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.

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.

Celeste Ponce Woodfill

Celeste has taught at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and lectured at the University of New Mexico in conjunction with an exhibition of her photographic and topographic documentation of the landscape of the Texas/Mexico border. She earned an M.S. in Architecture (2001) from Columbia University and a B. Arch from the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design in 1998. Her professional experience includes Kendall Heaton Associates and Morris Architects.

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).

Nora Laos

B.S. in Architectural Studies (1981), M.Arch (1984) University of Illinois; Ph.D. in Art History (2002) Princeton University; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, UH.

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 Associate 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 Vincent

Justin Vincent is chairman of the theater program at Atascocita High School where he teaches advanced acting classes and directs theatrical productions, including University Interscholastic League One-Act Play Contests. He received an M.F.A in Theater (2003) from the University of Houston and B.A. in English (1998) from Texas A & M University. He has taught undergraduate students at UH and interned at the Laguna Beach Playhouse, California. His Atascocita High School one-act play entries reached state level in 2008, 2009, and 2010, winning second place in the statewide 5-A competition in 2010 for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Matthew Bizzell

Matthew is a Ph.D. student in English and American Literature at the University of Houston where he teaches undergraduate students. He has an M.A. in American Literature (2016) and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Philosophy (2014) from Texas A & M University. He has also taught dual credit English courses at San Jacinto Junior College and reviews and interviews editor of Gulf Coast, the UH literary journal.


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.

Onyinye Ihezukwu

Onyinye is Ph.D. student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston, where she teaches undergraduate students. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia (2015) and B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2016). She was the recipient of the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction at Stanford University (2015 -17). Her publications include “Tuta Tuta,” Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 2019; “Nkori,” Los Angeles Review of Books, Summer 2018; “For Baby for Three,” Akashic Book Series: Lago’s Noir, Fall 2018; “The Full Middle of Zero,” Zoetrope: All Stories, Fall 2017; and “Real Papa,” The American Scholar, Winter 2016.

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.