Anne Eamon

Anne has taught second-year architectural design studios 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 received a B.S. (2003) from the College of Architecture. 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 ArchDailyDwell, Texas Architect, and the Houston Chronicle and on HGTV and Houzz TV, as well as on AIA and Rice Design Alliance house tours. This is her fourteenth year as co-director and principal instructor of By Design.

Olga Bannova

Olga is Research Associate Professor in the Cullen College of Engineering of the University of Houston, Director of the Master of Science in Space Architecture program, and Director of the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture. She received a B. Arch (1987) from the Engineering Institute (MIIZ) Moscow, an M. Arch (2001) from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D (2016) from Chalmers University, Sweden. Her research and design work include orbital and surface habitats and settlements, inflatable structures, special design influences and requirements for different gravity conditions in space, and habitat concepts for extreme environments on Earth. She previously worked as a professional architect in Moscow on industrial, office, and healthcare projects, several of which have been built in Moscow and the Moscow and Leningrad regions. She is a co-author of Space Architecture Education for Engineers and Architects(2016), in addition to book chapters and technical publications. Her work has been featured in ScienceDaily, Lunar Enterprise Daily, The Futures channel, 10+1 Magazine, and The Houston Chronicle. This is her fourteenth year as a lecturer and instructor for By Design.

Dijana Handanovic

Dijana received a BA (2009) and a M. Arch (2015) from University of Houston. She is a principal at Studio IJA with design experience in commercial interiors, hospitality, residential ground-up projects, and renovations. Dijana is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching first year architecture at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. This is her second year with By Design.

Ane Gonzalez Lara

Ane is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of New Mexico, where she has taught since 2016; she previously taught at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design of the University of Houston.  She received a B. Arch. (2011) and M. Arch. (2013) from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, and recently completed a master class with Glenn Murcutt, Sydney, Australia (2017).  Her architectural work has been published in Texas Architect and Architecture Viva and she has also contributed to the Journal of Architectural Education.  This is her third year as an instructor in 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 and is the principal of ZDES Design Build. He received 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 10thInternational Venice Architecture Biennale, 2006. His Shotgun Chameleon House in Houston’s Fourth Ward has been published in Architectural RecordArchDailyDezeen, 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, and is currently featured in the exhibition, Making Room: Housing for a Changing America, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. This is his sixth 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 and has also taught in urban design studios at Columbia University (2014-15).  He received a B. Arch. (2009) and M.S. Arch. (2013) from the University of Houston 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 third year as an instructor for By Design.

John Tsai

John has taught first- and fourth-year undergraduate and third-year graduate architectural design studios at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. 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, which won Houston Chapter AIA Design awards for houses in 2017 and 2018 as well as an “on the boards” award for an education center project on the Katy Prairie. The firm’s work has also been published in Texas Architect.  This is his tenth year as an instructor for By Design.

Other faculty/presenters include:

Joseph Colaco

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

Stephen Fox

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

Carlos Jiménez

B. Arch. (1981), UH; Professor of Architecture, Rice; principal, Carlos Jiménez Studio; juror, Pritzker Prize in Architecture (2001-10); Design Intelligence Most Admired Educator (2013); AIA Houston “Educator of the Year” (2009).

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 received 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 fourteenth 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, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Film & Photography, Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, Rice University.

Marian Luntz

Curator of Film and Video, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Marian previously held positions with Kino International, the American Film Institute, the American Federation for the Arts, and the Southwest Alternative Media Project (SWAMP).

Art History | Appreciation

Georganne Fronimos Boardman

Georganne received an M.A. in art history from the University of Houston (2017) and a B.A. in anthropology and art history from UH (2013). She has been a curatorial intern in American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2014) and an Art History Writing Fellow at the UH School of Art (2014- 15). Her thesis focused on the Anthropometries of Yves Klein, whose work is included in The Menil Collection.

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).

Sarah Kielt Costello

Sarah is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and has been the recipient of the UHCL Piper Excellence in Teaching Award (2018), the UH Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award (2012), and the Doris Sill Carland Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Bryn Mawr College (1998). She received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Binghampton University, SUNY (2002), an M.S. in classical and Near Eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr College (1997), and a B.A. in English and fine arts from Georgetown University (1993). Sarah has published widely in the fields of archaeology and ancient and classical art, and is joint editor of Seals and Sealings in the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and also joint editor of Biographies of Objects: Selections from the Art of the Ancient World in The Menil Collection (forthcoming, 2020).

H. Rodney Nevitt, Jr.

Rodney is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Houston. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University (1992), an M.A. from Williams College (1984), and a B.A. from Rice University (1982).  His publications include Art and the Culture of Love in Seventeenth-Century Holland (in the series “Studies in Netherlandish Visual Culture,” W. Franits, ed.), Cambridge University Press 2003, and “Bridal Decorum and Dangerous Looks: Rembrandt’s Wedding Feast of Samson (1638),” in Rethinking Rembrandt, A. Chong and M. Zell, eds., Waanders 2002; “Vermeer on the Question of Love,” in The Cambridge Companion to Vermeer, W. Franits, ed., Cambridge 2001;  and “Rembrandt’s Hidden Lovers,” Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 1997 (Natuur en landschap in de Nederlandse kunst 1500-1800), vol. 48, 1998.

Leopoldine van Hogendorp Prosperetti

Leopoldine is Instructional Professor of Art History at the University of Houston. She received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University (2003) and a B.A. from the University of Utrecht (1972). Her publications include Landscape and Philosophy in the Art of Jan Brueghel (Ashgate, 2009) and “Conchas Legere: Shells as Trophies of Repose in Northern European Humanism,” Art History, vol. 29, no. 3, 2006.


Justin Doran

Justin is a director and actor who has taught at Rice University, as lecturer and director-in-residence (Noises OffThe 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 (1995) and an M.F.A. in Acting from UCLA (1998).  As a member of the drama faculty at The Kinkaid School, he co-produced and co-directed a 2016 Tommy Tune Award winning joint presentation of Hairspray with Aldine Carver Magnet High School.  Justin is currently Fine Arts Chair at St. Francis Episcopal School, where he is developing a drama program for its new Upper School.

Philip Hays

Philip is a teaching artist at the Alley Theatre and has served as a theater consultant to the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. His directing credits include premiere of Carol Churchill’s Love and Information (Southwest regional premiere at Main Street Theater, 2016), Our Town (University of Houston, 2016), and Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus (Classical Theatre Company, Houston, 2014).  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 theater from the University of Houston (2006).


Elizabeth Lyons

Beth has been an instructor in the Department of English at the University of Houston since 2017, and before that was a teaching associate (2010-15). She received a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from UH (2015), an M.A. in creative writing from Purdue (2006), and a B.A. in English from the College of Charleston (2003). Her published work includes The Blessing of Dark Water (Alice James Books, 2017) and contributions to New South, Indiana Review, and Tin House. Beth has also taught undergraduates at the Illinois Institute of Technology (2007-10) and Purdue (2003-6) and worked with gifted and talented high school students in summer programs at Northwestern (2011-12) and Johns Hopkins (2005).

Merrill Turner

Merrill is a visiting assistant professor of English at Colorado College. She received a Ph.D. in English from Washington University in St. Louis (2018), an M.A. in English from McGill University (2010), and a B.A. in English and French from Rice University (2008). 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.

Nonfiction | Journalism

Taleen Washington

Taleen is Director of Student Publications and Senior Lecturer in Communication at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where she has taught since 2001.  Her work has been published in the Houston PressBayshore PressChange, and Galveston Bay Magazine.  Students in her media production workshop publish the UHCL newspaper, The Signal, which has won state and national collegiate journalism awards, including second place for best overall digital newspaper in the 2015 Columbia [University] Scholastic Press Association Crown Awards program.  Taleen received a B.A. in communication (1999) and an M.A. in humanities (2001) from UHCL. This will be her second year teaching Stranger than Fiction.

Claire Anderson

Claire is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Houston, where she has taught since 2011.  She has also taught creative writing workshops for Inprint, Boldface Conference, and Grackle and Grackle, and has served on the editorial staffs of Gulf Coast and R2: The Rice Review.  Claire received a B.A. in English and linguistics from Rice (2007) and an M.F.A. in creative writing from UH (2014). This will be Claire’s second year teaching Stranger than Fiction and also her second year teaching in the College Essay Workshop..


Zachary Martin

Zach is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, where he has taught since 2016. He has also taught at the University of Houston, College of Staten Island (City University of New York), and Florida State University. He received a Ph.D in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston (2015) and an A.B. in English from the University of Chicago (2003). He was editor-in-chief of Gulf Coast (2012 – 2014) and has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (2011, 2009) The Louisville Review (2010), Washington Square (2008), and The Southeast Review (2005).  He has served as a member of the Alumni School’s Committee of the University of Chicago since 2010. This will be Zach’s sixth year leading the College Essay Workshop; he has previously taught Story Lines (2012 – 2016) and All Things Considered (2011) for Wonderworks.