The expansion of Rice University’s two existing residential colleges, Brown and Jones, was inspired by Ralph Adam Cram and Bertram Goodhue’s 1913 axially designed main campus and the extensive patterning of limestone and brickwork found throughout campus. The university required that the colleges’ designs enhance and maintain their own individual identities as separate residential colleges.
“It is a community, a home, and an environment where people can feel comfortable being themselves.”— Matthew Stearns, The Rice Standard
As a result, we utilized varied play with brickwork, exterior courtyard plans and interior designs to create a distinctive character for each college while also providing a unified approach for the expanding north residential campus. The expansion included a new 25,000sf shared kitchen servery for the existing colleges, new to Rice university which had traditionally provided a separate kitchen for each college. Brown gained a new dining commons, inspired by the live oaks prominent around campus, two classrooms and a library. In addition, the expansion included 44 new beds for Jones and 56 beds for Brown.
Owner: Rice University
Location: Houston, TX
Project Size: 30,000SF Addition
Residential Capacity: 103 new beds
Delivery Method: Construction Manager
*While working for Michael Graves & Associates with PGAL