goodbye rice u. building institute
In case you missed the news late in 2010, the Rice University Building Institute has closed its doors after more than 5 years. In that time, the Rice Building Insitute (RBI) encouraged members of the AEC industry focused on the design and construction of healthcare facilities—as well as the broader built environment—to engage in interdisciplinary research, publishing, innovation, and exchange through a variety of programs and events. Unfortunately, as the RBI's mission grew in complexity, so too did its financial needs. According to a letter by Jim Coleman, provost in Rice University's Office of Research, the university struggled to maintain the institute's financial viability as its need for management and support staff increased. The decision to close the institute was made collaboratively among its own executive committee, the university, and the deans of Architecture, Engineering, and Business.
All is not entirely lost, however. According to Coleman, all the materials from the Institute's 2010 Fellows Program have been archived on the university's Office of Research website and public access will be granted through June 2011. Visit www.ricebuildinginstitute.org.