Alumni Spotlight: Fernando Brave (M.Arch. '88)
An accomplished architect, Fernando Brave (M.Arch '88) reflects on his firm's practices: "I am particularly fond of the fact that we primarily serve community-based projects. We work with clients whose missions are, in different ways, to improve the quality of life in the region."
A Winning Combination: Barbeque and Scholarships
What started as a barbeque competition ended with a new student scholarship for the Hines College. THR3E Design awarded the Hines College a gift of $5,000 – the first gift supporting a $25,000 endowed student scholarship.
The fourth annual Global Footwear Awards (GFA) winners included recent University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design industrial design graduate Toluwalase Adedipe ('23) who designed Flyte, inspired by animals like dragonflies and geckos.
DIMENSION Magazine - Fall 2023
The fall 2023 edition of the Hines College's award-winning magazine highlights how our students, faculty, and alumni are making waves in the design community developing accessible design for those most in need, envisioning new approaches to the past, and challenging each other as architects and designer. Discover how our research and innovation are pushing the boundaries of design.
Design Students Who Mean Business
A new wave of entrepreneurs is emerging this holiday season — University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design students are leveraging their talents to navigate the intersection of creativity and commerce.
Alumni Spotlight: Cindy Villarreal ('07)
Cindy Villarreal, AIA, MBA, WELL AP ('07) finds her diverse work rewarding as well as being an example of a minority woman architect. She said, "There were many voices (and statistics) along the way that all said my becoming a registered architect was highly unlikely, but the voice inside me that believed I would be was the loudest. I hope to be that positive voice for someone."
Hines College Students Organizations You Should Know: The Architecture Lobby at UH
The Architecture Lobby at UH has returned to help students prepare for careers through workshops, learning about firm culture, and how to apply for internships. The Lobby also hosted sessions with industry professionals, allowing students an opportunity to candidly discuss the profession.
Alumni Spotlight: Sean Fleming (MAAS '20)
Sean Fleming (MAAS '20) studied architecture history before continuing his studies at the Hines College. Now a photographer, he shared, "Many architectural photographers I look up to were once architects themselves or formally studied design, and I believe their education shows in their work."
Celebrating 20 Years of Industrial Design
The Hines College celebrated its Industrial Design program's 20th anniversary on November 17 with a day of learning, networking, and celebratory events. Established in 2003 as the only ID in Texas and the surrounding four-state region, the program has risen to the top quickly, garnering international acclaim from the design community.
Hines Researchers Partner with City of Houston to Address Resiliency
Professor Bruce Race, Ph.D., joined by assistant professors Mili Kyropoulou and Dalia Munenzon, will partner with the City of Houston to help address resiliency and stormwater and heat island mitigation in the Fifth Ward. A $1 million grant from the EPA will fund their work with the community.
UH Architecture and Engineering Team’s Thermodynamic House to Compete in Housing Event
A UH team of architects, engineers and designers will put their creative minds to the test as part of a new competition to design innovative, unique and fully operational homes to lead the housing transformation and showcase their talents.
Building Heights in Education and Industry
Hines College professor Joe Colaco recently won the AIA Houston 2023 Educator of the Year Award. Growing up admiring the complexities of building design, for the last 53 years Colaco prepared students to pursue careers in architecture and engineering, hoping to pass along technical knowledge and skills to budding architects. Read more about his experiences.
Alumni Spotlight: Alyse Makarewicz ('97)
Alyse Makarewicz ('97) studied architecture to combine her analytical and creative strengths. Since then, she started her firm 18 years ago to help keep women in architecture. Recently, AMB Architects was selected as AIA Houston's Firm of the Year 2023.
Recent Graduate Develops 3D Printable Prostheses to Restore Amputees' Finger Mobility
David Edquilang ('22) first designed Lunet as an undergraduate industrial design student at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. The design, honored with multiple international awards, is a groundbreaking, easy-to-use 3D printable finger prosthesis that offers amputees a low-cost solution to restore finger functionality.
Envisioning a New Astrodome Through an Integrated Approach
Hines College assistant professor Mili Kyropoulou and her team recently achieved first place in the Lowdown Showdown Competition for their original design, repurposing Houston’s infamous Astrodome using building performance data to inform their strategy.
Scholarship Award Recognizes Power of Personal Identity
The Architects Foundation recently awarded University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design alumna Michelle Ovanessians (' 23) the 2023 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship.
Alumni Spotlight: Ami Shah (M.Arch. '03)
The lessons Ami Shah (M.Arch. '03) learned at the Hines College helped propel her to success. "It provided a solid foundation, allowing me to expand my horizons and explore different design ideas and theoretical approaches in a way I had not before."
Ivy League Bound: Hines Students Take the Next Step
This fall, two Hines College alumni commenced the next step in their academic careers, beginning graduate studies at two Ivy League universities – Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Princeton University School of Architecture.
Welcoming in the Collegiate Experience
The Hines College student organizations welcomed new incoming students for an entirely in-person day of welcome on August 20. Welcome Day is wholly run by the Hines College's student organizations and supported by donations solicited from the Houston community.
Alumni Spotlight: Jason Logan ('00)
Recently named the Director of the Keeland Lab, Hines College associate professor Jason Logan reflected on his time as a student. "It is difficult to pick one favorite memory, but they all come from the late nights at the Hines College, with the lifelong friends I made as a student."
"The Irritable House" Revolutionizes Affordable Housing
The Texas Society of Architects recently announced Z4A Architects, led by Hines College faculty Rafael Beneytez-Duran and Ophelia Mantz, as a recipient of the 2023 Studio Award Winners.
Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Higgins ('07)
Jennifer started her Hines College journey during a high school summer program. Now a principal at THR3E Design, she says to students, " Never stop learning because architecture and design are ever-evolving fields."
UH Communications Teams Win National and Regional Awards
The Division of University Marketing and Communications, Division of Research, Division of Student Affairs and Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design were recognized in national and regional competitions for their efforts to elevate the reputation and national profile of the University.
Alumni Spotlight: Lauri Goodman Lampson '88
Lauri says she learned the importance of strategic thinking at UH. To future designers, she advises, "Be curious and seek diverse perspectives. Ask why of your professors and yourself."