University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Hines College of Architecture Records

Overview of the Collection

Creator Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
Collection Title Hines College of Architecture Records
Dates 1940-2009
Identification 2009-009
Physical Description 5.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

Architecture first appeared at the university in the 1945-1946 school year. Then it was a two-year program offered through the College of Technology. In 1946, both architecture and architectural engineering were being offered within the College of Engineering. While the study of architecture remained within the College of Engineering through the 1955-1956 school year, a "new plan" for architectural training was initiated in the fall of 1950. This plan integrated all phases of architectural instruction in four channels: design, construction, aesthetics, and graphics. The School of Architecture began in the fall of 1956 and in the fall of 1961 it became the College of Architecture. [1]

In March of 1997 Gerald D. Hines donated $7 million to the College of Architecture at the University of Houston. In honor of the gift, the school was renamed the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. The gift was by far the largest ever received by the architecture school and among the 10 largest gifts received by UH. [2]

Today, the study of architecture at the University of Houston is focused on design as the fundamental, essential activity of the discipline. 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 city in America. With its unique form and vitality, Houston provides an exceptional laboratory for exploring problems and potentials of contemporary society. [3]


[1] UH Through Time: Colleges, available from 12 August 2009.

[2] UH Through Time: People, available from 12 August 2009.

[3] UH Through Time: Colleges, available from 12 August 2009.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records relating to the Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston. A significant portion of this material was given to the archives from the university Print Plant. Records include course information, promotional material, invitations, correspondence, reports, faculty writings, publications, commencement programs, and stationary. The collection is arranged chronologically and alphabetically as necessary. Material ranges in date from the 1940’s to 2009. In addition, the collection includes more than 80 posters, many of which were produced by students, faculty, and staff in-house. An additional box of records transffered from the Architecture and Art Library is not yet fully processed.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

The material in this collection is in the public domain.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
University of Houston
University of Houston. Hines College of Architecture

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Hines College of Architecture Records. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Detailed List of Contents

Processed Material

Box Folder
1 1 undated
2 1940s
3 1950s
4 1960s
5 1970s
6 1980s
7 1990s
8 2000s
9 Stationery

Hines College of Architecture Posters

Drawer OVS_Folder
F.4 1-10

Unprocessed Material