Ron Witte is an architect and associate professor at the Rice School of Architecture. Witte’s work engages the relationship between architecture and the city. He is particularly interested in new forms of density in the contemporary city. As a designer, Witte’s research focuses on relationships among forms, economies, infrastructures and policies as underpinnings for new approaches to metropolitan density. Witte refers to this new density as “The New Compact,” an updated urban social contract situated at the intersection of private sector capital and public sector policy.
Witte joined the Rice faculty in 2010. Previously, he taught at Princeton University, Harvard University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Florida. He is a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and abroad.Witte’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Building Museum, Harvard University, University of California, Los Angeles, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Graham Foundation, the International Center for Reflection on the Future in France and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. His work has been published in journals throughout the world, including Assemblage, Log, Archplus, Scroope, Polygraph, Harvard Design Magazine, Architecture Magazine, Dialogue, Architectural Design Profiles and the Washington Post.