April 24, 2019

Rice Architecture and the Rice Design Alliance (RDA) mourn the loss of Scott Reagan Miller (M.Arch. ‘93) and RDA members Marc Tellepsen and Mark Scioneaux, who died Monday, April 22, along with three other Houstonians, when their small plane crashed while approaching Kerrville Municipal Airport. The Rice community extends its profound condolences to their families.

Reagan Miller founded Reagan Miller Architects in 1996, expanding to form Miller Dahlstrand De Jean Architects, and most recently Reagan|Andre Architecture. His work was featured on RDA architecture tours and his entry to the RDA/AIA Houston 99K House Competition was published in the catalogue. Miller’s scholarship on design inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright was published in the Winter 1997-1998 issue of Cite.

“Reagan was a talented architect and such a kind colleague. He posted hand sketches and drawings on Instagram often—of locations far and near, grand and simple—that were luminous and gave an extraordinary sense of place,” Rice Architecture Professor in Practice Nonya Grenader, FAIA, said. “Reagan’s Rice thesis was an examination of the work of Karl Kamrath, and he later designed a thoughtfully integrated renovation/addition to a MacKie & Kamrath house.”

Marc Tellepsen was the founder of Tellepsen Landscaping. His generosity and commitment to the Houston community were recently in evidence with his firm’s winning entry for RDA’s 2018 charrette for the beautification of Martin Luther King Boulevard. “Marc will be dearly missed by so many in the RDA community and our thoughts are with his family,” said Rice Design Alliance Editor Raj Mankad.

Landscape Architect Mark Scioneaux worked in architecture and planning for Tellepsen Landscaping. He was an active member of RDA and was the husband of Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch.

Also among the victims of yesterday’s accident were real estate investor Stuart Kensinger and his wife Angela. “Like Reagan, Stuart was a man of extraordinary and unostentatious virtue. He co-founded an organization called Jerusalem Peacebuilders to foster understanding and personal relationships between Israelis and Palestinians,” said Rice Architectural Historian and Lecturer Stephen Fox.

The Rice community is deeply saddened by these losses. Last night's RDA Civic Forum 2019, Obsolescence, was held in remembrance of the victims, with a dedication by Rice Architecture Lecturer Andrew Albers, AIA, at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium.