System of Novelties

System of Novelties

Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble, Interloop—Architecture

A unique hybrid of monograph and field guide, offering insights into the creative practice and design expertise of Houston-based Interloop—Architecture.



Title Information

Dawn Finley

1st edition

, 2022


272 pages, 404 color and 161 b/w illustrations, diagrams, graphs, and plans

20.5 x 26.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-245-3

Architecture at Rice


Houston-based Interloop—Architecture, founded in 2001 by Rice University School of Architecture professors Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble, focuses on innovative building technologies, inventive forms, and precise material finishes. Its wide-ranging projects include the design of custom furniture and fixtures, private residences, research complexes, and cultural institutions.

System of Novelties is the first book on Interloop—Architecture’s work. It combines elements of both monograph and field guide, placing the firm’s novel architectural designs within their broader context, with special attention to how influences, procedures, and techniques have been threaded from project to project over a period of two decades. A diverse collection of built and speculative designs are framed by three pairs of research topics: Information–Shape, Procedure–Assembly, and Material–Detail. Graphic notes trace and synthetically connect the systems—some unique, some recurring—used in and between projects. System of Novelties demonstrates the firm’s technical expertise with materials, manufacturing, and delivery processes and offers insights into innovative forms of contemporary architectural practice.


Dawn Finley is a founding principal of Houston-based Interloop—Architecture and professor and director of graduate studies at Rice University School of Architecture.


Other titles in the Architecture at Rice series:

Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture

The Continuous City: Fourteen Essays on Architecture and Urbanization

Totalization: Speculative Practice in Architectural Education

Epics in the Everyday: Photography, Architecture, and the Problem of Realism

Nueva Vivienda: New Housing Paradigms in Mexico

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