Our building, Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, was recently featured in Texas Architect, in a great synopsis of the past, present, and future of the distinctive architecture of the Rice University campus. Kraft Hall, the first building on a new formal axis of the expanding campus, sets new precedents for site planning, massing, and materials on this lush academic enclave. This building is designed to enable and promote collaboration among the two departments and four institutions housed within. An inner courtyard mixes fields of native plantings with areas for informal gatherings beneath a verdant canopy of river birch trees, transforming Rice University’s traditional formal courtyard pattern into a dynamic and productive ecological system.
“Once campus life returns in the fall — and, looking ahead, as this part of campus is developed — the building will come to life.”