Architecture Faculty Win Texas Society of Architects Design Awards
The University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design congratulates professors Jesse Hager, Amna Ansari, and Marcus Martinez for receiving the 2022 Texas Society of Architects (TXA) Design Awards.
Alumni Spotlight: Shaya Attaei '15
"Learning to develop my visions and making them into a reality is something I am thankful to the College for teaching me," says Shaya Attaei. Read on to see why the CEO of ARIA Signs & Design + Architectural Products knows the definition of hard work after earning two degrees from the Hines College, and how the lessons he learned helped him build his business from the ground up.
Alumni Spotlight: Ledia Osmani Valdez '06
"My education taught me to look at a project holistically, from the very initial schematic stage and through construction, to make sure the end-product is successful for all parties involved." - Ledia Osmani Valdez '06 gives insight into her career, and how the Hines College made her the architect she is today.
Alumni Spotlight: Sebastian Ramos '10
"I fell in love with the idea of shaping the lives of so many people positively through my creations." Currently working at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) - Department of the Navy, Alumnus Sebastian Ramos '10 looks back on this time at the Hines College and how it has shaped his outlook and career.
Alumni Spotlight: Crystal Y. Granger '04
“We all have biases. However, those biases can render an injustice if not examined through an objective multi-perspective lens.” Alumna Crystal Granger shares how she expanded upon her experience to strengthen the integrity of design.
Kirksey and Gensler Executives Join College Leadership Council
Benito Guerrier, AIA ’91 and Dean Strombom, FAIA ’80 bring experience as alumni and industry leaders to advisory board
Alumna Appointed to the Houston National Organization of Minority Architects Advisory Board
The Houston National Organization of Minority Architects (HNOMA) recently appointed Hines College Alumna Maria Gonzalez ‘09 as Treasurer on the Advisory Board.
Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Bernardo Pohl ;97
"My proudest moments are watching my students become star teachers on their merit, and witnessing how they make a difference in their student’s life." Hines College alumnus Dr. Bernardo Pohl '97 shares how his undergraduate architecture experience prepared him for an impactful career in education.
Alumni Spotlight: Kristen Griffiths '08
"Perhaps the most valuable lesson I learned was to detach myself emotionally from my designs/ideas. The ability to listen to and accept criticism without taking it personally is a skill serving me well in many facets of life." Alumna Kristen Griffiths '08 shares her journey after graduation and starting her own company.
Hines College Project Selected for Green New Deal Superstudio
UH students highlighted in curated project showcase forming policy by translating the core goals of decarbonization, justice, and jobs into place-specific design and projects.
Alumni Spotlight: Jamie Newcomb ‘17
“Arm yourself with as much information as possible and then design.” Alumna Jamie Newcomb ’17 discusses how she grew as a designer at the Hines College and her work at Kirksey Architecture.
Alumni Spotlight: Margaret Wallace Brown '83
“We all believed we could change the world with architecture. Years later, I remain convinced just how right we were.” Alumna Margaret Wallace Brown ’83 reflects on her time at the Hines College and how it prepared her for her dream job at the City of Houston.
Alumni Spotlight: Oswald Estrada ’20
“Remember, you can always reach your goal no matter what design field you aim to pursue. Every completed project, learned skill, and internship counts towards making it a reality.” Alumnus Oswald Estrada ’20 speaks to the valuable lessons he gained during his time at the Hines College of Architecture and Design.
Alumni Spotlight: Ricardo Martinez ’01
“While I learned many lessons during my time at the College, the most valuable skills that have been critical to my success in college, career, and personal life have been critical thinking and resourcefulness.” Alumnus Ricardo Martinez ’01 reflects on his UH education’s impact and the decision to pursue his firm, Martinez Architects.
Alumni Spotlight: UltraBarrio
Hines College alumni and professors Amna Ansari '03 and Marcus Martinez '04 speak to what sparked their interests in exploring design, the start of their careers, and ultimately creating their studio UltraBarrio.
Alumni Spotlight: Very Handsome Studio
Interior Architecture alumni Vy Truong ’17 and Han Dang ’18 share how their Hines College experience brought them together and what inspired them to start their own design firm – Very Handsome Studio.
Alumni Spotlight: Aubrey “Brey” Tucker ’07
“There is nothing easy about architecture or design – recognize and love that.” Alumnus Aubrey “Brey” Tucker ’07, Senior Industry Manager of Project Delivery at Autodesk, shares his experience at the Hines College and in his professional career.
Hines College Alumni Come Together for New Scholarship
“I have always been mindful of where I have been, what I have accomplished, and where I plan to go. Now I want to shift my focus to what I leave behind.” – Franco Albarran ‘99
Alumni Spotlight: Chudi Abajue ‘10
"I value when I can participate in projects positively affecting communities, such as working on a new women's shelter or renovating a school in a lower-income neighborhood." Check out this month's spotlight with alumnus Chudi Abajue '10 of IBI Group Texas.
Alumni Spotlight: Andre Pierre DeJean ‘05
"I firmly believe the best modern architecture out there still honors classical proportions, even when splitting with tradition." Learn more about DeJean in this month's alumni spotlight.
Hines Alumni Honored at the 7th Annual Cougar 100
This year’s virtual event recognized the successes of UH alumni owned business, and also teased the launch of UH’s new alumni and student engagement platform CoogsConnect.
DEI Task Force Report
The Hines College's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force has presented their long-awaited report to Dean Oliver. Since its inception this summer 2020 the task force has focused on the assessment of current DEI policies and practices in five major areas. Read the full report here.
Alumni Spotlight: Mariel Yebra ‘17
"I believe we should always keep in mind where and how we started our careers, strive to achieve new goals, and continue to pursue professional development. " Alumna Mariel Yebra '17 explores her early career and the impact of her UH education on her career as a designer.
Alumni Spotlight: Mike Grote '00
"To be a part of this team and turn this building, once a fortress of white supremacy, into an interpretive center for understanding and education is quite possibly the most meaningful real estate project I will ever develop."
Student Honored with ACSA Award for “The Sky House”
Born from Professor Peter Zweig’s studio assignment to design a home of the 21st century that would go beyond time and be relevant here and now, Soto sought to highlight the timeless relationship of humanity and nature.
Professor J. Kevin Story Publishes New Book on John Hejduk
Story’s book is one of three books published by Hines College faculty in 2020.
Alumni Spotlight: Sahagun Architecture
This month’s alumni spotlight highlights brothers Guillermo ’08 and David ’09 Sahagun and their firm, Sahagun Architecture. Read about their time at the Hines College and how their experiences have influenced their professional success.
ACSA 2020 Housing Competition Award
Congratulations to alumnus Carlos Soto Castellanos '20 for his ACSA 2020 Housing Competition Honorable Mention! Check out his winning project, THE SKY HOUSE, created while he was a student at the Hines College.
Eoghan Dalton '12
"Following projects and managing them in foreign languages has been an incredibly challenging yet rewarding experience that I never imagined I would have." Alumnus Eoghan Dalton '12 shares his career path abroad thus far.
Alumni Award Winners 2020
The University of Houston Architecture and Design Alumni Association Awards have returned after roughly a decade hiatus in order to honor our distinguished and accomplished alumni changing the world through architecture and design.
The Lasting Legacy of Gerald D. Hines
UH mourns the loss of its friend and benefactor. His decades-long relationship with the University has left a lasting impact on the Hines College, its students, and alumni.
Hines College Students Win AIA Houston Design Award for Third Ward “Libromat”
Students alongside alumni and faculty honored in annual design awards.
Alumni Spotlight: Alexandria Moore Garcia '93
"Be flexible and open in your job search because design jobs can take you anywhere.“ Alumna Alexandria Moore Garcia '93 shares her experience at UH and how she discovered an unlikely design career at Sysco Corporation.
Alumni Spotlight: Johnny Kousparis '05
"Understanding how to work in a team was probably the most valuable lesson I ever learned at the Hines College of Architecture and Design." Get to know alumnus Johnny Kousparis '05 and his rise to become a Principal at Gensler.
Alumnus Receives Prestigious Paris Design Award
Josh Probst ’19 selected as 2020 “Emerging Product Designer of the Year” by DNA Paris Design Awards. Learn more about his innovative and adaptable motorcycle, MAYA.
Alumni Spotlight: Andy Nguyen, S.J. '00
"Through reflective listening and understanding another person's perspective, architects and designers can translate human desires into humane and environmentally responsible architecture."
Alumni Spotlight: Alan Nguyen ‘11
It's not often you come across someone who studied architecture and industrial design. Read alumnus Alan Nguyen's story about his journey and how he ended up working in The Netherlands.
Facing a Dire Need
The UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design has joined the communitywide effort to manufacture personal protective equipment for frontline health care workers at Harris Health and Memorial Hermann Health systems.
Alumni Spotlight: Poonam Patel ‘11
“My design philosophy is ‘simplify and amplify.’” Alumna Poonam Patel ’11 shares how her time at UH impacted her design approach and the start of her own studio, ultimately leading to her debut with TEDx Pleasant Grove.
Alumna Catherine Callaway M.Arch '07 to Receive AIA National Award
AIA National recently announced that alumna Catherine Callaway, AIA, LEED AP, M.Arch ’07 will receive the 2020 AIA National Young Architect Award.
Alumni Spotlight: Adam Cook '11
"It's perfectly acceptable to take a different path." Get to know alumnus Adam Cook '11 and how his career led him to start his own business - Shop.
Alumni Spotlight: Emilio Armstrong '04
"The hardest paths will give you the best experience and faster growth." Alumnus Emilio Armstrong '04 shares his career in architecture and politics, and what brought him to Houston.
Alumni Spotlight: Mark Schatz, FAIA '98
"UH helped me understand the power and extent of design...and its positive force in our daily lives." Alumnus Mark Schatz, FAIA, reflects on the impact of his education on who he is as an architect today.