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Rice University Herzstein Hall Amphitheater

STOA International Architects, Inc. / Rice University Herzstein Hall Amphitheater

Rice University Herzstein Hall Amphitheater

Rice University selected STOA to remodel the historic Herzstein Hall Amphitheater. Upgrades designed include incorporating key audio-visual updates to meet new technology standards and upgrades to the existing podium to meet ADA accessibility requirements. With the historic nature of the existing blackboards and laboratory tables, the design required several design reviews with the local historian. Interventions of new technology could be seen during use but needed to hide away during non-classroom use: the integrity of the 1912 design and aesthetics required to remain. STOA provided new custom drawers for the keyboard/mouse, electronic control touch panel, and a 24” monitor installed with an arm that could be articulated away from sight when not in use. New directional LED lights are tucked in the existing soffit to enhance the overall lighting. New LED lights were also added to the underside of the existing blackboards to provide a balance in light because of shadows that the pendant lights cast. Existing projector pedestals were modified to accommodate the latest projectors and were also adjusted to work with the new projector screens.


William Marsh Rice University


6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005



Project Size:

Front Lectern Area ~700 SF




Higher Education


ADA Compliance, Amphitheater, higher education, Historical Preservation, houston, interior renovation, Rice University