Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
From the design of furniture and small buildings to cities, design exerts a lasting influence on the way we live. The way we interact with our world is at the heart of design, and design is consequential to our daily lives. The study of architecture and industrial design at the University of Houston is focused on design as the fundamental, essential activity of our discipline.
We seek applicants to our programs who possess mechanical inventiveness, aesthetic awareness, creativity, commitment, and initiative, qualities contributing to their potential to become leaders in architecture and design. We strive to produce graduates who question deeply and are skilled in their craft, who can utilize advanced technology and advanced methods of industrialized production, who understand and respect the power of design to shape our lives, and who are equipped to use their design skills to be effective in the world.
As a public college of architecture located in a major U.S. urban setting, we are able to take advantage of the numerous cultural, professional and industrial resources of the fourth largest American city. With its unique form and vitality, Houston provides an exceptional laboratory for exploring problems and potentials of contemporary society.