This year’s annual SMPS Houston Design Awards Gala focused on members’ excellence in marketing design and communications, with the theme of “Cultivating Creativity.” The chapter continued its long-standing tradition of supporting Casa de Esperanza de Los Ninos by donating all proceeds from the wine pull and silent auction to the charity.

Thank you to those that attended, a huge thanks to all the sponsors and the gala committee/volunteers, and congratulations to all the award recipients! Your thoughts and input about the gala and design awards would be greatly appreciated; please take a moment to complete this quick SURVEY.

Event photography by Slyworks Photography is available to view and purchase HERE.




Client of the Year: Harris County

Rising Star: Kailie Hyde, Kudela & Weinheimer Landscape Architects

Member of the Year: Laketa Morris, Rogers O’Brien Construction

Member Firm of the Year: Landtech, Inc.

Principal of the Year: Jeff Cannon, LJA Engineering

Marketing Excellence: Sarah De Ita, CPSM, DBR Engineering

Rock of the Chapter: Diana Brown, CPSM, Harvey

Hall of Fame: Kim Icenhower, FSMPS, CPSM, Icenhower Consulting, Inc. / In memoriam Mary Fogle, CPSM, Walter P Moore



Corporate Identity:  1st Place- APTIM | 2nd Place- Johnston | 3rd Place- Kirksey Architecture 

Firm Brochure:  1st Place- APTIM | 2nd Place- Henderson Engineers

Mixed Media:  1st Place- Walter P Moore | 2nd Place- APTIM | 3rd Place- APTIM 

Social Media:  1st Place- DBR Engineering | 2nd Place- RPS | 3rd Place- Meeks Marketing, Inc.

Special Event/Holiday:  1st Place- Walter P Moore | 2nd Place- RPS | 3rd Place- Kirksey Architecture

Target Marketing:  1st Place- Kirksey Architecture | 2nd Place- RPS and Method Architecture | 3rd Place- Walter P Moore

Website:  1st Place- Kudela & Weinheimer Landscape Architects | 2nd Place- Walter P Moore | 3rd Place- Johnston

Best in Show:  APTIM– Corporate Brochure

Peers’ Choice:  Binkley & Barfield, Inc.– National PE Day Video



Co-Chair: Corey Lynch, PhiloWilke Partnership

Co-Chair: Kayla Kuhn, PhiloWilke Partnership

Andrew Sosniak, Satterfield & Pontikes

Carmen Houston, Pape-Dawson Engineers

Juanita Manor, Jones|Carter

Julia Nesson, Forney Construction

Julie Blanco, m Strategic Partners

Kailie Hyde, Kudela & Weinheimer

Kristina Moreland, EYP

Laketa Morris, Rogers O’Brien Construction

Melissa Wright, Johnston, LLC

Nicole Grabow, Kudela & Weinheimer

Sandy Roth, Fugro

Sara Mouton, Casa de Esperanza



Chair: Valerie Cesari, Clark Condon

Nikou McCarra, Walter P Moore

Kim Jones, Walter P Moore

Amber Timmermeyer, JE Dunn Construction

Katy Cartland, Walter P Moore


All event printing by GURROLA REPROGRAPHICS. For an electronic copy of the program book, click here.

All event photography by SLYWORKS PHOTOGRAPHY