Category Archives: Membership Parties

New Officers, Board Directors Introduced at 2016 RDA Annual Meeting

New RDA President-Elect Kristi Grizzle of Walter P Moore and Emily Winters of Kirksey. Photo: RDA.

New RDA President-Elect Kristi Grizzle of Walter P Moore and Emily Winters of Kirksey. Photo: RDA.

One hundred seventy-six members of the Rice Design Alliance gathered on Tuesday, May 31, for the Annual Meeting, held this year in the PDR-designed offices of Vitol inside One Grove Street, the new mixed-use building in Upper Kirby developed by Midway. Read More

Nourishment: An Afternoon at Finca Tres Robles

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On Sunday, May 15, this event takes you beyond RDA’s recent architecture tour of houses with edible gardens. Nourishment: An Afternoon at Finca Tres Robles invites you to an active urban farm in Houston’s East End for a tour, tasting, and talk with five local experts.

Nourishment takes place Sunday, May 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are available online.

Founded by two brothers in 2014, Finca Tres Robles is located near Navigation Boulevard. The 1.25-acre farm, as Nick Panzarella writes on OffCite, “make[s] use of unused space within the city to produce food, as opposed to consuming more wild lands outside of the city.” Guests will first experience a tour led by one of the farmers, then will sit down at a “long table” to taste dishes of the farm’s organic produce prepared specially by Chef Monica Pope of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, with cheese and bread from Houston Dairymaids, wine pairings from Terlato Wines, and beer from nearby 8th Wonder Brewery.

Inspired by Table for 1201, which was a program supported by RDA Spotlight Prize recipient 5468796 and presented in 2014 in Winnipeg, Canada, Nourishment combines the particular experience of place with the art of conversation. At the table will be five local experts — in sustainability, urban farming, landscape design, architecture, and Houston’s culinary scene:

    Andrew Albers, professor, The Rice School of Architecture and architect, The Office of James Burnett
    Karen Lantz, architect, Lantz Full Circle
    Katharine Shilcutt, writer and editor, Houstonia
    Scott Snodgrass, founder, Edible Earth Resources
    Becca Verm, urban farmer, Sown & Grown

This is a special event open only to 50 RDA members and guests. Purchase tickets online now! Tickets are $100. Limited tickets for active rdAGENTS are $75.

New Officers, Board Directors Introduced at 2015 Annual Membership Meeting and Reception

RDA President Carrie Glassman Shoemake, Treasurer Barbara Amelio, and Executive Director Linda Sylvan.

RDA President Carrie Glassman Shoemake, Treasurer Barbara Amelio, and Executive Director Linda Sylvan.

About 200 members of the Rice Design Alliance gathered for the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting and Reception on Wednesday, June 10, at Kirksey-designed LEED Platinum Certified 3009 Post Oak Boulevard in Uptown Houston to elect new directors to the board and introduce officers for 2015-2016. Read More

Picnic: A Soiree in the Park: Underwriters Party

On October 22, Underwriters of RDA’s 2008 gala were invited to a party at the recently opened downtown Houston Pavilions.  Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and a performance by jazz musician Al Campbell three stories up in the open air Pavilion. The group also enjoyed tours of the House of Blues.

After a brief welcome and thank you by Gala Chairs, Larry and Charlotte Whaley, the skies opened up, and the rain poured down. The unexpected weather did not dampen the festivities and the party continued indoors, where wine and food continued to be served.
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