O. Jack Mitchell came to Rice in 1966 to establish a master’s program in urban design, after completing graduate studies in architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a nationally recognized architectural expert and served as Dean of the School of Architecture at Rice University for eleven years (1978-1989), greatly expanding the school’s involvement with the Houston community. As Director of the School of Architecture (1974-1978), he helped create and lead the Rice Center for Community Design and Research and the Rice Design Alliance.
Sadly, Mitchell passed away at 60, in 1992. The Woodson has his professional papers and the Rice University School of Architecture papers collected during his tenure in the department. You will find a wonderful post about Mitchell in the Rice History Corner.