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Materials Research Collaborative (MRC)

SPRING 2021: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to our College Resource Guide for current operational information. Many of our College resources and services require an advance appointment during this time. If you have any questions, please reach out to the appropriate contact on page 3 of the Resource Guide.

The Materials Research Collaborative (MRC) at the University of Houston College of Architecture and Design serves as a materials resource for material discovery, innovation, instruction, and research for the 870 students at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and area professionals. The MRC has developed a web-based database that catalogs the physical materials in its collection. On-going work of the MRC includes uncovering new and innovative materials, cataloging the physical samples, and researching and inputting data regarding the specific extrinsic and intrinsic properties of these materials. The MRC is also engaged in specific material research projects such as a database of local materials, LEED v 4 consulting, and carbon emissions analysis of buildings.

This work is funded by our Firm Partner: Page, our Founding Partners: Page Southerland PageKendall/Heaton, and Genslerand our Supporters: Architecture Center Houston Foundation, the University of Houston Green Building Components programSkanska USA, and the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design.

To learn more about the MRC or to suggest other Houston makers, contact Ophélia Mantz, MRC Director, at or 713.743.2400.

MRC Materials Database 

Made In Texas 

Made in Houston

Reuse in Houston 

Local Materials List/H5h (PDF)

Local Materials List/H1h (PDF)


Materials Research Collaborative (MRC)
University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design
Architecture Building - 2nd Floor, East Side, Room 240


Fall 2020 - Friday mornings, by request

To visit MRC at other times or during school breaks, contact Ophélia Mantz, MRC Director, at