Pre-college summer enrichment programs for high school students



Anne Eamon

Anne has taught second-year architectural design studios as an adjunct lecturer at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design of the University of Houston, in addition to a university-wide course in architecture for non-majors. She earned a B.S. from the College of Architecture in 2003. Since 2004 Anne has been a principal of M + A Architecture Studio, which which has been recognized by design awards from the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2004, 2009, and 2013, and also as the Chapter’s Firm of the Year for 2014. M + A’s houses have been featured in ArchDaily, Dwell and the Houston Chronicle and on HGTV and Houzz TV, as well as on AIA and Rice Design Alliance house tours. This is her twelfth year as co-director and principal instructor of By Design.

Zui Ng

Zui has taught in the first-year graduate architectural design studio sequence at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design since 2012 as an adjunct assistant professor and is the principal of ZDES Design Build. He earned a B.Arch. from the University of Houston (2006) and an M.Arch. from Cornell University (2008). Zui participated in the Ghost Lab Design-Build Workshop with Brian MacKay-Lyons in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2006, and later worked for Antoine Predock in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His project for a post-Katrina replacement housing prototype for New Orleans was a winning entry in a competition sponsored by Architectural Record and Tulane University in 2006 and was exhibited in the USA Pavilion at the 10th International Venice Architecture Biennale, 2006. His recently completed Shotgun Chameleon House in Houston’s Fourth Ward has been published in Architectural Record, ArchDaily, Dezeen, and the Houston Chronicle. It was recognized, before construction began, with a Texas Architect magazine Studio Award in 2014, sponsored by the Texas Society of Architects. This is his fourth year as an instructor for By Design.

John Tsai

John has taught first- and fourth-year undergraduate and third-year graduate architectural design studios as an adjunct assistant professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design since 2008. He earned a B.Arch. from Cornell University (1999), and an M.Arch. from Harvard University (2003). He has also taught at the Boston Architectural Center and in the Harvard Career Discovery Program, which is similar to By Design. His professional experience includes Frank O. Gehry and Partners, Los Angeles, and currently, his own firm, JT Arc Studio. This is his eighth year as an instructor for By Design.

Preetal Shah

Preetal has taught in the third-year graduate architectural design studio sequence at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design since 2016 and has also taught in urban design studios at Columbia University (2014-15).  He earned a B.Arch. and M.S.Arch. from the University of Houston (2009, 2013) and an M.S. in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University (2015).  His awards include a first prize in the Architectural Association, London, fabrication research cluster (2008) and the Lowenfish Memorial Prize, Columbia University (2015).  He is currently also a project manager at Gabriel Architects.  This is Preetal’s first year as an instructor for By Design.

Other faculty/presenters include:

Olga Bannova

B. Arch. (1987) Engineering Institute (MIIZ), Moscow; M. Arch. (2001) UH; Ph.D. (2016) Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg.
Associate Research Professor of Architecture, UH.

Joseph Colaco

B. Eng. (1960) Bombay University; Ph.D. (1965) University of Illinois;
Professor of Architecture, UH; principal, CBM Engineers.

Margaret Culbertson

B.A. (1973) Rice; M.S.L.S. (1974) Columbia University;
Director, Kitty King Powell Library, Bayou Bend, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Robert Fowler

B. Arch. (1989) UH; principal, ZK Building Design.

Stephen Fox

B. Arch. (1975) Rice; Adjunct Associate Professor of Architectural History, UH,
and Lecturer in Architecture, Rice University; Fellow, Anchorage Foundation of Texas.

Dietmar Froehlich

M. Arch. (1984) Technical University (Erzherzog-Johann), Graz, Austria;
Associate Professor of Architecture, UH.

Carlos Jiménez

B. Arch. (1981), UH; Professor of Architecture, Rice;
principal, Carlos Jiménez Studio; juror, Pritzker Prize in Architecture (2001-10).

Jeffrey Ryan

B. Arch. (1967) Rice; M. Arch. (1971) Harvard; principal, Jackson and Ryan.

Ronnie Self

B. Arch. (1982) University of Texas; Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (1994)
Universite de Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne; Associate Professor of Architecture, UH.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Paris, 1986-98.

Rives Taylor

FAIA, B. Arch (1984) Rice, M.S. (1988) MIT;
Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, UH; principal, Gensler.


Keith Houk

Keith is an independent filmmaker and Instructional Assistant Professor at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication of the University of Houston, where he is responsible for the basic film production curriculum and also teaches film literature and advanced film production. He earned a B.S. in radio/television/film (1992) from Texas Christian University, and an M.F.A. (2003) from UH. Keith has also taught in the School of Art at UH and is the founding director of Moving Pictures, now in its thirteenth year.

Other faculty/presenters include:

Charles Dove

B.A. (1984) University of Illinois; Ph.D. (1995) Johns Hopkins University; Professor in the Practice and Director of the Film Program, Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, Rice University.

Marian Luntz

Curator of Film, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Art History | Appreciation

Amy Kurlander

Amy received a Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University (2000) and a B.A. in art history from Vassar (1983). She has been a teaching fellow in the history of art at Harvard and an instructor in art history at Oberlin College, where she also served as a curator for the Allen Memorial Art Museum. She was guest curator at the Morgan Library, New York, for the exhibition, The Untamed Landscape: Theodore Rousseau and the Path to the Barbizon (2014), and also wrote the lead essay for its catalog. Amy’s article, “Delacroix’s Normandy Sketchbook of 1829,” appeared in Master Drawings (Winter 2009); she has also contributed catalogue essays for exhibitions on the work of Corot, whose late landscapes were the subject of her dissertation. For the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she was curator of the exhibition Texas Clay: Nineteenth Century Stoneware from the Bayou Bend Collection, and author of its catalog which was recognized as a notable art book of 2015 by The New York Times. This is her fourth year with Wonderworks.

Roja Najafi

Roja received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas (2016) and an M.A. in art history and criticism from the City University of New York (2007). She was Vivian L. Smith Foundation Fellow at The Menil Collection (2013-14) and has also served as an assistant instructor in art history at the University of Texas. Her dissertation is on the work of Jean Dubuffet.

Leo Costello

Leo is Associate Professor of Art History at Rice University, where he has also served as director of the Ph.D. program in art history. He received a Ph.D. in art history from Bryn Mawr College (2003) and was formerly a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is the author of J.M.W. Turner and the Subject of History (Ashgate, 2012) and contributed to the catalog for the retrospective exhibition, J.M.W. Turner, organized by Tate Britain (2007).


Justin Doran

Justin is a director and actor who has taught at Rice University, as lecturer and director-in-residence (Noises Off, The Drunken City), at the University of Houston, and at UCLA.  He has also been a member of the Alley Theatre Resident Company.  Justin received a B.F.A. in Theater from SMU and an M.F.A. in Acting from UCLA.  Justin is currently a member of the upper school drama faculty at The Kinkaid School, where he helped produce and direct a joint presentation of Hairspray in collaboration with the theater program at Aldine Carver High School.

Philip Hays

Philip is a teaching artist at the Alley Theatre and has served as a theatre consultant to the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. His directing credits include the southwest regional premier of Carol Churchill’s Love and Information at Main Street Theater and Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus at the Classical Theatre Company.  Philip has also acted in Henry V at Main Street Theater and served as director, adaptor, and actor in the Prague Shakespeare Company production of The Duchess of Malfi.  He received his B.A. in Theatre from the University of Houston.


Adrienne Perry

Adrienne was editor-in-chief of Gulf Coast, the University of Houston journal of literature and fine arts, from 2014-16 and is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.  She has taught in the Duke Scholars Program/WITS in Houston and as a teaching fellow at the University of Houston.  Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Creative Writing Studies, Indiana Review, Poets & Writers, and Siècle 21.  A native of Wyoming, she received a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College.  Adrienne has also worked in the admissions office of Smith College and co-taught the College Essay Workshop for Wonderworks.

Merrill Turner

Merrill is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Washington University in St. Louis and received a B.A. in English and French from Rice University (2008) and an M.A. in English from McGill University (2010). Her articles include “The Chekhovian Point of View in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse,Modern Language Quarterly, 2013, and “On Not ‘Not Knowing French’: T. S. Eliot’s Poems En Français,” Journal of Modern Literature, 2016. Her work has also appeared in the online “Shouts and Murmurs” section of The New Yorker, November 2015.

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Wonderworks Summer 2017 is made possible in part by support from:
Houston Endowment
The Elkins Foundation
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
and the Houston Architecture Center Foundation.