1996

Named for former Chairman of the Rice Board of Trustees Charles W. Duncan, Jr. '47 and his wife Anne Smith Duncan, the Anne and Charles Duncan Hall opens as the new home for the departments of Computer Science, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Statistics. The building's design encourages collaborating among a diverse group of scholars focused on applying computation to problems in engineering. British philosopher-architect John Outram, known for his provocative use of interior and exterior decoration, has filled the space with rich symbology, including the ceiling mural "The Birth of Consciousness," the manifestation of a river valley plan and a hidden temple.

Dr. Keith Cooper maintains a lively resource on the building, including a catelog of creative myths concocted by its visitors. You can also see views of the building on Rice's virtual tour.

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