WHAT: 2011 Rice Design Alliance Gala Honoring The Woodlands Development Company
WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7p.m. until midnight
WHERE: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road
The Rice Design Alliance 2011 gala will honor and celebrate The Woodlands, a 28,000-acre, master-planned community 27 miles north of downtown Houston, and The Woodlands Development Company, the entity that has continued to honor the vision that founder George Mitchell had for the new town almost 50 years ago.
In 1964, Mr. Mitchell began the acquisition of property in Montgomery County for what is now The Woodlands. Working with the Philadelphia landscape architects and planner Wallace, McHarg, Roberts & Todd, as well as William Periera, Mr. Mitchell and his staff planned The Woodlands as an ecologically responsive, multiple-use suburban town, a model for comprehensively planned suburban growth. In 1972, The Woodlands was one of the 13 new towns across the United States to receive low-interest loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of its Title VII New Community Development Program. It is the only one of these new towns to have succeeded. Today, nearly 37 years after its inauguration, The Woodlands is home to nearly 100,000 people, many of whom live, work, and play there.
Its developers continue to give priority to the maintenance of natural surroundings. Hiding behind tall pines is a highly urban area. The 1,000-acre Town Center, a mixed-use development that includes The Woodlands’ own high-end version of San Antonio’s Riverwalk, serves as the town’s downtown. The district features Class-A office buildings, home to national and international companies; a hotel and convention center; The Woodlands Mall; Market Street; and Waterway Square, which is a civic plaza surrounded by shops, restaurants, residences, entertainment venues, and parks. Close by is The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, a nationally known outdoor amphitheater that was named in honor of Mr. Mitchell’s wife and provides a summer home for the Houston Symphony as well as a venue for rock concerts.
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Gala Chairs: Janna and Chuck Gremillion
Underwriting Chair: Sandra Lynch
Auction Chair: Kristin Skarbovig
Environment: Dallas Felder, Morris Architects
The dinner dance will include entertainment by Doppelganger, catering by Frankie B. Mandola’s Catering, and a silent auction. Tickets are available from $65 to $1,000; Tables from $3,000 to $10,000.
Since 1989 the Rice Design Alliance gala has recognized individuals and institutions that have made exceptional contributions to architecture and design in Houston and in Texas. These include Gerald D. Hines, George and Cynthia Mitchell, Warren S. Bellows, Jr., Stanley Marcus, Raymond Brochstein, Herbert Wells, Sadie Gwin Blackburn, Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, and Art Storey, Jr. It is anticipated that over 1,000 architects, design professionals, real estate professionals, engineers, contractors, developers and consultants, including RDA members, will attend.
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