Society of Architects as a panelist for ‘Smart Cities’, and as a speaker on the future of commercial space flight among a select number of leaders in NASA and Houston Area Aviation. As an alumnus of MIT, she takes a research approach towards solving a problem and disrupting the status quo. Above all, her goal is to bring that knowledge into the projects and people she works around.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master of Architecture
University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelor of Environmental Design
Galo Canizares is a designer, writer, and educator. His work blends absurdity, genre fiction, world-making, simulation, and parafiction to address issues in technology and the built environment. He is the recipient of the 2016-17 Howard E. LeFevre ’29 Emerging Practitioner Fellowship, and in 2018 was awarded the Christos Yessios Visiting Professorship at The Ohio State University. His writings have been published in various journals and he is the author of Digital Fabrications: Designer Stories for a Software-Based Planet, a collection of essays on software and design published by Applied Research & Design. His collaborative architectural practice, office ca, won the 2018 Ragdale Ring competition.
STEPHANIE SANG DELGADO
Ohio State University, Master of Architecture
Ithaca College, Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies
Stephanie Sang Delgado is an architect and educator. She is the co-director of office ca, an experimental practice. Her research focuses on how interfaces can destabilize architecture to produce constantly evolving structures. With an emphasis on movable and indeterminate architecture, her work creates new fictions and new realities through subtle and overt manipulations of existing building components. Lately, she has been focusing on domesticity and how our routines and absurdities tend to manifest themselves in the home rather than in public spaces. While focusing on the home, she’s been interested in our rituals around food and how those affect physical space but also our conceptions of that space. She’s currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy at Boston University. Stephanie received her M.Arch from The Ohio State University where she was the Graduate Enrichment Fellow and a recipient of the Architecture Research Travel Award. She got her B.A. in Architectural Studies Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College where she was a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar. She has taught at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University, Columbus College of Art and Design and was the 2020 Visiting Teaching Fellow at the School of Architecture at Taliesin.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Architecture
Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration
Lebanese American University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Karim Fakhry is the founding principal at Domaine Public Architects, established in 2012. He developed the first design hotel in Beirut, a 400,000 sq. ft. residential tower, and a passive tropical home prototype in Tulum. His work includes the LSB Regional Headquarters in Tyre and an award-winning sustainable office building, under construction in Lagos. By rethinking the office building typologies and challenging the established building code, he counters the impact of urban sprawl in favor of human-centric and environmentally conscious urban growth.
He is currently designing single family dwellings in the Hudson Valley using a hybrid technology of volumetric modular and in-situ construction. His focus is on investigating industrialized building and off-site factory construction methods to deliver affordable, climate responsive and context specific homes in non-urban settings. His architectural works have been published and exhibited throughout the world, including the Adobe Photoshop Launch, the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, where he also served as a member of the jury.
VICTORIA GOLDSTEIN, AIA
Architectural Association in London, Master of Architecture
Universidad de Buenos Aires, FADU, Professional Degree in Architecture
In 2014, Victoria Goldstein began her practice, VG Studio, in Houston. VG studio is an experimental office ranging from park projects to 'petit residential Architecture'. Victoria has ample experience collaborating with engineers, artists, and local communities. VG Studio’s designs emerge as truly collaborative experience, tailor-made and integrating state of the art craft with digital fabrication. Selected projects include spectator and art spaces for the Downtown Jamail Skatepark in the Eleanor Tinsley Park, “Tiny House” in Houston, and Werner Center Art Gate in Los Angeles. During Victoria’s work at Arup Associates in London, she designed the façade for the Coventry University of Engineering and Computing (built 2011). These projects integrate Architecture, Engineering and Art. Previous work experience includes United Visual Artists, Zaha Hadid Architects and Arup Associates, all in London, UK.
Victoria taught Architecture thesis in the Master of Architecture program at University of Houston from 2011 to 2016. Selected crits and student reviews include, Rice University, Pratt Institute, Architectural Association (London), and Tate Outreach Program (London). She also directed four Architectural Association visiting schools in Houston (University of Houston) and Buenos Aires (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella).
DANIEL JACOBS, RA
Yale University, Masters of Architecture
Washington University in St. Louis, Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Daniel Jacobs is a licensed architect and co-founder of the research and design practice HOME-OFFICE. His work focuses on unpacking issues of labor production and material ecology in architecture and the built environment. His writing has been published in AA Files, San Rocco, and the Journal for Architectural Education, among others. He has previously taught at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and currently serves as the secretary of the National Organizing Committee of The Architecture Lobby. Previously, he practiced as an Associate at SHoP Architects in New York.
Columbia University of New York, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design
Sofia Krimizi is an architect from Greece. She has practiced in Paris, New York, and Athens and is the founder of the architectural practice ksestudio in collaboration with Kyriakos Kyriakou, a partnership equally involved in architectural practice and research. Sofia is PhD candidate at the Architectural Association in London and has taught studios and seminars at the AA, UCL Bartlett, Cornell University, Cooper Union, Upenn and Pratt. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas in Austin and Texas Tech University, where she taught advanced design studios researching on the small towns of Texas and the residential towers of New York. Both studios followed greater research topics that ksestudio has been interested in, in the last decade, such as the "Micropolitan America" and "American condominium metabolism" which received the William Kinne travel fellowship in 2010 and the NYSCA grand in 2012 respectively. Through the "Micropolitan America" studios, Sofia and Kyriakos have traveled extensively in Texas gathering information on more than 120 small towns looking for the links between the minimum urban cell, the vast rural territory and the urban metropolises. The proposed "Houston" studio will fall in the same family of courses of exploring contemporary America through the most generic, ordinary and overlooked building types and defining the role of architecture within the late capitalist society.
Columbia University GSAPP, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design
National Technical University of Athens, Architect Engineer Diploma
Kyriakos Kyriakou is an architect from Greece. He has practiced in Paris, New York, and Athens, and is the founder of the architectural practice ksestudio in collaboration with Sofia Krimizi, a partnership equally involved in architectural practice and research. Kyriakos has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas in Austin and Texas Tech University, where he taught advanced design studios researching on the small towns of Texas and the residential towers of New York. Both studios followed greater research topics that ksestudio has been interested explored in the last decade, such as the "Micropolitan America" and "American condominium metabolism" which received the William Kinne travel fellowship in 2010 and the NYSCA grand in 2012 respectively. Through the "Micropolitan America" studios, Kyriakos and Sofia have traveled extensively in Texas gathering information on more than 120 small towns looking for the links between the minimum urban cell, the vast rural territory and the urban metropolises. The proposed "Houston" studio will fall in the same family of courses of exploring contemporary America through the most generic, ordinary, and overlooked building types and defining the role of architecture within the late capitalist society.
BRANDIE LOCKETT, LEED APND
Columbia University, Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design
Tuskegee University, Bachelor of Architecture
Brandie Lockett is a multidisciplinary designer based in Houston. Her work spans across architecture and urban design, focusing on neighborhood development, experiences, and placemaking. Her on-going interest in envisioning underperforming and overlooked spaces into welcoming environments has helped re-value land and revitalize neighborhoods in beauty, sustainability, and social well-being. She has worked with Gensler-LA, Houston METRO, and currently for the City of Houston, implementing human scale bottom-up approaches to civic projects for thirteen years. In addition to studio practice, her most valued experience as an urban designer was being a Peace Corps volunteer. Her work for the masterplan of Gjirokaster, Albania, was issued and adapted for implementation by the City’s municipality in 2012. The masterplan identified safe and accessible pedestrian routes providing connectivity to City and rural transit stops. Brandie has been a part of international design forums and workshops discussing social, ecological, and infrastructural issues and solutions globally. She is currently Deputy Assistant Director and Urban Designer for the City of Houston-Houston Public Works Infrastructure, Planning and Policy Branch.
ELLIOT MARTINEZ, MS
University of Houston, Master of Science in Industrial Design
University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology
Elliott Martinez graduated with a Masters in Industrial Design from the College of Architecture and Design in 2019 and his undergraduate degree is in Mechanical Engineering Technology. During his academic time, he spent time in leadership positions in different student bodies and participated in volunteer opportunities as well as competitions. He currently works at a sports technology startup as an industrial designer, directly applying his studies in industry. Before that he worked in the oil and gas industry as a mechanical designer. Elliott’s active mission is to remove unwanted friction from any system, through design, while adding aesthetic joy by expressing excellence, integrity, inclusion, and true empathy.
Rice University, Master of Architecture
North Carolina State University, Bachelor of Architecture in Environmental Design
Heather Rowell is an architect and founder of HR Design Dept in Houston, Texas. She received a Masters of Architecture degree from Rice University in 2009, and has dedicated most of her professional time to sustainable residential and commercial design. Before founding HRDD in 2018, she was a Principal owner of award-winning Content Architecture. Heather gained extensive experience in educational facility design as a project manager for several public schools in North Carolina prior to moving to Houston. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University, and has studied in Prague and Paris.
Heather has taught architecture studios at the Rice University School of Architecture and the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. Her research interests largely focus on understanding complex physical, social, and cultural infrastructures through representation and critical mapping techniques. These explorations serve as guides to design decision making and investigative visual frameworks for increased cross-disciplinary collaboration and discourse. In 2017, Heather was elected as the first Chair of the AIA Houston Women in Architecture Committee. She is an Executive Board member of the Rice Design Alliance, and actively involved in the AIA Women in Architecture Committee, and the Rice School of Architecture Mentorship Program (RAMP).