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December 07, 2016



ID+RED is a showcase for social and community design created by the University of Houston’s Industrial Design program and serves as a platform for sharing knowledge with and among local stakeholders. 

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August 01, 2016

Fall 2016 Events


Events of the semester  

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August 08, 2016

Pan-American Studio


The Pan-American Studio is an international summer study program in architecture with coursework and a research agenda focusing on studying the architecture and urban development of Ibero-American cities.  

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August 21, 2016

European Metropolis Studio


Observing historical and contemporary urban patterns critically allowed for speculations on the future of the city. Emphasis was given to the relationship between cities, the phenomenology of place, the making of architecture,  

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September 12, 2016

UH alumna revisits College of Architecture

The expansive entrance hall of the College of Architecture was abuzz with anticipation because of a lecture from a UH alumna who now co-owns an architecture firm — in France.  

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May 26, 2016

Students exhibition Water/Earth featured on blog

The WE, Water, Earth project currently on display at Café Brasil is the result of a semester of work by UH COADstudents in Professor Cynthia Dehlavi's Visualizing Data: Diagram and Mapping course. The students work was recently featured by local blogger, “Adventures of Geo Girl” .  

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May 17, 2016

Student Designs Reawaken Dowling Street

Houston Chronicle highlights students concepts on Dowling street. In the late 1940s, there were almost 120 stores along Dowling Street between Interstate 45 and Alabama, once the commercial spine of the Third Ward. Like any thriving neighborhood, there were restaurants, movie theaters and grocery stores, tailors, printers and car shops. A recent survey of the area shows only about 20 businesses operating today.

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April 21, 2016
COAD Coogs leave their mark on the UH campus
Our COAD Coogs are leaving their mark on the UH campus. A team of our architecture and interior architecture students have won a student competition to design the Stadium Tailgate Commemorative Marker at TDECU Stadium. Their design will be built in the tailgate area in front of the stadium. The marker is to commemorate the contibutions that UH students made to the completion of the new stadium. Congrats to Abran Arvizu, Afreen Ali, Alex Bishop, and Vy Truong.

January 26, 2016

UH Faculty wins ACSA Diversity Achievement Award

Congratulations to Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design faculty members: Jason Logan, Gregory Marinic, Ziad Qureshi, Josh Robbins and Susan Rogers on their ACSA award submission.

The ACSA Diversity Achievement Award recognizes the work of faculty, administrators, or students in creating effective methods and models to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel, and student bodies, specifically to incorporate the participation and contributions of historically under-represented groups or contexts.

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December 16, 2015

News Highlights UH Students Urban Farms

Fifth year student Alejandra Cervantes taped Viva! Houston about the Hope Farms project in Sunnyside. The show aired December 13, 2015 at 12:30 on KTRK Ch. 13. The farm story was also carried by the Houston Defender.

December 14, 2015

ID+Green Exhibition Covered in Houston Public Media

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December 14, 2015

UHCOAD Alumni Featured in The University of Houston Magazine

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December 4, 2015

Industrial Design Graduate Program Presents Design+Dialogue: Made in Houston 

December 4, 2015

ID+Green Exhibition Highlighted on Houston Public Media

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November 3, 2015

ID+Green Reception to Be Held at UHCOAD

October 13, 2015

Press Coverage of GDH90 Birthday Celebration and Hines Architectural Forum

Houston Chronicle

Houston Business Journal

Houston Culture Map

The Dallas Morning News

September 24, 2015

Former Adjunct Professor Remembered

Charles Reilly Tapley, Houston architect, landscape architect, teacher and mentor, and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, died peacefully after a lengthy illness on Monday, September 21, 2015. For full story click here.

August 3, 2015

Inside/Out Exhibition

July 14, 2015

The Center for Sustainability and Resilience Presents Research Symposium

May 8, 2015

Campus Master Plan Lays Groundwork for Future of University

As the University of Houston inches closer to turning 100 in a little over a decade, the wheels are in motion to ensure the campus continues to mature in a positive way. The framework of that success is laid out in Phase 1 of the 2015-2020 master plan that takes into account various long-term goals that all share one major vision: student success. 

The master plan's stated purpose is to provide a living guide to the integration of short- and long-term planning efforts toward the physical enhancement of the University. "We are literally laying the groundwork for the year 2027, which is not too far over the horizon, but is such an important benchmark for the life of our institution that we are planning now for that long-term target," said Patrick Peters, a professor in the College of Architecture.

The College of Architecture¹s in-house design studio designLAB was responsible for collecting the near-term physical aspirations of the University¹s colleges, departments and programs to develop Phase 1 of the master plan efforts. The master plan work will be updated annually so that this document remains reflective of the current needs of the University and its programs. Phase 1 of the well-thought-out plan addresses a host of needs ranging from parking to residential housing to infrastructure projects.

"The planning process allows us to weave into the future the values that we embrace from our past, while responding to the complexities and necessary growth and maturation of the University," said College of Architecture Dean Patricia Oliver.

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April 8, 2015

Hines Student Headed to Smithsonian

Ben Lueders, a 3rd year architecture major from Omaha, Nebraska  is one of 5 UH students who will have internships at the Smithsonian this summer. Read more on story here.

April 8, 2015

Professor's Project Appears on ARCHITECT Magazine

The keynote speaker at National Conference on Beginning Design Students, Blaine Brownell, contacted Professors Meg Jackson and Michael Gonzales for an interview after the recent NCBDS presentation.  His post about the future of BCI (brain computer interfaces) and architecture appears in the online version of ARCHITECT Magazine.  The work Michael and Meg have been doing with the students is featured in this article here.

Februrary 13, 2015

The Award Winning 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale Exhibition

January 22, 2015

Assistant Professor Marta Rodriguez, Ph.D. Work Featured In "Architecture: The Whole Story"

Recent article published in an encyclopedia by Thames & Hudson, titled Architecture: The Whole Story (London, 2014): 460-461.

January 22, 2015

Interior Architecture Student Ana Sotelo Awarded the 2014 AIA Student Design Excellence Award

The AIA Fort Worth Student Excellence in Design Awards program awarded Ana Cristina Sotelo, an Interior Architecture student at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture/University of Houston, an Award of Merit for her project 'Labyrinthian Lattice'. Four awards were given in this annual competition. Ana's project will be presented at the AIA Fort Worth Awards Ceremony at the Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion Auditorium on January 24, 2015 at 10am. Ana will be personally recognized at the event with an award certificate by the president of AIA Fort Worth, as well as have her slideshow presented to the audience.

Obsolete Retail and Adaptive Reuse

In Fall 2014, the INAR 4500 Interior Architecture studio examined retail change and suburban shopping malls in the mid-continental United States. Beginning in Laredo at the international border along I-35, dead malls reveal on-going changes in production and consumption—a retail landscape built for 1970s suburban homogeneity has become increasingly multicultural and hybridized. As a design-research intensive studio, the semester began with the documentation and analysis of under-performing malls along the I-35 and I-45 interstate corridors. Students identified sites for adaptive intervention, engaging social, cultural, and ecological parameters to reconsider these obsolete suburban 'infrastructures' through radical transformation.

The Highland Mall opened in 1971 as Austin's first enclosed mall. Since that time, it began to lose popularity by the 1990s and has become virtually abandoned. Although the mall has lost considerable retail activity and awaits redevelopment, it has increasingly become more attractive to bird migration. The Purple Martin uses Highland Mall as a nesting ground from July through early September when thousands of birds descend upon the rooftop and parking field. Through this process, Highland Mall has become an unlikely bird sanctuary, attracting urban bird-watchers from the Austin metropolitan area and beyond.

This project, 'Labyrinthian Lattice', proposes the radical redevelopment of Highland Mall through its adaptive reuse into a regional bird sanctuary, aviary, wildlife educational facility. and veterinarian clinic. The proposal engages building obsolescence and programmatic migration to redesign Highland Mall into a porous 'building-landscape' supporting wildlife within an urban context.

Studio: INAR 4500 Interior Architecture Studio VII / Fall 2014
Student: Ana Cristina Sotelo
Project Title: 'Labyrinthian Lattice'
Instructors: Gregory Marinic, Ziad Qureshi
Awarded: AIA Student Design Excellence Award of Merit 2014, AIA Fort Worth

October 7, 2014

Hines Students featured at University of Oklahoma Event

Nineteen students from the Interior Architecture and graduate Architecture programs will be featured in the forthcoming 'Creating_Making Forum' hosted by the College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, November 5-7, 2014.  The conference promotes collaboration, critical inquiry, and curiosity about creating, making, and the intersections of creating and making in the design-related disciplines. 

The peer-review committee was "overwhelmingly impressed with the quality of both the graphics and research..."

Projects will be featured in a design/research exhibition solicited from a national call.

Congratulations to the following students for their efforts, as well as faculty members Jason Logan and Ziad Qureshi for their collaboration and guidance:

Interior Architecture students:

Matthew Caballero, Minelya De Leon, Joseph Echavarria, Arianne Gonzato, Joshua Hollie, Emily Keller, Roni Kop, Francisco Salas, Francesca Sosa, Ana Sotelo

Graduate Architecture students:

Bernard Adeshina, Courtney Doss-Lomas, Jessica Fleming, Zoe Gao, Zachary Haines, Clark Harrington, Keung Park, Alex Pickard, Javier Vesga

October 7, 2014

Hines Students features at Undergraduate Research Day

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October 7, 2014

Fall Lecture Series with Tomohiko Yamanashi

Through Japanese architectural works designed by NIKKEN SEKKEI, this lecture tries to show you how to use BIM to realize high quality design based on the concept of mass-customization, not based on 20th century concept of mass-production. This free lecture will take place on November 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the College of Architecture Theater, Room 150.

June 16, 2014

Chronicle covers Hines Students Shoe Designs

June 09, 2014

President Khator at Venice Biennale with Hines Students

President of University of Houston, Renu Khator, writes a blog post about her time with Hines students in Venice. Read more here:

May 28, 2014

Hines Students and Wilsonart Top 20 at ICFF Show in NYC

May 21, 2014

Time Space Existence VIP Preview Party

April 29, 2014

“What’s Your ID: Design + Dialogue” 10th Annual Exhibition & Anniversary Event

April 22, 2014

University Commencement FAQs

The College of Architecture, along with the Cullen College of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics will hold university commencement exercises on Friday, May 9th from 9am - 11am in the Hofheinz Pavillon.

Apply for Graduation
Students must apply for graduation through their myUH (PeopleSoft) accounts.
After logging into your myUH account, go to Apply for Graduation. The last day for regular filing is February 21. A fee of $25 will be charged to your account for each degree.
Late filing begins on February 22 and ends on March 21. A fee of $50 will be charged to your account for each degree.
No students are allowed to apply for graduation after March 21.
Students who do not file for graduation will not graduate or receive their degrees.

Students who graduated in Fall 2013 are also invited to attend. Current email addresses must be updated in myUH for all students, including fall graduates.
Students who have applied for graduation through myUH will be notified of additional graduation details by email.
The commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 9th at 9am in Hofheinz Pavillon. The ceremony will include graduates from the Cullen College of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, as well as the College of Architecture.

All graduating students must report to O'Quinn Great Hall in the Athletics/Alumni Center to line up for the commencement processional at 8am.

All graduating students must be in regalia to participate. Regalia can be purchased at the UH bookstore beginning April 22-May 8. Online ordering is available February 22-March 15 at

Students graduating with Latin Honors can pick up honor cords from the Student Services Office beginning May 5th through May 8th. Make sure to return them to the Student Services Office in the College of Architecture Building at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony if you plan to participate in the College of Architecture's Awards Ceremony on May 9th. The cords will be presented to you during the Awards Ceremony program. The cords do not need to be returned after the Awards Ceremony.

Students are asked not to bring any bags, purses, or other valuables since there will be no place to store them during the ceremony. Seating during the ceremony may change. Belongings left behind are at risk of being lost.

Students Requiring Accommodations for the Commencement
Registered CSD Students needing any additional services or have special requests must notify the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) at least 2 WEEKS prior to their scheduled commencement ceremony. Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) can be reached at (713) 743-5400 or for any additional assistance and/or specific questions.

Non CSD Registered graduates, parents and guests needing any additional services or have special needs will need to contact the commencement coordinators within their college no later than 2 weeks (April 25, 2014) prior to their scheduled ceremony for any additional assistance or requests. For the college of Architecture, please contact Abby Corcoran at

Commencement Deadlines

February 21, 2014: Last day for Regular Filing for Graduation.

Students need to apply through their myUH accounts. To apply, go to Apply for Graduation. A $25 fee will be charged to your account for each degree.

February 22, 2014-March 21, 2014: Late Graduation Filing Begins.

Any student who missed the regular filing deadline can file for late graduation through myUH. To apply, Apply for Graduation. A $50 fee will be charged to your account for each degree.

April 25, 2014: Last Day to Notify the  Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD)  for seating and access requests.

Registered CSD Students needing any additional services or have special requests must notify the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) at least 2 WEEKS prior to their scheduled commencement ceremony. Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) can be reached at (713) 743-5400 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting Description: skype-ie-addon-data://res/numbers_button_skype_logo.png(713) 743-5400 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting or for any additional assistance and/or specific questions.

Non CSD Registered graduates, parents and guests needing any additional services or have special needs will need to contact the commencement coordinators within their college no later than 2 weeks (April 25, 2014) prior to their scheduled ceremony for any additional assistance or requests. For the college of Architecture, please contact Abby Corcoran at

May 9, 2014: Commencement Ceremony  
The commencement ceremony will be hosted in the Hofheinz Pavilion, beginning at 9am. Students must report to the O'Quinn Great Hall in the Athletics/Alumni Center in full regalia by 8am.

Awards Ceremony
College of Architecture Awards Ceremony FAQs The College of Architecture's Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 9 at 1pm in the atrium of the College of Architecture building.

The information provided below is intended to address important details about this graduation event for graduates, their families and guests. For more information or assistance, please call the College of Architecture's Student Services Office at 713-743-3463 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting Description: skype-ie-addon-data://res/numbers_button_skype_logo.png713-743-3463 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting unless otherwise specifically noted.

Students will not be notified of what awards or honors they will receive until the day of the ceremony.

Graduates are expected to arrive at 11:30am or following the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony. Class photos will be taken at 12:00pm. Late arrivals will not be included in the class photos, which will be taken on the stairs of the south-side entrance of the College of Architecture building. Class photos will be taken at the awards ceremony only. This will not be offered as part of the commencement ceremony. Information on how to order photos will be sent to graduates at a later date.

Immediately after taking class photos, all graduates will go to the east wing of the second floor of the College of Architecture building to line up for the processional.

Design awards will be presented based on the selections made by a distinguished panel of local, regional and international jurors.

Student leadership awards will be presented.

Graduates with the highest grade point averages (undergraduate valedictorian and highest ranked graduate) will offer remarks on behalf of their graduating classes.

All graduates will have their names read as they cross the stage.

Students who have earned Latin honors will also be recognized.

Students with guests who require special seating in order to accommodate physical disabilities or health issues can request assistance for special seating. Forms will be emailed to all graduating seniors.

COA Awards Ceremony Deadlines
February 21: Deadline to apply for graduation through myUH, $25 application fee for each degree.
March 21: Deadline to apply for graduation through myUH, $50 application fee for each degree. Students who apply online by March 21 will be included in the printed program.
April 25: Deadline to submit Special Seating Request forms to Assistant Dean Trang Phan via email or through Student Services Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I not getting the college's emails about graduation? My friends are forwarding copies of your announcements to me.
All students who filed to graduate in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 through myUH by March 21st have been included in the college's graduation email groups. Only UH email addresses are listed as part of the email groups. Students are reminded that they MUST point their primary email to their UH email accounts to receive the college's emails regarding graduation. If you have a friend who is not getting these emails, please pass this information along.

When and where is the awards ceremony?
The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, May 9th at 1pm in the College of Architecture atrium.

Will my name be listed in the awards ceremony program?
Students who apply through myUH by March 21st will be included in the printed program.
Is it mandatory to attend the CoA's awards ceremony and not commencement? Participation in either the awards ceremony or general commencement is optional. All students are encouraged to attend both.

Will we be notified of the awards we will receive before the awards ceremony?
Students attending will be notified during the ceremony.

March 22, 2014

UH Industrial Designer Graduate ‘Connects’ With International Housewares Association Honors

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March 19, 2014

Texas Architect magazine features Gerald D. Hines Industrial Design Class

February 28, 2014

University of Houston’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture receives Invitation to Exhibit 3 Con

Houston, Texas – The University of Houston’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture has received an invitation to attend and exhibit the 3 Continents Studio project at the 2014 Venice Biennale.  On February 18, 2014, Dean Patricia Oliver received the invitation for the 3 Continents Studio to travel to Venice to exhibit their work along with their architectural partners from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Technical University, Delft, The Netherlands,  Tulane University, New Orleans and visiting faculty Michael Rotundi.

The Three Continents Studio’s invitation to appear in the Venice Biennale marks the 3rd Biennale appearance for “Risky Habit [at]: Dynamic Living on a Delta” in 2013-2014.  The 3 Continents Studio has attended the Buenos Aries Biennale and will be attending the Rotterdam Biennale in May 2014.  This is the first time that the Gerald D Hines College of Architecture has been invited to attend the Venice Biennale. Over 200,000 visitors will be able to view the work of the University of Houston Students and faculty.

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Dean Patricia Oliver said, “This accomplishment has been a two year journey with the collaboration of four different international institutions across three different continents. The College is taking a leadership role in tackling urban issues on a global scale.”

The Three Continents Studio was created for architecture students to explore how Houston, the fourth largest city with one of the busiest shipping ports in the United States adjacent to the fourth largest estuary in the United States, could develop compatible strategies for an industrialized, urban city on the water’s edge.
“Fifty Percent of the world’s population lives on deltas’. These students used Houston’s ship channel as an example of delta issues and produced very compelling solutions that can be utilized by urban areas across the world” , stated professor Peter Zweig who led the students involved in 3 Continents.

This year’s Venice Biennale is directed by Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipient in 2010 and Pritzker Prize recipient in 2000, Rem Koolhaas.  The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture team will share their palazzo with Pritzker Prize winners Richard Rogers, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Ricardo Bofill, and architectural notable Marlin Blackwell FAIA.

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This studio was made possible by sponsors Jane Dale Owen, UPS, The Susan Vaughan Foundation, Gerald D. Hines, the Phillips Johnson Visiting Faculty Endowment, Wilsonart, Entergy and the University of Houston.