The annual Rowlett Lecture is named in honor of John Miles Rowlett, former professor of architecture at Texas A&M, who was a founding member of the legendary architectural firm CRS.

The Rowlett Lecture was endowed in 1979 through a grant to the Texas Architectural Foundation by CRS Inc. and Mrs. Virginia Rowlett.

Patronage and Architecture: Making Texas Modernism

The 2022 Rowlett Lecture program will focus upon the interface between a leader of industry and an architect in the creation of innovative and notable settings for working and living. Following a luncheon, two sessions will be separated by a coffee break from the third session. The first session will focus upon Mark Wellen’s completed building projects and the attitudes and behaviors that produced success. The second session, presented by Michael Malone, will focus upon examples of patrons of architecture through history and in contemporary practice. The final session will be a conversation between Tim Leach, a patron of art and architecture, and Mark Wellen, a practicing architect, about their experiences working together. It will be moderated by Michael Malone.

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Past Lectures

2021: Work, Workers, Workplace — Post-Pandemic

Two experts will discuss designing for the workplace’s “new normal” during the virtual 2021 Rowlett Lecture, 1–5 p.m. April 7, hosted by the Texas A&M CRS Center for Leadership & Management in the Design and Construction Industry. 

The experts, Larry Lander and Lauri Lampson, are executives at PDR, a Houston-based, multidisciplinary design firm. The firm is an international leader in the research, design and delivery of beautiful, effective workplace solutions. Lander and Lampson have looked carefully at the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the workplace.