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Architecture & Design Alumni Association

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to inspire, engage, and support the alumni, students, faculty, and staff of the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design through an inclusive community that promotes professional development and collaborative partnerships that heighten the profile of the Hines College of Architecture and Design.

Our vision is to create a life-long alumni network through connections and service that enhances pride and promotes the relevancy of design.

View the Architecture and Design Alumni Association Bylaws.

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  • The Ambassadorship Committee focuses on projecting the CoAD Alumni Association to students, faculty, staff, and community at large. Some of their initiatives have included: alumni spotlights, the Alumni Association social media, firm visits, and building and maintaining relationships with other Alumni Associations.

  • The Awards Committee will develop and maintain a program of awards that promote CoAD alumni who are making an impact in their community.

  • The Events Committee assists the university in coordinating important events for CoAD alumni. Some of their initiatives have included: the annual holiday party, happy hours, and the pre-career fair reception.

  • The Governance Committee will ensure that the bylaws are maintained and there is a consistent transition of officers.

  • The Student Engagement Committee will focus on connecting the student community with alumni and professional communities. Some of their initiatives include: stress relieving events during Jury Week, Career Fair Prep Events, and partnering with Student Organization events.

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Dianca Chase, Director, Alumni RelationsDianca Chase joined the Hines College of Architecture + Design as Director, Alumni Relations in May 2022. In this capacity, she acts as liaison between the College’s Alumni Association and the College to promote alumni engagement among current and future alumni. 

Prior to joining the CoAD, Dianca worked in various areas within the University of Houston System including academic advising, program management, and development at the Hilton College and College of Education. Most recently, she was a senior recruiter for the MBA program in the College of Business at the University of Houston – Downtown. 

Dianca earned a masters in higher education administration from Texas Tech University and a B.A. in communication studies with a specialization in organizational communication from Purdue University. She serves as mentor through the East End Chamber of Commerce. 

Dianca is a native Houstonian and enjoys reading fiction, biographies, and US political history books, watching documentaries, and driving aimlessly through the streets of Houston to discover the ever-changing landscape.

Dianca Chase, M.Ed.
Director, Alumni Relations