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Rare books currently on display


The Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Collection boasts several recent acquisitions, which are currently on display in the Architecture & Art Library.  These include a number of architectural retail pamphlets, produced from 1880-1938, as well as recent works on Donald Judd and Austin’s built environment.  These new acquisitions will remain on view through the start of the Fall Semester.

Stayton and Ila Nunn interview now online


The latest interview in the Building Houston collection of oral histories is actually the earliest.    In 1980 AIA Houston Executive Director Robert Rick interviewed architect Stayton Nunn and his wife Ila, who studied architecture at the Rice Institute sometime between 1918-1921 but was unable to complete her degree because women were not allowed on campus after 5 pm.  Mr. Nunn taught architecture at Rice from 1928-1945.  He worked for William Ward Watkin before starting his own practice, which he discusses in the interview.  You can link directly to their oral history here.  Building Houston is part of an ongoing joint project between the AIA Houston and the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library.