Dallas, TX, Nov. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Dallas) and the Architecture and Design Foundation (the Foundation) have raised more than $ 150,000 in public programs and grants to help increase the health of the world Diversity gathered and a scholarship for Camp Summit at their first Impact Dallas Gala at The Thompson Hotel in the newly redeveloped historic skyscraper in downtown Dallas, The National on November 4, 2021.

More than 400 guests attended the gala to celebrate the role of design in solving real-world problems, connecting communities and improving people’s lives. Participants representing philanthropy, design, art, architecture, and the community had a unique take on the “creative black tie” attire, sometimes pairing prom dresses with cowboy boots, and wearing a variety of textures, colors, prints, patterns, and statement accessories.

Local artists and musicians such as the Raul Reyes Jazz Quartet; a silent auction focusing on art and architecture (including a weekend getaway at The Thompson Hotel, tickets to Elton John, and a Bertoia Diamond Chair designed by Harry Bertoia in 1952 and donated by Knoll); and immersive, artful experiences were shown everywhere, such as the entrance, which is covered in mirrors and silver mylar to reflect different angles of the guests’ outfits. At 7 p.m., the doors to the ballroom opened, where more surprises awaited, including an interactive kinetic laser display from OTL. The evening was moderated by the local entertainer Ricki Derek and ended with a dance to the music of the energetic ten-member party band Limelight.

Co-chairs for Impact Dallas were Katherine D. Seale, Hon. AIA Dallas, a community activist and conservationist, and architect Todd C. Howard, AIA, a past president of AIA Dallas and president of th + a architects.

The new AD EX Community Cornerstone Award was presented to a non-architectural institution live at the event. Jubilee Park and Community Center was selected by the Gala Steering Committee, led by Co-Chairs Seale and Howard, to illustrate architecture’s supreme calling to solve real-world problems through design.

“Jubilee Park and Community Center was chosen because, in their 25 years of service to the residents of the Jubilee Park community, they have lived up to their mission of being a catalyst for community renewal and enrichment. You have set the standard to connect Dallas residents with the health, education, housing and work resources they need to thrive in our city, ”said co-chairs Howard and Seale.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, each of the three finalists, including Jubilee Park, CitySquare and Dallas ISD, received $ 1,500 in prize money to help advance their missions.

Brad Oldham Sculpture was hired to design the unique awards that were unveiled at the gala. The AD EX Community Cornerstone Award was created to give a twist to the meaning of cornerstones, initially as a foundation that turns into a ceremony steeped in legend and courage. The George Foster Harrell Award was created as an object of art that symbolizes vision, conviction and the being of the pebbles in the pond that create the waves for change.

Larry Good, FAIA, founding director and chairman of Dallas-based GFF, was honored with the AIA Dallas Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor given to an architect by the organization, the sixth largest AIA group in the country. Goods’s children, Sara, Robbie and Libby, presented the award and exchanged comments, citing Goods’s most popular projects, and summarizing that the design community values ​​leaders like their father who give us a roadmap for making lasting impact through careers that include community service and professional contributions to the city we love.

Deedie Rose, Hon. AIA received the AIA Dallas George Foster Harrell Award in recognition of her role as philanthropist and liaison in advancing some of Dallas’ most impactful projects. The award’s namesake (1906-1980) was an integral part of the rise of the AIA Dallas to national greatness and was known not only as an excellent architect but also as a civic and professional leader. The prize is not awarded on a regular basis, but only if the recognition for a contribution to the quality of life in this city is so important that it is justified. Rose’s daughter-in-law Catherine Rose presented the award with special remarks.

“This pied piper has literally changed the way people in our city think about design – and beyond. Her influence changed the way people plan their decisions – and BOY, does she love to plan! -Design and finally build and build. Starting with a clear mission, Deedie Rose believes and leads with the thesis that good process leads to great outcome for our community, ”said Catherine Rose. “Deedie blatantly knows and preaches the importance of good design in how you feel about yourself, how you interact and connect with others, how it can move you, inspire you, and even improve your life. For these reasons, I cannot imagine a more worthy and exemplary recipient of the George Foster Harrell Award 2021. “

The $ 150,000 raised through the silent auction and gala sponsorship will continue the foundation’s mission to solve problems and improve lives. The gala will fund the foundation’s public program, scholarships that make colleges and careers accessible and bring diversity and equity to architecture, and grants that implement community-based design projects like the AIA Dallas Emerging Leaders Program’s 2021 project to benefit the Camp Summit, that offers barriers – free sleep-away camps for children and adults with disabilities. The net profit is subject to final review and verification.

“The proceeds from that evening will provide essential programming and add to our community grant program,” said Mattia Flaviano, president of the AIA Dallas Architecture and Design Foundation. “We have set an aggressive goal that four years from now the Architecture and Design Foundation will be recognized across the city as a source of funding for community-based projects that address the issues facing our communities today. Design has the power to do good in our city, and we hope to be able to introduce a few people and projects this evening that will have an impact in our city. ”

The Impact Dallas Gala was made possible through the generous support of its Chairpersons, Host Committee, and Event Sponsors, including PRESENTING SPONSORS: Andres Construction, HyCOMB USA; CORNERSTONE SPONSORS: OMNIPLAN, Page /, Todd Interests; CORE SPONSORS: Downtown Dallas Inc., GFF, Katherine Seale, Hon. TxA, Lupe Murchison Foundation, Merriman Anderson Architects, Perkins & Will, StreetLights Residential, th + a; TABLE & HALF TABLE SPONSORS: HKS, VLK Architects, CallisonRTKL, Gensler, Jacobs, JQ Engineering, Robins & Morton, SW Associates, Woodhaus; CORPORATE SPONSORS: Addy Foundation, BECK, Bernbaum Magadini Architects, Campos Engineering, Corgan, Hart Gaugler + Associates, JHP Architecture | Städtebau, KAI Enterprises, SHM Architects, Stantec; DONORS: Deedie Rose, Hon. AIA, Margarite Hoffman, Hon. AIA, Catherine and Will Rose, Bill and Mona Graue, Katherine and Eric Reeves, Dale Petroskey; SILENT AUCTION DISPENSERS: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Theater Center, Jacobs, Jennifer Klos, Kate Aoki, AIA, Knoll Inc., {neighborhood}, The Pittman Hotel, The Thompson Hotel; INKIND SPONSOR: OTL and MEDIA SPONSOR: PaperCity Dallas.

  • Deedie Rose, Hon. AIA, honored with the AIA Dallas George Foster Harrell Award

  • Jubilee Park and Community Center, winner of the new AD EX Community Cornerstone Award