Category Archives: Galas

DRAW: 2014 Gala Honors Bill Kendall

Bill Kendall and James Heaton.

This year’s Rice Design Alliance gala, DRAW, will celebrate the life and work of William D. Kendall, FAIA. Kendall, who passed away in February 2013, began his architecture career in Houston in the 1960s, founding the firm that would become Kendall/Heaton Associates in 1978.

During the next 35 years, Kendall/Heaton would complete 120 projects with renowned architects and designers, including Tadao Ando, Cesar Pelli, Jon Pickard, and Robert A. M. Stern. Beyond the impressive volume of work, Kendall was widely admired among colleagues for his ability to collaborate and lauded for his humility.

Please join us and Houston’s architecture, engineering, design, and construction community at this highly anticipated event. We will gather to enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, a seated dinner, and dancing. Among the guests will be severally nationally and internationally known architect collaborators whose designs were carefully transformed by Kendall/Heaton into construction drawings.

The gala will begin on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the ballroom at the Houston Hilton-Americas hotel. Tickets are available from $500 to $1,000; tables $3,500 to $15,000. To buy tables and tickets online, visit this secure payment page, or complete a pledge card and send it by mail, fax, or email to RDA.
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2013 Gala: LIVE FEED

Chris Shepherd, Brad Moore, Ceci Norman, Paul Petronella, and Mike Criss celebrate at the 2013 gala. Photo: Claudia Casbarian.


More than 900 people gathered on Saturday, November 9, for Live Feed, the 2013 Rice Design Alliance gala. Chaired by Betsy Strauch and Lonnie Hoogeboom, the gala honored an Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs, or OKRA, a group of energetic, like-minded restaurateurs who are recharging Houston’s nightlife and restoring historic buildings in core neighborhoods Montrose, Midtown, Houston Heights, Downtown, and the Museum District.

Guests mingled all evening at the Hilton Americas-Houston amidst 105 unique auction items. The auction, coordinated by Juliè Gauthier and Kelie Mayfield, included all-expenses-paid trips to Saint Sauvant, France; San Miguel, Mexico; and Washington, D.C.; unique handmade jewelry; wine chosen by OKRA member and PSA sommelier Justin Vann; and many singular local experiences: Tours of the Philip Johnson-designed Menil House, rides along Buffalo Bayou on the “Spirit of the Bayou” pontoon, and parties catered by OKRA establishments Anvil Bar & Refuge, Underbelly, The Pastry War, Grand Prize Bar, and Hay Merchant.

Also up for bid were 14 custom works of sculpture, ceramics, painting, and mixed media, resulting from inspired collaborations between Houston artists and OKRA members, organized by Judy Nyquist.

As the Next Level Band played jazz, guests moved into the ballroom. There, the gala environment committee, chaired by Chung Nguyen of MC2 Architects with assistance from Florence Tang and Karen Lantz, designed an ephemeral installation comprising thousands of strands of piano wire tipped with wheat and “planted” in white panels. Lit from below, the waist-high wheat swayed and gave the illusion that guests were wandering through a field toward their tables. Once seated, they enjoyed a four-course meal — with one course prepared specially by Underbelly chef and James Beard Award nominee Chris Shepherd, his famous Korean braised goat and dumplings.

After RDA board president Doug Combes welcomed guests and recognized the 25-year efforts of RDA executive director Linda Sylvan, OKRA president Bobby Heugel accepted the RDA Award for Design Excellence on behalf of the 21 OKRA member organizations. At the end of the night, guests took home complimentary okra-shaped sugar cookies, decorated with the OKRA logo, courtesy of Paul Petronella. Underwritten by Brochsteins, D.E. Harvey Builders, HOK, Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc., Walter P Moore, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc., and many other generous donors, the gala brought in more than $520,000, which will support RDA’s educational programming and publication of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston.

Seen in the crowd were underwriters Larry and Charlotte Whaley; David Harvey and Mikki Hebl; Deborah Brochstein and Steven Hecht; Ray and Elaine Messer; John Marshall; Ben Crawford and Kathrin Brunner; RDA President Doug Combes with wife Lisa; Gala Chairs Lonnie Hoogeboom and Betsy Strauch; Fundraising Chair Dave Mueller; Auction chairs Juliè Gauthier and Kelie Mayfield; Environment Chair Chung Nguyen; Graphics Chair Craig Minor; OKRA members Bobby Heugel, Chris Shepherd, Justin Vann, Michael Burnett, Dawn Callaway, Miriam Carrillo, and Paul Petronella; RDA executive director Linda Sylvan with husband Dick; former Rice School of architecture deans John Casbarian with Natalye Appel; and Lars Lerup with Eva Sarraga.

If you’d like to view and purchase the Blacktie photographs from the gala, click here.

2013 Rice Design Alliance Gala


What: 2013 Rice Design Alliance Gala

When: Saturday, November 9, 2013

Where: Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St.

The 2013 RDA gala will honor and celebrate OKRA, an “Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs.” This group of restaurateurs has, in the short time since their founding in 2011, made great contributions to Houston. Serving up some of the country’s most amazing food and drinks, their restaurants and bars have attracted international attention to our diverse culture. They have worked with the city to craft creative solutions to parking. They have adaptively reused historic buildings throughout the inner city. They have brought new nightlife and activity to Downtown. Their Original OKRA Charity Saloon, which donates all profits to local organizations, is an example of their ongoing civic commitment through creative philanthropy. The OKRA leaders are energetic, young, and visionary entrepreneurs and they represent the very best of Houston.

To view the Gala invitation, click here.

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2012 Gala: 100 100 40 30

Peggy Klineberg, Honoree Stephen Klineberg, and RDA Executive Director Linda Sylvan


On Sunday, October 14, Rice Design Alliance held a superlative gala that will be remembered for years to come.

Nine hundred people gathered in the Centennial Tent on Rice University’s Founders Court to celebrate 100 years of Rice University, 100 years of the Rice School of Architecture, 40 years of Rice Design Alliance, and 30 years of Cite magazine.

Guests bid furiously at the silent auction, co-chaired by Natalye Appel and Sarah Balinskas, which featured amazing experiences, including conversations with some of Rice University’s brightest minds, stays in vacation homes of some of Houston’s leading architects, and unique entertainment opportunities showcasing the best Houston has to offer. Many bidders forwent the competition and went straight for the BUY NOW price. Among them was a Rice University administrator who bought a one-of-a-kind necklace comprised of 100 various owl charms designed by Joyce Lander. A baseball fan bought a dinner for 8 at Damian’s with Rice Owls Coach Wayne Graham and former Rice Owl and St. Louis Cardinal Lance Berkman. A dinner for 10 with Mayor Annise Parker was won by several individual donors willing to donate $250 each for the opportunity to dine with the mayor.

Jackson and Company provided a delicious meal of butternut squash soup and filet mignon with vegetable accompaniments. RDA President Lonnie Hoogeboom introduced honoree and Rice sociologist Stephen Klineberg, who took the stage to a standing ovation after guests viewed a short video about his 30-year-plus-Kinder Houston Area Survey. After the program, guests processed to the Academic Quad where they saw The Spectacle, a 20-minute animated sound and light show created by the German artists, Urbanscreen, especially commissioned by Rice for its Centennial. After the show, guests returned to the tent and danced to the sounds of Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters.

Gala chairs Jory Alexander and Jay Baker thanked Fundraising Chairs Sandy Lynch and Doug Combes, whose committee raised nearly $500,000; architect and environment chair Jim Evans, who was responsible for creating the stunning ambience; and Graphics Chair Craig Minor who pulled everything together with a colorful design both in print and video formats.

Seen in the crowd were Honorary Co-Chair and Rice School of Architecture Dean Sarah Whiting with husband Ron Witte, Larry and Charlotte Whaley, Edwin Friedrichs and Darlene Clark, Laura and George Pontikes, and Dick and Linda Sylvan. The Honorary Committee was co-chaired by RSA Professor Emeritus Andy Todd, and it consisted of former presidents of the Rice Design Alliance, including Gwendolyn Goffe, Jim Furr, Larry Lander, Leslie Davidson, David Harvey, Karl Kilian, Bill Neuhaus, Raymond Brochstein, Chuck Gremillion, Barbara Amelio, Kimberly Hickson, Frank Douglas, Nonya Grenader, and RDA’s first president Peck Drennan, among others.

2012 RDA 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

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.

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).

2011 Gala: The Woodlands Grows Up

canopy

Gala Co-Chair Chuck Gremillion, RDA Executive Director Linda Sylvan, and Honoree Dan Leverett

On Saturday, November 12, over a thousand people gathered at the Bayou City Event Center to celebrate The Woodlands and The Woodlands Development Co.—the company that has continued to honor the vision that founder George Mitchell had for the new town almost 50 years ago.

Guests enjoyed perusing the silent auction that featured over 100 unique designer items and art works. Bidding was hot and heavy over an eclectic gold piggy bank from ph Design and an offer of a dinner for 10 and stories by caterer Frankie B. Mandola of the Mandola, Carrabba, Butera restaurant family. Mandola’s also served a dinner of marinated rib-eye steaks and shrimp Damian that got rave reviews by guests. Following dinner, guests delighted in the live music of Doppelganger.

Dan Leverett, Vice President of The Woodlands Development Co., accepted accolades from RDA President David Harvey on behalf of his company and paid homage to George Mitchell. Leverett also recognized his associates, including Robert Heineman a 38-year veteran of The Woodlands who was part of the original Mitchell team. Gala chairs Chuck and Janna Gremillion thanked Fundraising Chair Sandy Lynch, whose committee raised nearly $462,000; architect and environment chair Dallas Felder, whose creative ceiling installation of large pink parachutes and green loops transformed the ballroom and evoked the Woodland’s own colorful canopy; and auction chair Kristin Skarbovig, who was delighted by the furious bidding going on, and whose committee work raised $50,000 for RDA’s programs and Cite.

The Woodlands Development Company to be Honored at 2011 Gala

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.

To view the gala invitation, please click here.

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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Auction Supporters: Gala 2011

3Form
A & E – The Graphics Complex
Alley Theatre
Anvil Bar & Refuge
Arnaud’s Restaurant
Asakura Robinson Company- Landscape Architects
Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing
McClain Gallery + Massimo Vitali
Becks Prime Restaurants
Bell Mountain Vineyards
benjy’s Restaurant
Bobbye Bennett
Blakely Bering
Melissa Borrell Designs
Brennan’s Houston
Brochsteins
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Canopy
Carriage Glass & Detail
Casa Calderoni
Central Market
The Children’s Museum of Houston
Chinati Foundation
The Chocolate Bar
Cite Magazine
The Container Store
Da Camera of Houston
Davey Tree
Debner + Company
Luis A. De Santos/LADS Photography
Jeff Debevec
DiverseWorks ArtSpace
Divino Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
Edelman Leather
Tom Flaherty
Food Shark
FotoFest International
Found for the Home
Edwin Friedrichs and Darlene Clark
Gage Hotel
Navid Ghedami
Glassell School of Art
James Glassman
Ruth and Rusty Gorman
Ron Hartgrove Designs
D. E. Harvey Builders
Herman Miller Inc.
Kimberly Hickson
HiTouch Business Services/Rentacrate LLC
Hotel Monteleone
Hotel Paisano
Hotel Zaza
Houston Ballet Foundation
Houston Dairymaids
Houston Mod
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Symphony
Houston Wine Merchant
The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa
Objects by Rame Hruska
iOffice, Inc.
Andrew F. Icken
Inman Gallery, Houston + David Aylsworth
JCS
Austin James
Katz Coffee
Knoll
Knoll Textiles
La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa
Stranded by Joyce Lander
Laurenzo’s El Tiempo Cantina
Gilbane/Looking At Art
Suzanne Longley Landscapes, Inc.
Maida’s Belts & Buckles
Main Street Theater
Frankie B. Mandola’s Catering
Mark’s American Cuisine
Masterson Design, Inc.
McDonald Observatory
The Menil Collection
The Mohawk Group
Crystal Murley
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Bookstore
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Film Department
The OFIS Companies
OM Workspace
ph Design Shop
Padre’s Marfa
Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation
Cesar Pelli/Pelli Clarke Architects
Ragin Cajun
Re|mod
Rice University – School of Continuing Studies
Rienzi, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Carolyn Rose Design
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Heather Yoki-Sanchez
Smith’s Opticians
Society for the Performing Arts
Sprinkles Cupcakes
J. Stone Construction
Britton Sudduth Clothier
Sunset Settings / Carolyn Brewer
Surroundings
Swift + Company
Ten Thousand Villages
Theatre Under the Stars
Treebeards
Elaine Turner
United Airlines
Uptown Houston
W Design/ Wendy Bantle
Westheimer Plumbing
Geoff Winningham
Walter P Moore
The Woodlands Development Co./ Robert Heineman
Wylie Consulting Engineers