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Register for Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Award + Lecture 2019: DUST Architects



DUST: Origins
Cade Hayes and Jesús E. Robles, Jr.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7:00 p.m.

The Museum of Fine Arts – Brown Auditorium
1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

Admission is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged to ensure seating.

Rice Design Alliance has selected DUST as the recipient of the Spotlight Award 2019.

The Spotlight Award considers architects from around the world within the first 15 years of their professional practice who have demonstrated design excellence and curiosity through their body of work.

DUST is an alliance of architects, craftspeople, artists, designers, and builders with practices rooted in the master-builder tradition: a collective of people grounded firmly in the tactile, in pursuit of the intangible.

DUST began in the late 1990s in the vast plains of the Llano Estacado in West Texas. The studio was born in Tucson, Arizona in 2007 as a collaboration between Cade Hayes and Jesús E. Robles, Jr., who define their work as both a concrete marker on the landscape, and as a frame focused on the essential, where ephemeral moments can find their place in the timeless realm of memory.

DUST Principals, Cade Hayes and Jesús E. Robles, Jr., will be delivering the Spotlight Lecture 2019 in Houston on Tuesday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m. at The Museum of Fine Arts Brown Auditorium designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Learn more about DUST here:

Parking is available the Museum of Fine Arts in the underground garage at 5101 Montrose Boulevard and above ground garage at 1144 Binz Street.


Rice Design Alliance was established within the Rice School of Architecture in 1972 to develop the school’s outreach and public programs. Its mission is to facilitate an understanding of how design influences the built and natural environment through multidisciplinary public programs and projects that empower academics, architects, engineers, design professionals, and the broader Houston community in an effort to transform our city into a better place to live and a global model for the twenty-first century. Rice Design Alliance supports and recognizes the work of exceptionally gifted architects in the early stages of their professional career through the Spotlight Award.

Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs. For each lecture, attendees will earn one Learning Unit.


The Spotlight Award was established in 2009. It carries a monetary prize and invites the selected architects to deliver the annual Spotlight Lecture in Houston.

Past Spotlight Award recipients include Antón García-Abril, Ensamble Studio (2009); Sou Foujimoto (2010); Grace La and James Dallman, LA DALLMAN (2011); Pezo von Ellrichshausen (2012); Georgeen Theodore, Interboro Partners (2013); 5468796 (2014); Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi, Oualalou+ Choi (2015); Cadaval & Solá-Morales (2016); and Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA (2017).

For more information on the Spotlight Award 2019, please contact:

Rice Design Alliance
Phone: 713.348.4876

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Event Dates:
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7pm to 8pm

If you have questions about this event, contact:
Rice Design Alliance - 713-348-4876

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