50th Anniversary Celebration

October 23, 2022
6 p.m.

Rice University, Founder's Court
Cocktail Attire

About

Join chairs Scott and Judy Nyquist to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rice Design Alliance. The 50th-anniversary fête is a welcome departure from the traditional RDA galas of the past. We are planning a beautiful experience under a stunning outdoor structure on the lawn of Founder’s Court in front of majestic Lovett Hall on Rice University’s campus. The evening will include a festive program centered around a dynamic cocktail party with a curated menu of hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails by City Kitchen. There will be flowing bars, cozy lounges, live music, dancing and mingling, and thoughtful surprises to celebrate RDA, Cite Magazine, and the next 50 years of design! Seating is available throughout the venue, along with accessibility options and valet parking. We’re excited to gather together not only to reconnect and reengage but also to honor our prolific past and to toast to a bright future.

The event will also kick-off our annual programming theme, Texas Is Urban, celebrating the urbanity, diversity, and dynamism of Houston and other cities in the Texas region. All event proceeds support RDA’s programs and operations. Through its creative programming, publications, and community engagement efforts—including the award-winning journal Cite, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year—RDA has made significant contributions to architectural discourse in Houston and strives to make Houston a better place for all. We hope you will join us for this milestone celebration and support the next 50 years of RDA! 

 

Sponsorship Levels

$50,000 – Legacy Underwriter *ONLY ONE AVAILABLE*

  • Underwriters’ Lounge for 20 guests early access from 5-6 pm
  • Two (2) additional tickets for Young Professionals
  • Five (5) reserved cocktail tables
  • Dinner for four (4) with the Dean
  • Architecture driving tour for eight (8) with Rice Architecture faculty member Stephen Fox
  • Prominent logo or name recognition on the 50th-anniversary event program, and RDA website
  • Full-page ad in the 40th-anniversary edition of Cite magazine
  • Sponsorship recognition on the RDA50 “Texas is Urban” programming
  • One (1) annual RDA Corporate Membership
  • Commemorative gift

 

$25,000 – Leadership Underwriter

  • Underwriters’ Lounge for fifteen (15) guests early access from 5-6 pm
  • Two (2) additional tickets for Young Professionals
  • Four (4) reserved cocktail tables
  • Prominent logo or name recognition on the 50th-anniversary event program, and RDA website
  • Half-page ad in the 40th-anniversary edition of Cite magazine
  • One (1) annual RDA Corporate Membership
  • Commemorative gift

 

$15,000 – Underwriter

  • Underwriters’ Lounge for ten (10) guests early access from 5-6 pm
  • Two (2) additional tickets for Young Professionals
  • Three (3) reserved cocktail tables
  • Half-page ad in the 40th-anniversary edition of Cite magazine
  • Logo or name listing in the event program and the RDA website
  • One (1) annual RDA Corporate Membership
  • Commemorative gift

 

$10,000 – Benefactor

  • Underwriters’ Lounge for ten (10) guests early access from 5-6 pm
  • Two (2) additional tickets for Young Professionals
  • Two (2) reserved cocktail tables
  • Logo or name listing in the event program and the RDA website
  • One (1) annual RDA Corporate Membership

 

$5,500 – Patron

  • Tickets for eight (8) guests early access from 5-6 pm
  • Two (2) additional tickets for Young Professionals
  • One (1) reserved cocktail table
  • Logo or name listing in the event program and the RDA website
  • One (1) annual RDA Corporate Membership

 

Individual Tickets

$2,500 - Leadership Ticket

  • Underwriters’ Lounge for one (1) guest early access from 5-6 pm
  • Name recognition on the 50th-anniversary event program, and RDA website
  • Household-level RDA Membership
  • Commemorative gift

 

$1,000 - Benefactor Ticket

  • Underwriters’ Lounge for one (1) guest early access from 5-6 pm
  • Individual-level RDA Membership

 

$500 - Patron Ticket

  • Individual-level RDA Membership

 

$125 - Young Professional Ticket

To encourage the next generation of young professional engagement and involvement, we created an individual ticket level specifically for professionals under the age of 40, which includes full entry to the celebration event and a new annual individual RDA membership or renewal of a current young professional membership. 
 
  • Individual-level RDA Membership

 

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