At its 30th annual gala, Saturday, November 12, 2016, RDA will honor Ric Campo, CEO of Camden Property Trust and former Chair of Houston First, as an exceptional patron of architecture and urban design. This year’s gala is titled Game Changer. Ric Campo: Putting Houston First.
Holding the gala in the newly renovated, glass-walled concourse of the George R. Brown Convention Center, overlooking Discovery Green, RDA will recognize Campo for his 40-year career in real estate development, which includes the under-construction transit-oriented, mixed-use multifamily complex, Midtown Superblock McGowen Station, that will include a three-acre urban park; his leadership of public-private partnerships, including Houston First, which re-envisioned the Convention Center and surrounding district; and his continued commitment to the city through service on the boards of numerous nonprofits, charities, foundations, and committees, including the Host Committee of this season’s NFL’s Super Bowl, to be held in February 2017.
The gala, which draws Houston’s architecture, engineering, design, and construction community together, will be chaired this year by civic leaders Minnette and Peter Boesel. Other gala chairs include:
Steve Mechler, Balfour Beatty, Fundraising Chair
Melanie Herz Promecene, Morris Architects, Environment Chair
Laurie Scott, Laurie Scott & Company, Auction Chair
Craig Minor, Minor Design, Graphics Chair
Honorary Committee members include: Tom Bacon, J. Murry Bowden, Jonathan Brinsden, Doug Childers, Dr. Benjamin K. Chu, Glenn Clements, Sheila Condon, Louis B. Cushman, Richard Everett, Edwin Friedrichs, Fred Griffin, Jeff Hines, Will Holder, Larry Johnson, Paul Layne, Ryan McCord, Brandi McDonald, David Mendez, Leila and Walt Mischer, John Moody, Tim Myers, Gary Olander, Howard Tellepsen, Ken Valach, the Honorable Bill White, and Welcome Wilson, Sr.
Thank you to all who have already supported Game Changer and RDA. Click to see a list!
RDA has provided community engagement for the Rice School of Architecture for 43 years, offering lectures, tours, educational events, and publications that promote a vigorous discussion about the built environment in Houston. Gala proceeds provide vital support for RDA. Last year, RDA honored Uptown Houston at the Westin Galleria, where some 900 people gathered to celebrate and support RDA’s programs and publications. Since 1989, the RDA gala has recognized individuals and institutions that have made exceptional contributions to architecture and design in Houston and in Texas. Along with Uptown Houston, these include Gerald D. Hines, Raymond Brochstein, Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, Stephen Klineberg, and OKRA.