Rice University New Weiss College

Collegiate & Higher Education


Houston, Texas


163,500 sf

Project Features
  • 230 bed residence hall
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen and servery
  • Study lounges
  • Classrooms

In association with design architects Machado and Silvetti Associates, Inc., Kirksey served as project architect for the New Wiess College. The first new dormitory in 25 years involved a complicated planning effort including the design of a new 230-bed residence hall and dining facility to replace the existing Wiess College, a new 13,000-sf dining hall for Hanson College, and a new 15,000-sf kitchen and servery that accommodates both colleges. In addition, this 163,500-sf facility includes study lounges, classrooms, a computer center, a recreation center, and all necessary support space.

Steve Durham, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7521
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Spearheading collegiate projects, Steve's experience spans everything from dining halls and academic buildings to athletic facilities and religious institutions. Early in his 21-year career at Kirksey, Steve initiated the Outreach Committee which offers opportunities for staff members to volunteer their time for various local communities and non-profit organizations. He also leads the firm's membership in The 1%, a program connecting non-profits to architecture firms willing to provide pro bono services.