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Architecture & Design Alumni Association

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to inspire, engage, and support the alumni, students, faculty, and staff of the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design through an inclusive community that promotes professional development and collaborative partnerships that heighten the profile of the Hines College of Architecture and Design.

Our vision is to create a life-long alumni network through connections and service that enhances pride and promotes the relevancy of design.

View the Architecture and Design Alumni Association Bylaws.

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  • The Ambassadorship Committee focuses on projecting the CoAD Alumni Association to students, faculty, staff, and community at large. Some of their initiatives have included: alumni spotlights, the Alumni Association social media, firm visits, and building and maintaining relationships with other Alumni Associations.

  • The Awards Committee will develop and maintain a program of awards that promote CoAD alumni who are making an impact in their community.

  • The Events Committee assists the university in coordinating important events for CoAD alumni. Some of their initiatives have included: the annual holiday party, happy hours, and the pre-career fair reception.

  • The Governance Committee will ensure that the bylaws are maintained and there is a consistent transition of officers.

  • The Student Engagement Committee will focus on connecting the student community with alumni and professional communities. Some of their initiatives include: stress relieving events during Jury Week, Career Fair Prep Events, and partnering with Student Organization events.

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Paula Canada

Director of Alumni Relations

Paula Canada has been with the University of Houston for three decades, gaining valuable experience working with both internal and external constituencies. She comes to the Hines College after 12 years with the College of Education. As part of the communications team there, she collaborated with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners to provide a myriad of events. Not only does Paula have an extensive career with UH, but she is also a two-time alumna with degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Graduate College of Social Work. 

Now, as director of alumni relations, Paula leads the Hines College’s alumni engagement programs, coordinates with the Architecture + Design Alumni Association board, and builds relationships between our alumni and students. 

Paula Canada
Alumni Relations