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The Houston Professional Option


This Option fulfills the professional degree requirement and includes a specialization in urban and community design. When you enter the graduate coursework in the College, you have a few options for directing your graduate education. The Houston Professional Option is one of these. If this program interests you, you will complete a brief application and enter the program in the fall semester following your completion of comprehensive studio in Lubbock.



Certificate Description

As students begin this program in the fall semester following comprehensive studio, (Or, Spring, immediately following the fall semester of Urban Tech in Lubbock) you must complete comprehensive studio before you make the transition to Houston. The spring semester at the Lubbock campus includes opportunities for comprehensive studio and there is typically one Comprehensive studio taught in the summer, although this is not guaranteed because it depends on successful funding of the summer budget for the College. The summer studio allows the opportunity for a student that completes their comprehensive studio in the previous fall semester to take summer school and then transfer to Houston in time for the following fall semester.

Transfers from the Urban Tech Studio in Lubbock are allowed spring transfer into Houston, assuming conditions are met, but the student must have prior approval from the director. Otherwise, there are a limited number of courses offered towards that can be taken during the spring semester (if you have only completed Comprehensive Studio in the fall semester or summer and did not make the transfer to Houston in time). In this case, the student formally begins the studio sequence in the following fall semester. Proper planning is advised, so making the decision to pursue this option during your third year studio sequences is best. This allows you to coordinate your transfer with the director and allows you to complete your degree without additional coursework.


MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald
Director, Associate Professor
Phone: 713-806-2548
Email: ma.torres-macdonald@ttu.edu
For more information contact the program director


This website is designed as an informational tool for TTU students interested in, or already registered for The Houston Professional Option through the College of Architecture at TTU.




There are three studios towards the Professsional Option. Studio I is taught during the fall semester and includes an overview of urban design (see details under course descriptions). This is followed up with Studio II which includes a building design within an urban context (see details under course descriptions). Studio III is the Practicum Studio taught with support of mentors within the student's practicum firm during the last fall semester. Students will be working full-time through a paid practicum experience during this last studio.

The program is not intended as a single practicum + studio program. Students are not admitted for this purpose.


Studios

The studios are broken into three topical studios. Fall I, Spring II, and Practicum. The first two serve as a cumulative approach towards a micro to macro understanding of urban design and its application to the building design process. The final studio (Practicum Studio) is led by the director and taught in conjunction with the student's firm through mentor support.

*The opportunity for a Master of Science in Architecture with a Specialization in Urban + Community Design option is not currently available in Houston. The MS Architecture is a non-professional degree option for specialization in Urban + Community Design (pending approval with Texas higher Education Coordinating Board) and is offered through the Lubbock Campus - College of Architecture at this time.


Studio I // [Fall Semester]

This studio is one of three (5) hour studios taught in Houston. It focuses on the macro-scale of urbanism initially and then explores a medio-scale problem. The course addresses planning issues at a city region-scale (typically conveyed as a 'district') and applies this knowledge to the design of a public space. In this regard, the student is asked to move away from the building and deeply consider the contextual implications of design within the public realm, but must do so in consideration of the building fabric that exists within the current design problem context. Typically, the studio will explore public space design problems that carry considerable adjacent building context and in all cases, is enveloped within an urban setting. At times, the student has an opportunity to develop schematic building design solutions that respond to their individual design solution for the public space (infill construction potential). The studio is supplemented with a 9 week workshop in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) that serves as a research tool for studio analysis and problem synthesis. Typically, in professional practice, a design problem requires the consideration of adjacent public space. In particular, urban contexts assume responsibility for the understanding of this consideration as applicable to urban building design solutions. It is with this intention that the macro-scale approach is initiated. This is likely the first time a student has been asked to separate themselves from a particular building and consider the use of spaces that connect these buildings. This course is currently taught by instructor, Anton Sinkewich, Executive Director of the East Downtown Management District (EaDo). Mr. Sinkewich holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. He is an urban designer with over 15 years of practice experience.


Studio I // [Fall Semester]

This studio is one of three (5) hour studios taught in Houston. It focuses on the macro-scale of urbanism initially and then explores a medio-scale problem. The course addresses planning issues at a city region-scale (typically conveyed as a 'district') and applies this knowledge to the design of a public space. In this regard, the student is asked to move away from the building and deeply consider the contextual implications of design within the public realm, but must do so in consideration of the building fabric that exists within the current design problem context. Typically, the studio will explore public space design problems that carry considerable adjacent building context and in all cases, is enveloped within an urban setting. At times, the student has an opportunity to develop schematic building design solutions that respond to their individual design solution for the public space (infill construction potential). The studio is supplemented with a 9 week workshop in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) that serves as a research tool for studio analysis and problem synthesis. Typically, in professional practice, a design problem requires the consideration of adjacent public space. In particular, urban contexts assume responsibility for the understanding of this consideration as applicable to urban building design solutions. It is with this intention that the macro-scale approach is initiated. This is likely the first time a student has been asked to separate themselves from a particular building and consider the use of spaces that connect these buildings. This course is currently taught by instructor, Anton Sinkewich, Executive Director of the East Downtown Management District (EaDo). Mr. Sinkewich holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. He is an urban designer with over 15 years of practice experience.


Studio III // [Practicum - Fall Semester]

This studio serves as a penultimate studio for the program. Students work on a series of design problems generated through direction of the instructor with its genesis evolving from the work of their practicum firm and in collaboration with a firm mentor. The instructor works with each firm to allow flexibility in design problem development and meets with both mentor and student at regular intervals to evaluate course progress. The design problems (3-4) cannot be duplicated from existing work for which the student is paid, rather its intention is to serve as a learned supplement to an existing firm project(s). In addition, the design problems will serve as measurements for improving weaknesses identified during the students comprehensive review process (if applicable). This course is currently taught by Associate Professor, MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald. Ms. Torres-MacDonald serves as the director of The Houston Professional Option and the Graduate Certificate in Urban + Community Design. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (Environmental Design) from M.I.T.


Other Courses

*Note: Not all courses are offered each semester. See specific college for offerings.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This 1 hour workshop includes an introduction to the use of the GIS software systems used by local, state and federal entities as well as private-sector practioners. In architecture, GIS is considered a research tool relevant in the development of practical information necessary for project planning and execution. Students learn this method of mapping and use design skill in developing a series of assignment based exercises that measure their knowledge in this subject matter. Students will have access to software needed at no charge through the the use of ESRI - ARC 10. GIS is taught as a once a week workshop for 3 hours each week and runs for 9 weeks in the initial part of the fall semester. This workshop is currently taught by Nick Popovich with ESRI. ESRI is the leader in GIS Software development and is the contractor for GIS with Texas Tech University.


Infrastructure in the Urban Environment // [Fall 1]

This 3 hour course addresses the broader understanding of 'infrastructure' as it applies to the city. The course considers the multiple entities necessary in the operations of the city (and county as is applicable) and emphasizes the impact that these relationships have on the built environment. There are three components to the course: guest lecture series, public space journal, and a research paper. Students can expect to meet many local leaders with the potential for establishing a relevant professional network in Houston. The course is currently taught by Houston City Council Member At-Large 2, David Robinson, AIA. Mr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) from Rice University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.


Urban Theory // [Fall 1]

This required course is taught as an online course through distance education methods. The course explores the various theoretical approaches and considerations affecting urbanism from micro to macro scales. Research papers are a component of this course. Students in Houston meet together during the class period as the Lubbock students and dean are streamed from the distance education classroom. This course is currently taught by Dean, Andrew Vernooy, AIA. Dean Vernooy holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Princeton University, a Master of Civil Engineering and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Master of Design Studies (Urban Design) from the Harvard University.


Professional Practice // [Fall 1 or Spring 1]

This course is an online course taught through distance education and includes both self-paced and required-paced components. The course addresses the relevant aspects of the practice of architecture as it relates to business, management, ethics, organizational development, consultant relationships and registration processes. There are three primary tracks to this course that include: online guest lectures, online content lectures, and a mock firm project (business-focused). The intention is to establish an understanding of the business of architecture, while providing an opportunity for students to learn from professionals active in the profession through online resources. This course is currently taught by: Associate Professor, MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (Environmental Design) from M.I.T.


Community Design & Development Resources // [Spring 1]

This course is an applied service-learning, online course taught through distance education. The course explores the relationship of urban and community design and development to the profession of architecture, explores the relationship of governmental resources towards project development and funding, and includes a service learning project as a means for introducing students to this method of project execution. This course is currently taught by: Associate Professor, MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (Environmental Design) from M.I.T.


Advanced Construction // [Spring 1]

This required course addresses a particular topic focused area of construction selected by the instructor of record as an online course through distance education. Currently, this includes practical applications towards construction methods. It includes both hand drawing of details and wall section model building as a method of learning. This course prepares the student for integration into the practicum work placement immediately following. This course is currently taught by Thomas Bayer, Principal, HOK, Inc.


Special Problems in Architecture - Research // [Summer 1 in Houston]

TThis online course is taught through distance education serves two primary purposes. It enables students to apply their knowledge and skill in design-based research towards an applicable design problem(s) and it enables students to improve upon any deficiencies identified during their Graduate Comprehensive Review. This course is currently taught by: Associate Professor, MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (Environmental Design) from M.I.T.


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