Category Archives: Galas

RDA To Honor Ric Campo at 30th Annual Gala

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. Read More

2015 Gala Honors Uptown Houston, Raises $485,000 for RDA Educational Programs, Publications

Gala guests dance to A Fistful of Soul. Photo: Janet Ni.

Gala guests dance to A Fistful of Soul. Photo: Janet Ni.

More than 850 people gathered in The Westin Galleria to celebrate as the Rice Design Alliance honored Uptown Houston with its annual Award for Design Excellence on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The event, VisionEnvision, raised nearly $485,000 to support the educational programs and publications of RDA in 2016. Read More

2014 Gala Draws In $575,000 for RDA

John and Kelly Mooz, Gerald Hines. Photo: Roswitha Volger.

John and Kelly Mooz, Gerald Hines. Photo: Roswitha Volger.

More than 900 people attended DRAW, the 2014 Rice Design Alliance gala, in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Americas on Saturday, November 8. Chaired by Barbara Amelio, the gala celebrated the life and work of the late William D. Kendall, a Houston architect who founded Kendall/Heaton Associates in 1978. Read More

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. Read More

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.

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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.