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April 24, 2024 – NEWH Houston had a nerdy good time at our Forever Nerds Trivia Night Membership Drive! There was plenty of networking, libations, snacks, three trivia games for team prizes and some amazing raffle prizes! Thank you to Workplace Solutions for offering up their beautiful showroom for our event and to our wonderful sponsors, Shaw Contract, Momentum Wall Coverings, Blackribbit Consulting, Reader’s Wholesale, 3Form, Laso Design, Stone Source and Crossville Tile! click here to view full album


February 22, 2024 – NEWH Houston held its 2023 Scholarship Winner event and Thompson Houston Tour. click here to view full album





October 11, 2023 – CEO and Founder of Zanti Cocina Italiana, Santiago Pelaez, gave us an exclusive insight on how to take a restaurant from concept to creation. After some networking time with Santiago, he gave us a personal guided tour of his restaurant from front of the house to back of the house. He even shared a few secrets on how they create their fresh and amazing dishes and how every detail of their patron’s experience was painstakingly planned and thought through to ensure a memorable experience of taste, smell and visual excellence.

After the tour, we were treated to a personal wine pairing and taste testing of their extensive wine vault. It was a beautiful night to be remembered!
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October 15, 2019 – NEWH Houston hosted their annual Scholarship Gala on October 15th, 2019. Andaaz Collection was the event underwriter, with other event sponsors including MDC, Atlas-Masland, Smith Brown, WHL Spaces, Superior Seating Hospitality, Readers Wholesale, Emser, and Karndean. A special thanks to all our event sponsors and décor provider, For All Occasions, for making this evening a success.

The evening’s activities included a live painting done by local artist Leslie Gaworecki, keynote speech by local celebrity chef and former Top Chef Masters contestant Monica Pope, as well as raffles and a live auction. The chapter also recognized this year’s scholarship winners – Olubukola Saba of the Art Institute of Houston ($8k), Madison White of Louisiana State University ($4k), Olivia Ramirez of the Art Institute of Houston ($4k), Check Traore of Houston Community College ($2.5k), and Melanie Thizy of the University of Houston ($1.5k). In addition to honoring this year’s student scholars, this event helped the Houston chapter raise over $20,000 for scholarship funds for 2020 recipients.


February 19, 2019Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for happy hour at St. Arnold’s! Can’t wait to show you all what we have in store for the rest of 2019!





April 17, 2018 – NEWH/Houston toured Hotel Alessandra.





November 1, 2017 – NEWH Houston held its scholarship gala at The Merrill House. Attendees enjoyed music, cocktails, live and silent auctions!





September 26, 2017 – We hosted our annual student day event at the Knoll Showroom this year. We had a great turnout and everyone loved the new showroom! Thank you to all the students as well as design firms that came out and donated their time to get to know one another. The students really appreciated the one on one time with each design professional!





June 20, 2017 – Trivia Night was a huge success for our first year hosting one! There was a good mix of new and current members from the design, hospitality and sales industries. Everyone we spoke with really enjoyed the event – it’s definitely something we’ll include on next year’s lineup! Thanks to everyone that attended as well as our great MC for the night, Melanie Arena!






May 16 2017 – We held our CEU event at Houston’s Haiku Homes & Big Ass Fans Showroom – what a beautiful showroom space. Thanks for hosting our event!  We offered two CEU programs, the first being the Noise Around Acoustics led by MDC. The second, was the ADA Compliant Plumbing Products for Accessible Kitchen & Baths led by Delta. Thank you so much for coming out to teach us, and thank you to our members who joined us!




April 27, 2017 – Our 2017 Hotel Tour was at the Marriott Marquis downtown Houston!  We were lead by the design team with the vision for this project, Laura Mitzner Paletz, RIDA Development & Julianne Cary, Looney & Associates Dallas.  We had a great turnout and the hotel is absolutely beautiful!




November 15, 2016 – NEWH/Houston held a Food Drive and Networking Social at Revolver Bourbon Social. Thanks so much to everyone who came out for the food drive event! It was great seeing so many new faces and together we collected over 600 pounds of goods to donate to the Houston Food Bank. Congratulations to the team at Eggersman Kitchens for collecting the most items! Thank you to our sponsor – Architex!




October 18, 2016 – NEWH/Houston hosted a Student Day, giving students the opportunity to network with industry professionals.





September 20, 2016 – NEWH/Houston hosted its annual casino night fundraiser entitled “Swingin Speakeasy” held at ShareSpace EaDo.







July 19, 2016 – NEWH/Houston hosted a CEU “THe Art Factor: The Unexpected Impact of Art in the Built Environment” and “Sustainable Flooring Systems” at the Daltile Tile and Stone Gallery.






June 21, 2016 – NEWH/Houston held a wine tasting and pairing with a design tour at Beckrew Wine House.







April 26, 2016 – NEWH/Houston held a membership drive at Gorgeous Gael.

March 15, 2016 – NEWH/Houston held a networking social at the Nouveau Antique Art Bar.







February 16, 2016 – NEWH/Houston held its Toast to the Future featuring Stacy Garcia as guest speaker.







February 5, 2016 – NEWH Houston hosted a NEWH Regional Tradeshow at the JW Marriott Houston.







December 15, 2015 – NEWH Houston held a Holiday Event and Toy Drive at The Houston Zoo.







October 15, 2015 – NEWH/Houston held a Student Day – bringing together top Hospitality, Architecture, Interior Design, and Culinary Professionals to network with local students studying in the hospitality field. Students had the opportunity to hear professionals talk about their businesses, type of work, and the path they took to get where they are today. Students also had an opportunity to ask questions and learned more about NEWH Houston’s upcoming scholarships.





September 15, 2015 – NEWH/Houston held a Restaurant Tour at Peska Seafood Culture – designed by Gensler.







June 23, 2015 – NEWH/Houston sponsored a tour of the new University of Houston TDECU football stadium. Since we give scholarships to students of the University of Houston, this was an exciting opportunity to tour the newest building on the campus. The new stadium broke ground on February 8, 2013 and held it’s first game on August 29, 2014 against University of Texas – San Antonio. Page Southerland Page in Houston and DLR Group are the architects on record. Gensler Houston assisted with many of the FF&E selections, especially in the Club Lounge and the Suites. Thanks to our sponsors Kaiser Tile, Dansbyland, and American Standard, we started the evening with networking and cocktails in the Club Lounge, a 12,400 square foot multi-purpose club overlooking the field.  After brief introductions, Kellie Scruggs of Gensler Houston, described what it was like to work on a university project as well as what challenges they ran into. Attendees were then taken on a full tour throughout the stadium, including suites, the press box, the home locker room, and even down on the field. Although the event was postponed a week due to the flooding in Houston, we had a successful turnout of about 30 members and nonmembers for a very unique tour.


May 19, 2015 – NEWH/Houston hosted a networking social at The Honeymoon.







April 21, 2015 – NEWH/Houston held a hotel tour at the JW Marriott Downtown.







March 24, 2015 – NEWH/Houston held its Lasso Membership Drive at Spotlight Karaoke – a raffle was held to win a free NEWH membership!





February 17, 2015 – NEWH/Houston hosted its Fire and Ice Scholarship Dinner and Auction.







November 18, 2014 – Mid-Rise Living Meets High-Rise Luxury – NEWH/Houston toured The Fairmont Museum District with its newest additions of the Clubroom, leasing area and exterior courtyard.




August 19, 2014 – NEWH/Houston held its 3rd annual Casino Night – Fundraiser and Masquerade – at  The DeGaulle Lounge | Hughes Hangar. Food, drinks, live auction, mask design contest and gambling was enjoyed by all!




July 22, 2014 – NEWH/Houston event at Springbok.




June 17, 2014 – NEWH/Houston enjoyed an event at KUU Restaurant and met designer Si Dang.





February 4, 2014 – NEWH Houston held its annual scholarship event the historic Majestic Metro theater in downtown. Attendees enjoyed dinner and an auction to celebrate its scholarship recipients. Toby Artman of Art Institute Houston was awarded a $2000 scholarship and is now serving at the student liaison on our board as a graduating senior. LSU, had two scholarship winners; Tracy Manuel received $2000 and our top award this year went to fellow Tiger, Ellie Boggs with a $4000 scholarship.




In 2013, Houston Chapter did it up BIG!  We enjoyed many great events during the year.  Our “fun”d-raiser was Casino Night held in August at the Saint Arnold Brewery.  In the Fall, we continued our Designer Showcase series.  This year, Chase Collaborative was the featured design firm.  This is an opportunity for local firms to highlight projects from around the US that we would otherwise not see.  In December, we held our annual Toy Drive benefitting the Star of Hope.  It was held at the recently renovated historic Lancaster Hotel in the theater district and a tour conducted by lead designer / board member (Sustainability Chair), Kellie Scruggs and Nancy Nodler, Principle with Gensler hospitality – Houston.