Dean, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
Patricia Oliver became the dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston in January, 2010. Since her arrival, she has instituted several new programs including designLAB, the Pan-American International Program, the Pan-Asian International Program, the Material Research Collaborative, and the Advanced Spatial Design Group. With designLAB, the professional arm of the college, Patricia is leading the Master Planning effort for all the University of Houston campuses.
Oliver became a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2009 and chaired the 2009 AIA National Convention in San Francisco. Oliver is currently on the Advisory Board for the Urban Land Institute, is the University of Houston Liaison to the AIA Houston Board of Directors, and has just completed a three-year term as Secretary of the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
Patricia served as Senior Vice President of Educational Planning and Architecture at Art Center College of Design before moving to Houston, and, prior to that, Associate Dean at the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. In her professional career, she has worked for such notable architects as Frank Gehry, Craig Hodgetts and Charles Moore, and owned her own firm, OKG (Oliver, Kurze, Georges) Architects, in Los Angeles.
Oliver received a Master of Architecture degree from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).