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We welcome your interest in the Department of Computer Science at Rice University and encourage visits. Please email the department at to schedule your visit.

Duncan Hall (photo credit Dave Johnson)

How to Find Us

Rice University is located at 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005. 

Houston's two main airports are George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). For directions to the Rice campus see Rice's map page. For additional visitor information, see Rice's visitors page.

The Department of Computer Science is located in Duncan Hall, building #25 (located in the upper right quadrant) on the Rice University campus map.

Visitor parking is shown in yellow on the campus map. The visitor parking closest to Duncan Hall is in the Founder's Court Visitor Lot. Parking in the lot marked "L" north of the Founder's Court lot is available to visitors only after 5 p.m. and on weekends. For details on parking fees, review Rice's parking page. For information about shuttle bus service, including route maps and schedules, see the transportation department site.

Duncan Hall

Duncan Hall is a distinctive building on the Rice campus designed by British philosopher-architect John Outram, who is known for his provocative use of interior and exterior decoration. Outram believes in an architecture of ideas and themes. He uses these themes to create thought-provoking interiors. He believes that buildings and their inhabitants interact in fundamental and subconscious ways. Bricks, mortar, concrete and wallboard are employed to foster a sense of community and to imbue Outram's buildings with a sense of energy and of purpose. Thus, Duncan Hall is designed to encourage interaction across academic disciplines, specifically disciplines focused on applying computation to problems in engineering and science. It contains private spaces for concentration and public spaces for collaboration. It has laboratories and classrooms for education and auditoriums for presentation. Its interior vistas catch the eye and its exterior accents harmonize with the campus.


The ceiling mural in Martel Hall, Duncan Hall's main open space, is entitled "The Birth of Consciousness." It aptly conveys this message as envisioned in the mind of Outram. Viewing the mural is a regular stop on many Rice campus tours.

For everything you ever wanted to know about Duncan Hall, but were afraid to ask, visit the "unofficial" Duncan Hall web site.

Campus Tours

Student-led walking tours of the Rice campus

Rice University Virtual Tours

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