Early Previews of Asia Society Texas Center Generate Praise

Shelby Hodge
culturemap, Houston
Jan. 28, 2012

The first of the week’s previews saw 150 well-heeled community supporters, hand-picked by philanthropists Nidhika and Pershant Mehta, explore the architecturally clean spaces of the 40,000-sf, $48.4 million center.

Of course, it was with a more critical eye that the architectural community inspected the new center on Thursday. Larry Burns, principal at Kendall/Heaton Associates, the local architect of record for the project, and several members of his team were on hand to discuss Taniguchi’s design with the party crowd, members of the American Institute of Architects.

That impressive group included Rice University architecture dean Sarah Whiting and Ron Witte, Carlos Jiménez, Carrie Glassman Shoemake, Rame and Russell Hruska, Dean Strombom, Joyce and Larry Sanders, Jory Alexander and Dr. Eli Mizrahi, Mimi Kilgore and Nonya Grenader.

The center opens to the public with four days of celebrations in mid-April.