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Environmental Design Major

B.S. in Environmental Design
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

Degree Plan

Across its over 50-year history, the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston has remained focused on design as the fundamental, activity of our discipline. Environmental design graduates design environments according to what affects human behavior.  These individuals are also concerned with the surrounding environment and how it is affected by human interaction.  Environmental designers will design functional, safe, and economical structures that suit the needs of those who will use them.  They also design residential areas and parks to ensure that they are consistent with the surrounding environment. The College of Architecture seeks applicants to their programs who possess mechanical inventiveness, aesthetic awareness, creativity, commitment, and initiative contributing to their potential to become leaders in architecture and industrial design.


Freshman Admissions

Admission to the College of Architecture is normally for study beginning in the fall semester.  Applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements and may send a portfolio of supplementary information that might help influence admission into the college. All applications for freshman are due by March 1st prior to the fall semester of entry.

Transfer Admissions

First, applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements .  The application deadline is March 1st and is granted for the fall semester only. Applicants are encouraged to submit a non-returnable 8.5"x11" portfolio of supplementary information clearly marked with the student's name and PeopleSoft ID number.

Change of Major to Architecture or Industrial Design

Admission to the College of Architecture is normally for the fall semester only.  Submit a change of major petition to the College of Architecture by March 1.  Applicants may submit a portfolio of supplementary information . If supplementary information is submitted, it must be received at the College of Architecture by March 1. Enrollment in studio courses is restricted to students admitted to the college. Petitions received after March 1 will be considered on a space available basis only.

Students with Prior Design Work

Transcripts of any courses taken at colleges or universities other than UH should accompany the change of major petition.  Applicants must also submit a portfolio of academic design work which should contain examples of class work accomplished for credit and must be presented in an 8.5 x 11 inch format and contained in a binder, clearly marked with the applicant's name and contact information. Do not submit original work, only reproductions. The portfolio should be received by the College of Architecture by the March 1 application date.


UH Alumni from the College of Architecture have received offers as Architects, Architectural Drafters, Architectural Technicians, Project Coordinators, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .

Contact Information

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
122 College of Architecture Building
Houston, Texas 77204-4000
Phone: 713-743-2400

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