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Materials Research Collaborative (MRC)

The Materials Research Collaborative (MRC) at the University of Houston College of Architecture and Design serves as a materials resource for material discovery, innovation, instruction, and research for the 700 students at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and area professionals. The MRC has developed a web-based database that catalogs the physical materials in its collection. On-going work of the MRC includes uncovering new and innovative materials, cataloging the physical samples, and researching and inputting data regarding the specific extrinsic and intrinsic properties of these materials. The MRC is also engaged in specific material research projects such as a databases of local materials, LEED v 4 consulting, and carbon emissions analysis of buildings.

This work is funded by our Firm Partner: Page and our Founding Partners: Page Southerland PageKendall/Heaton, and Gensler and our supporters: Architecture Center Houston Foundation, the University of Houston Green Building Components programSkanska USA, and the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design.
To learn more about the MRC or to suggest other Houston makers please contact Donna Kacmar at or call 713-743-2400.

MRC Materials Database

Made In Texas

Made in Houston

Reuse in Houston

Local Materials List/H5h (PDF)

Local Materials List/H1h (PDF)


MRC Fall 2018 + Spring 2019 Semester Hours

Tuesday + Thursday + Fridays ONLY: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

To visit MRC at other times or during school breaks, please contact Donna Kacmar via email: