Architecture Center Houston (ArCH)
a collaboration of AIA Houston and the Architecture Center Houston Foundation
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P.O. Box 66696
Houston, TX 77266
Architecture Center Houston is finally complete (mostly) at our new 902 Commerce St. location. We still have some AV issues to address and a few other minor things we’re working on, but we’re excited to show off the space in a responsible way. We hosted Mayor Turner in mid-December as visitor #1. If you would like to see the new center and check out the terrific 2020 Visions Exhibition, make an appointment for a date and time by emailing Debby. We are following county COVID protocols. In order to protect you and our staff, the following will be asked of you:
- Appointments are mandatory. No walk-ins allowed.
- Masks and social distancing are required at all times.
- Groups are limited to 4 people or fewer.
- Please do not come if you’ve traveled by air or internationally within the last 14 days.
- Please do not come if you’ve experienced any unhealthy symptoms.
Architecture Center Houston (ArCH) cultivates public appreciation for architecture and its effect on the human experience through design-focused programming. ArCH offers architectural tours, K-12 educational programs, community events, lectures, a film program & festival, and exhibitions. The programs address a wide range of audiences and celebrate Houston’s rich architectural and cultural heritage. Each year, ArCH programs benefit over 4,500 individuals and continue to grow in size, diversity and reach.
ArCH shares a home with the Houston’s Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Houston) whose members volunteer their time and expertise to produce the public programs that allow ArCH to serve as the destination for experiencing and understanding architecture and design in Greater Houston. The transformative work of ArCH is also possible due to prolific collaborations with more than 40 local schools, more than 100 industry allies, the city’s historic preservation community, city and county government, local nonprofits, and the Houston’s media outlets.
Later this year, ArCH will open its new offices at 902 Commerce, located just a block away from Allen’s Landing, the site of Houston’s founding. The new space will occupy the ground floor of the 1906 B.A. Riesner building in the historic Market Square district in Downtown Houston. During Hurricane Harvey, the new offices flooded with four feet of water and had to be entirely rebuilt. Thanks to the generosity of AIA members, industry allies, charitable foundations and individual donors, ArCH was able to raise funds for the rebuild and begin construction. To protect the building from the future flooding events, a cutting-edge flood mitigation system was designed. In its new home, ArCH will serve as demonstration space for architectural resiliency and sustainability.
ArCH was established in 2006 as a public-facing component of Houston Architecture Foundation to offer public programs in pursuit of the organizational mission. Until 2017, it operated from Bayou Place II in Houston’s Theater District. ArCH’s original space was also used for collaborations and programs by local nonprofits, including Rice Design Alliance, Preservation Houston, METRO, Houston Chapter of the Association of General Contractors, Rice University, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, FotoFest, City of Houston and Houston MOD.
Architecture Center Houston (ArCH) cultivates public appreciation for architecture and its effect on the human experience through design-focused programming.
Architecture Center serves as Houston’s destination for experiencing and understanding architecture and design.
ArCH rentals will resume once the Center is reopened to full operation. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.