Exterior of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, December 2016. (View of the northwest, west façade view) Photo: Nash Baker

The Moody Center for the Arts

The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University was designed by renowned Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan. The architect’s striking contemporary design, with its bold geometric shapes and inviting transparency, creates a beacon on Rice’s campus while affirming the Moody’s mission to foster connections across disciplines.

The $30 million, 50,000 square-foot building serves as an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines, a flexible teaching space to encourage new modes of learning, and a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists.

The Moody was the recipient of a 2017 Design Honor Award from the AIA California Council. The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) Design Awards Program strives to recognized projects that have inspired architectural design thought and exhibit formal, technological, and spatial innovations.