Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design Advanced Media Technology Lab

Elevating Design To New Heights

The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design continues to be a haven for knowledge, innovation and discovery. By merging project-based learning, applied research and real-world integration, students are prepared to compete on a global scale. Our Advanced Media Technology Lab is a key example of how we make this happen.

Positioned to develop the next generation of structural materials, digital fabrication, and sensor technology, the Advanced Media Technology Lab will act as a working example for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The facility will serve as a unique research center for collaboration with disciplines from across the University of Houston campus, including construction and engineering. It will ultimately propel the University and Hines College forward as a think tank for materials research and design methodologies.

Student Success

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design students will take experiential learning to the next level while working to create prototypes and test materials in this unique, innovative ‘maker’s space.’ This unparalleled opportunity will allow students to make discoveries that are truly life-changing and impact industry.

A Place for Experimentation

The Hines College strives to remain ahead of the digital movement, to maintain collaborative research models with our faculty and give students access to innovative resources. The Advanced Media Technology Lab will also offer a hub for testing and experimentation of new products and processes.

Forging New Futures

Students in the Hines College are competing on the world stage and winning! Our ability to keep winning depends on the collective support of UH alumni and friends. Our students are destined to become leaders in their fields, and you can help them make a measurable difference in the world with your support of the Advanced Media Technology Lab.

For more information, contact:

Olivia Thompson
Chief Development Officer
University Advancement


Year the College of Architecture was founded


Gerald D. Hines named the College of Architecture (“Design” would later be incorporated”)


Industrial Design program ranked 6th in the U.S. and 14th internationally (Red Dot)


ID+ program is the only product incubator in the southern United States


800+ ethnically and culturally diverse students study at the Hines College


Hines College students are nearly half male and half female in a significantly male-dominated industry

Why the Advanced Media Technology Lab?

The Advanced Media Technology Lab will elevate the learning process to unprecedented levels. The Advanced Fabrication Hub, the Electronic Hub and the Virtual/Augmented Reality Hub are three areas that will make a significant impact on the next generation of designers and fabricators.

  • Advanced Fabrication Hub: provides students with advanced digital technology for parametric design, robotics, new materials, multi-material 3D printing, and full scale 3D scanning and printing
  • Electronics Hub: allows students access to an extensive pharmacy-style lab of sensory technology parts and materials
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality Hub: engages students with emerging visual technologies

Why the University of Houston?

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city – soon to be third-largest – UH serves more than 45,000 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country. The city’s University stands ready to lead the charge in innovative research and design. Invested in providing students with opportunities that will prepare them for successful careers in design, Houston boasts many cutting-edge industries, encouraging UH students to reside in the area upon graduation.