The construction of the East Servery at Rice University is the most recent part of the implementation of our South Campus Master Plan, which includes works at four residential colleges on the University's historic campus. The shared Servery replaces two outdated and inefficient facilities at the convergence of three existing Colleges: Will Rice and Lovett Colleges at present, and Sid Richardson College in the future.

The servery was designed as a large transparent volume that emphasises connection and dialogue with the surrounding colleges and the Oak Grove. It incorporates three-dimensional steel trusses supported on slender circular columns, surrounded by a solid maple interior. Glazed facades are screened by horizontal aluminium louvres, and the building is topped by a shallow pitched and weathered zinc roof which helps relate its modern form back to the surrounding historic campus.

We worked with Virginia based firm Hanbury, who were the Executive Architects on this project.


  • Location Houston, Texas, USA
  • Value £6.9 million
  • Size 2,370 m²
  • Client Rice University
  • Year 2011

Project team

Selected Awards

  • AIA Virginia: Honor Award