RDA To Honor Stephen Klineberg at 2012 Gala

RDA Gala Honoree Stephen Klineberg


WHAT: 2012 Rice Design Alliance Gala
WHO: Stephen Klineberg, Founding Co-Director Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Founder of the Kinder Houston Area Survey, and Rice University Professor of Sociology
WHEN: Sunday, October 14, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Rice University, Founders Court, 6100 Main Street
HOW: Purchase your table or tickets here.

It’s safe to say that this year’s gala will literally be a star-studded event. Guests will be delighted by a secret spectacle unveiled the night of. Dancing will ensue under a blanket of stars amid a backdrop of Rice’s iconic Lovett Hall. The auction will feature not mere items but incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences. RDA will celebrate 40 years of providing architectural programs to the public and 30 years of Cite Magazine, along with Rice University’s and Rice School of Architecture’s 100th anniversaries. And honoree Stephen Klineberg will be applauded for his 40 years of dedication to Rice and his commitment for over 30 years to Houston via the Houston Area Survey.

Festivities will occur on a Sunday evening in a glass-walled tent along the grassy stretch of green known as Founders Court. Klineberg, who is best known as the founding co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and founder of the aforementioned Houston Area Survey, will be given the Award for Design Excellence. Following the year of its own 30th anniversary, Klineberg’s survey has become a treasure trove of information about Houston’s transformation from a southern, Anglo-dominated city dependent on natural resources to a multiethnic metroplex where human resources are in high demand. According to Klineberg, no other city “more clearly exemplifies the transformations that are refashioning the social and political landscape of urban America.” In March, “Interesting Times,” a film that vividly depicts the survey’s findings, was released. Klineberg’s discoveries focus on Houston’s quality of life as our sprawling city calls for more urban, less car-centered choices; embraces its growing diversity; and navigates its residents’ access to quality education.

The survey is but one example of Klineberg’s commitment to Houston’s potential. Klineberg has been a lauded member of Rice’s faculty for 40 years and has received over ten major teaching awards, including the George R. Brown Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has been recognized beyond Rice’s hedges as well, receiving the Community Commitment Award from the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston in 2003 and the Golden Lantern Award from the Asian American Family Services, among many others. It is Rice Design Alliance’s honor to applaud Klineberg’s dedication to its own mission of enhancing the quality of life for Houstonians.

To purchase tickets to this stellar event, please click here.

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Gala Co-Chairs: Jory Alexander and Jay Baker
Underwriting Co-Chairs: Sandra Lynch and Doug Combes
Auction Co-Chairs: Natalye Appel and Sarah Balinskas
Honoree: Stephen Klineberg, Founding Co-Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Founder of the Kinder Houston Area Survey, and Rice University Professor of Sociology

Environment Chair: James Evans

Graphic Design Chair: Craig Minor

The Events Company is assisting with the production of the gala and further details will be announced soon. Individual tickets start at $500. We also offer a young professional late- night tickets from $65 to $75. Tables are available from $5,000 to $15,000 ($3,500 Patron Tables are sold out).

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