As shaper of the physical environment, the architect seeks to clarify our relationship to the modern world. Through work at various scales -- from the design of furniture and small buildings to large, city-building projects -- architecture exerts a long lasting influence on the way we live. With an emphasis on theory and design, the architecture program at the University of Houston promotes inquiry into the critical questions which define architecture today. The special form this inquiry takes in the College is the process of making things through which ideas find form and reveal themselves in the medium of architecture. As a public college of architecture located in a major urban setting, the College is able to take advantage of the numerous cultural, professional and industrial resources of the fourth largest American city. With its unique form and vitality, Houston provides an exceptional laboratory for exploring problems and potentials of the postindustrial city.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities