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Our Design-Based Curriculum

All incoming students are required to take an Introduction to Design lecture course and Design Studio I. A variety of media are employed in Design Studio I to facilitate multiple forms of design and includes hand drawings, computer-aided drawing, physical model building, and digital fabrication.

So, You're Interested in Design...

Below are resources that can help prospective students explore and understand the world of design, as well as learn more about Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Industrial Design. For those of you interested in Environmental Design, any of these resources can further your understanding of design careers.


The First Secret of Design Is Noticing Language (Video, 16 minutes)
Abstract: The Art of Design (Netflix series, subscription required)


UH Gerald D. Hines Architecture Program (Video, 3 minutes)
Architecture 101: A Guide to the Design Studio by Andy Pressman (Book)
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick (Book)
The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Button (Book)
Archiculture (Documentary Film, 25 minutes)
Study Architecture (Resource from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture)
The American Institute of Architecture Students - AIAS (Professional Association)
ARCHCareers (Blog)
Life of an Architect (Blog)

Interior Architecture

UH Gerald D. Hines Interior Architecture Program (UH Website)
International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design (Academic Journal)

Industrial Design

UH’s Gerald D. Hines Industrial Design Program (Video, 1.5 minutes)
Becoming a Product Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design by Bruce Hannah 
The Making of Design, 1st Edition by Gerrit Terstiege 
Industrial Designers Society of America - IDSA (Professional Organization)
Core 77 (Resource for Industrial Design Professionals)
Yanko Design (Online Magazine)

Our Fabrication Facilities

UH Gerald D. Hines Keeland Design Lab (Video, 1 minute)
UH Advanced Media Technology Lab (UH Website)