What We Do-Galas-2008-10 08gala_3354The Rice Design Alliance Gala is an annual event that draws the architecture, building, engineering, and design communities together to celebrate those individuals and institutions that have made an impact on the built environment.

    Since 1987 the Rice Design Alliance has awarded individuals and institutions with the RDA Award for Design Excellence for making exceptional contributions to architecture and design in Houston and Texas. Former recipients 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, and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor.

    The RDA Gala is a much-anticipated event that in recent years has drawn more than 1,000 architects, design professionals, engineers, contractors, developers, and RDA members. Funds raised support RDA programs and its journal Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston. Our 2014 event will be held on Saturday, November 8 at the Hilton Americas, from 7:00 pm until midnight.

    For more information, see the list of past galas and the gala archive.

    2013: Live Feed
    Hilton Americas
    Honoree: OKRA, an Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs

    2012: 100 100 40 30
    Centennial Tent, Rice University
    Honoree: Stephen Klineberg
    Celebrating the 100th anniversaries of Rice University and the Rice School of Architecture, the 40th anniversary of the Rice Design Alliance, and the 30th anniversary Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston

    2011: Canopy: The Woodlands Grows Up
    Bayou City Event Center
    Honoree: The Woodlands Development Co.

    2010: Progressive Art: Infrastructure, Greenspaces and Waterways
    Hilton Americas
    Honoree: Art Storey, Jr.

    2009: Hue: Contributing to a Vibrant Community
    Hilton Americas
    Honorees: Phoebe & Bobby Tudor

    2008: Picnic: A Soirée by the Park
    Hilton Americas
    Honoree: Discovery Green

    2007: Green Matters Green Works
    One & Two Allen Center
    Honoree: Sadie Gwin Blackburn

    2006: Space City Style
    Hilton Americas
    Honorees: Houston Firms from the Sixties

    2005: A Modern Classic
    The Pavilion
    Honoree: Herbert Wells

    2004: Man in Motion
    METRO Headquarters
    Honoree: Ed Wulfe

    2003: Evolve, Revolve
    1500 Louisiana Building
    Honoree: Central Houston Inc.

    2002: 20:20 Celebrating 20 Years of Cite
    Reliant Stadium
    Honoree: Rice School of Architecture; Cite contributors recognized

    2001: Healthy by Design
    Former Nabisco Plant
    Honoree: Texas Medical Center

    2000: RDAgala.com
    BMC Software campus
    Honoree: Max Watson/ BMC

    1999: Enginuity!
    El Paso building lobby
    Honoree: Walter P. Moore (posthumously)

    1998: SI-ber-space
    Hornberger Conference Center
    Honoree: SI Morris

    1997: Hi Yo Silver!
    Petroleum Club
    Honorees: Anne Schlumberger Bohnn Brown
    RDA 25th Anniversary Award to Jesse Jones

    1996: Veneer to Eternity
    Reliant Energy building
    Honoree: Raymond Brochstein

    1995: High Style
    Neiman-Marcus Galleria
    Honoree: Stanley Marcus

    1994: Sheetrock Around the Clock
    First City Bank pavilion
    Honoree: Warren S. Bellows received the award on behalf of W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation. A total of ten construction firms were honored including Tellepsen Corporation; Fretz Construction Company; Marshall Construction Company, Inc.; Meyerson Builders, Inc.; Schneider Construction Company, Inc.; Linbeck Corporation; The Miner-Dedcrick Companies; D. E. Harvey Builders; and The Lott Group, Inc.

    1993: Ball of Energy
    Doubletree Hotel Galleria
    Honoree: Constantine S. Nicandro

    1992: Heart of the Park
    Warwick Hotel
    Honoree: The Family of Lucie Halm & Joseph Stephen Cullinan

    1991: 100 Years of Design Excellence
    Rice Memorial Center
    Honoree: Rice University

    1990: Think Big!
    Republic Bank
    Honoree: George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell

    1989: Rive Gauche
    1100 Louisiana
    Honoree: Gerald D. Hines

    1988: A Step Back in Time
    Rice University Academic Court
    Honoree: Jack Mitchell

    1987: Fight for Cite
    Boxing Center
    Honoree: Josephine Abercrombie