Hines College of Architecture

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University of Houston
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
Type Public
Established 1956
Parent institution
University of Houston
Dean Patricia Belton Oliver
Undergraduates 700+[1]
Postgraduates 100+[1]
Location Houston, Texas, United States
29°43′28″N 95°20′30″W / 29.724398°N 95.341554°W / 29.724398; -95.341554Coordinates: 29°43′28″N 95°20′30″W / 29.724398°N 95.341554°W / 29.724398; -95.341554
Campus Urban
Website www.arch.uh.edu

The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture was founded in 1956 and is one of twelve academic colleges of the University of Houston. It offers both undergraduate and graduate level degree programs. In March 1997, Gerald D. Hines donated $7 million to the College of Architecture and the school responded by renaming the architecture school after him. The gift was the largest ever received by the architecture school and among the 10 largest gifts received by the University of Houston.

The UH College of Architecture building designed by Philip Johnson
Interior of the Hines College of Architecture building.


The Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) was founded in 1987 with a permanent $3 million endowment gift provided by the Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation. In 2003, the Masters Program was founded. It is the world’s only Master of Science in Space Architecture program.[2][3]

In 2014, SICSA was re-located to the Cullen College of Engineering (CCOE) at the University of Houston, and its multidisciplinary Masters of Space Architecture degree program designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a MS "STEM degree". The program is growing and partnering with other universities and aerospace companies. It presently is also involved in conceptual design of the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Field, and working with Boeing on Mars Transit Habitat designs. Applications for a MS in Space Architecture degree are accessible from the College of Engineering web site. https://www.egr.uh.edu/academics/graduate-programs. Current SICSA Director is Professor Bonnie J. Dunbar, retired astronaut and Space Shuttle engineer.


University of Houston Green Building Components

The mission of the Green Building Components program in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture is to design, develop, and commercialize green building components and systems across the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Industries, and to increase the presence of sustainable technology in the built environment.[4][5]

Rankings and awards[edit]

The Industrial Design Program was the winner of IDSA National Student Merit Award - Southern District Champion of 2010 and 2011. Chicago International Housewares Show - Student Design Competition - first place 2011, 2012 first place, and 2014 first place. The Industrial Design Program was ranked 14th among Universities in the United States and Europe in Red Dot Design Ranking 2014.[6]


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