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Rice University


Houston, TX

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Architecture; Master of Architecture


The RSA’s Totalization Studios are a result of discussions that we have been having in the School about these very issues. Our aim is give you the means to see and act synthetically. To quote the collective agenda for these four options studios: “these studios ask students to rigorously weigh all aspects of building design and then bias their engagement of these various aspects in order to articulate each student’s architectural project.” We want RSA students to learn how to be discriminate beings – to learn how to judge what’s best and to recognize what’s only second rate. Each studio focuses on a specific part of architectural practice, but the collective all-options conversation keeps all of these forms of practice visible.

The RSA is a think tank: a container for possibilities. Faced with global economic, political, and environmental crises, we can’t afford to be passive. An architect’s engagement with the world requires a precise understanding of context (historical, political, economic, and physical) mixed with architectural speculations that define a better future. Every project in the school, whether in studio, lecture courses, or seminars, should project forward. And every project should unabashedly revel in its disciplinary (architectural) possibilities.


Rice is a community of curious thinkers, passionate dreamers and energetic doers who believe that improving the world demands more than bold thought and brave action. It takes unconventional wisdom.

At Rice’s founding more than 100 years ago, no one could foresee the amazing discoveries to come, like Buckyballs, nanotechnology and artificial hearts. For the past century, Rice faculty and graduates have been honored with Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Academy Awards, National Medals of Science and more. While it’s impossible to know what will be discovered during Rice’s next 100 years, one thing is certain—the unconventional wisdom that is Rice assures that amazing things will happen.