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The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Dr. Nonya Grenader

Professor in Practice
Associate Director of Building Workshop
Rice University

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Nonya Grenader has co-taught the first-year design studio at the School of Architecture since 1994. She is a Professor in Practice and the Associate Director of the Rice Building Workshop. Her work with students through the Rice Building Workshop has resulted in many published projects and design awards. Over the past ten years, three hundred students have designed and built projects at various scales in the community, from exhibit venues in Houston museums to affordable housing at Project Row Houses in Houston's Third Ward. The Workshop received the 2004 NCARB Prize for the "Integration of Practice and Education" from the National Council of Registration Boards and the "Collaborative Practice Award" in 2005 from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. RBW exhibited their latest project, Ze-Row House, at the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. in 2009. Principal of her own small firm, Nonya's recent projects have received design awards from AIA/Houston and from the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. She received the "Educator Award" from the AIA/Houston in 1990, and in 2000, she was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. She was recently co-chair of the 99K House Competition sponsored by Rice Design Alliance and AIA/Houston in partnership with the city of Houston. She has served as President of the Rice Design Alliance and as editor and a contributor to RDA's publication, Cite: the Architecture and Design Review of Houston.

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