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Rice Design Alliance gala draws top names in the field to salute beloved architect

Rice Design Alliance gala draws top names to salute beloved architect

1 Cassy and Jon Pickard, from left, with Jory Alexander at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014.
Cassy and Jon Pickard, from left, with Jory Alexander. Photo by Claudia Casbarian
11 Barbara Amelio, left, and Carrie Glassman Shoemake at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
Barbara Amelio, left, and Carrie Glassman Shoemake. Photo by Claudia Casbarian
5 Natalye Appel, from left, John Casbarian, Linda Sylvan and Fred Clarke at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
Natalye Appel, from left, John Casbarian, Linda Sylvan and Fred Clarke. Photo by Claudia Casbarian
14 Juliè Gauthier and Dallas Felder at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
Juliè Gauthier and Dallas Felder. Photo by Claudia Casbarian
7 Ping Sun and David Leebron at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
Barbara Hines, from left, Y. Ping Sun, Sarah Whiting, Gerald Hines and David Leebron. Photo by Claudia Casbarian
13 Yvonne Washington and the Mix at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
Yvonne Washington and the Mix keep the dance floor hopping. Photo by Claudia Casbarian
9 Craig and Suzy Minor at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
Craig and Suzy Minor. Photo by Claudia Casbarian
2 Bobbie and Bill Chilton at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
Bobbie and Bill Chilton. Photo by Claudia Casbarian
3 Lars Lerup, from left, Linda Sylvan and Carlos Jimenez at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
Lars Lerup, from left, Linda Sylvan and Carlos Jimenez. Photo by Claudia Casbarian
12 Cesar Pelli in a video testimonial at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014.
Cesar Pelli in a video testimonial. Photo by Claudia Casbarian
1 Cassy and Jon Pickard, from left, with Jory Alexander at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014.
11 Barbara Amelio, left, and Carrie Glassman Shoemake at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
5 Natalye Appel, from left, John Casbarian, Linda Sylvan and Fred Clarke at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
14 Juliè Gauthier and Dallas Felder at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
7 Ping Sun and David Leebron at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
13 Yvonne Washington and the Mix at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
9 Craig and Suzy Minor at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
2 Bobbie and Bill Chilton at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
3 Lars Lerup, from left, Linda Sylvan and Carlos Jimenez at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014
12 Cesar Pelli in a video testimonial at the Rice Design Alliance Gala November 2014.

What: The Rice Design Alliance gala, "Draw."

Where: The Hilton Americas-Houston.

The 411: The late William D. Kendall, founder of Kendall/Heaton Associates, was honored posthumously by the gathering of 950, which included such "starchitects" as Jon Pickard and Bill Chilton of New Haven, Conn., and, via video, Cesar Pelli. Internationally-renowned developer Gerald Hines, while present, also joined in the video tribute to man who, until his death last year at age 70, worked with famed architects including Norman Foster, Ricardo Bofill, Rem Koolhaas and Pelli.

The evening that raised $575,000 to support RDA's educational programming and publication of CITE: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston was chaired by Barbara Amelio. Taking leading roles in the event were silent auction chairs Andrea and Oliver Sanchez, environment chairs Jory Alexander, Wayne Braun and Carrie Glassman Shoemake and RDA executive director Linda Sylvan.

Who: Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, Barbara Hines, Deborah Brochstein and Steven Hecht, Charlotte and Larry Whaley, Joyce and Larry Lander, Mikki Hebl and David Harvey, Dick Sylvan and Cindy and Larry Burns.

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