Each year at this special event, Scenic Houston recognizes a community leader who has played a vital role in improving Houston’s appearance and image.

Walt M. Mischer, Jr. has spent his life fully vested in the vitality of the Houston region. Demonstrating his commitment to quality of life, Walt has devoted his career to developing livable communities and assuring access to healthcare services. Walt has supported Scenic Houston’s mission and spent countless hours leading economic development, transportation advocacy and education efforts that enhance Houston’s reputation as a vibrant community for residents and visitors. For shaping communities and enriching lives, Scenic Houston is proud to recognize Walt Mischer with its 2018 Scenic Visionary award.

Paul D. Chapman, a stalwart supporter of Scenic Houston, longtime member of its board of directors, and former chairman, was a man who lived “a life in full,” demonstrating undeniable love for his family, his friends, his alma maters, his hometown. Committed to “Houston Strong” long before it became a post-Hurricane Harvey slogan, Paul always understood that attention to distinctive, highly functional streetscapes and public spaces, in communities all across Houston, are what build a strong, dynamic city. Paul was dedicated to Scenic Houston because its mission perfectly aligned with his commitment to his Houston, his home. Scenic Houston gratefully remembers Paul D. Chapman as its Scenic Hero.

2018 Scenic Visionary
Walter M. Mischer, Jr.

2018 Scenic Hero
Paul D. Chapman
Awarded Posthumously to the Chapman family

Mayor Sylvester Turner shares insight on his personal involvement with Scenic Houston and friendship with Paul D. Chapman at the 2018 Scenic Houston Annual Dinner.
Walt M. Mischer, Jr. accepts the 2018 Scenic Visionary award for his commitment in developing high-quality, livable communities throughout the Greater Houston region. Walt honors his friend and Scenic Hero honoree Paul D. Chapman by sporting one of Paul's favorite hats.
Scenic Visionary honoree Walter M. Mischer, Jr., Cathy Chapman and Scenic Houston Board Chairman Derrick Mitchell at the Houston Country Club on October 25th, 2018 for Scenic Houston’s Annual Dinner.

Presented By



Bonner & George Ball  • BGE, Inc. • Susie & Joe Dilg • Jenny Elkins • Hines • HFF  • Jill & Dunham • Jewett • John P. McGovern Foundation • The Johnson Development Corp. • Elise & Russell Joseph • Nancy McGregor & Neal Manne• Mayer Brown • Memorial Hermann • Perry Homes Foundation • Judy & Charles Tate • Bonnie & David Weekley • Meg & Dick Weekley • W.E. O’Neil Construction


Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP • Linda & Les Allison • Amegy Bank  • Antunovich Associates • Bridgewood Property • Cadence Bank • Camden • CBRE • Wendy & Bill Chiles • Charter Title Company • Kathryn & Hank Coleman • Barbara & Jonathan Day • Patti & Richard Everett • Jeannette & Bart Fletcher • Anne & L.R. (Robin) French, III • Gauge Engineering • Allison & Web Golinkin • Houston Airport System • Donald Howell • Carrie Chapman & Robert Jamail • Ann & Johnny Johnson • Wendy & Mavis Kelsey • Kyle & John Kirksey • Jenna & Mel Klein • LJA Engineering • Mischer Investments • Beverly & Staman Ogilve• Peggy & Allan Port • Jan & Tom Simmons • Barbara & Louis Sklar • TBG • Elizabeth & Peter Wareing • Kay & Max Watson


Bracewell LLP • Ellie & Roy Camberg • Sylvie & Gary Crum • Ellen & Frank Donnelly • Truman Edminster • Cindy & David Fitch • Frost Bank • Gray Reed & McGraw / Glen Eichelberger • Lester & Thad Grundy • Diana & Russel Hawkins • Houston Trust Company • Mimi & Rob Kerr • MetroNational • Paula & George Morris • Phoebe & Gray Muzzy • Betty & Bob Palmquist • Timothy Moore • Walter P Moore • Wulfe & Co.

Past Honorees


Scenic Visionary, Walter M. Mischer, Jr.
Scenic Hero, Paul D. Chapman (Awarded Posthumously to the Chapman family)


Scenic Visionary, Sylvester Turner


Scenic Visionary, Larry D. Johnson


Scenic Visionary, Robert Duncan


Scenic Visionary, Richard J. Campo
Scenic Hero, Margaret Lloyd


Scenic Visionary, John W. Johnson
Scenic Initiative, H-E-B


Scenic Visionary, John Kirksey
Scenic Initiative, Central Houston


Scenic Visionary, Ann Lents
Scenic Integrity Award, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County


Scenic Visionary, Mayor Annise Parker


Scenic Visionary, Jonathan Day
Green Roads Award, Harris County Toll Road Authority


Scenic Visionaries, Cece and Mack Fowler
Scenic Hero, Kay Crooker
Scenic Initiative, Uptown Houston District


Scenic Visionary , Bob Lanier
Scenic Hero, Mary Lou Henry


40th Anniversary Scenic Visionaries: Gerald Hines, Carrol Shaddock, Bob Randolph, Eleanor Tinsley, Madeleine Appel, Bill Coats, Louis Sklar, Mavis Kelsey Jr.


Scenic Visionary, Jody Jiles
Green Roads Award, Gary Trietsch


Scenic Visionary, Mayor Bill White


Scenic Visionary, Sadie Gwin Blackburn


Scenic Visionary, Max Watson


Scenic Visionary , Ed Wulfe


Scenic Visionary, Cynthia and George Mitchell


Champion of Scenic Conservation, Eleanor Tinsley