In April 2009, Rice Design Alliance announced a new annual award for emerging talent in the fields of architecture, engineering, or design. Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize features a monetary prize and lecture in the Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The inaugural prize was presented to Anton Garcia-Abril of Spain.
RDA also presents the annual Award for Design Excellence to individuals and institutions that have made exceptional contributions to architecture and design in Texas. Past recipients of the RDA Award for Design Excellence include Gerald D. Hines, George and Cynthia Mitchell, the family of J. S. Cullinan, Rice University, Constantine S. Nicandros, Warren S. Bellows, Jr., Stanley Marcus, Raymond Brochstein, Anne S. Bohnn Brown, Jesse H. Jones (posthumously), S. I. Morris, Walter P. Moore, Jr., BMC Software, the Texas Medical Center, Central Houston, Inc., METRO, Ed Wulfe, Herbert Wells, Sadie Gwin Blackburn, Discovery Green, and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor.
For its achievements, RDA and Cite have been recognized with awards from the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Society of Architects, the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Clean Houston, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, Print Magazine, the Art Directors Club of Houston, and the Houston Press Club. RDA and Cite also receive grant awards from public and private foundations, including the Houston Arts Alliance, the Texas Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Endowment Inc., and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.
For more information, visit the awards archive.