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Dean Patricia Belton Oliver, FAIA

Impact a world driven by design.

The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design offers its students a platform of integrated disciplines—Architecture, Interior Architecture and Industrial Design—from which to negotiate the complexities of contemporary practice in a world that is grappling with diminishing economic and natural resources, the realities of post disaster reconstruction, and at the same time, continued rapid urbanization. 

Our programs foster an environment where ideas find form, where practices that are socially equitable and fundamentally ecological establish a model from which to develop Houston’s future, and inform and share design strategies globally. 

“We teach with the idea that Houston is our laboratory, challenging students to push the boundaries of architecture and design in this complex and diverse metropolis, and therefore, make a difference in the world." 

- Dean Patricia Belton Oliver, FAIA, DPACSA  

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By the Numbers

  • #31out of the top 40 undergraduate architecture programs in the US (DesignIntelligence 2019-2020)
  • 1945year the College of Architecture was founded at UH
  • Top 7%of 508 architecture schools in the US (Architecture Colleges Rankings)
  • #6out of the top 10 Industrial Design programs in the US; #14 in the world (Red Dot)
  • 30years as a leader in Design/Build education
  • #14of the top 20 most hired from architecture schools (DesignIntelligence 2019-2020)
  • #5best value architecture school in US (College Factual)

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