In 2006, the University of Houston experienced a pivotal point in its history. Seeking excellence in research and academics, emphasis on public and private partnerships, and enrollment increases, the university pursued initiatives that will position it as a premier research institution.
Two key challenges included increasing the physical density of the FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYCampus Master Planning without losing its casual appeal, and transforming its culture from an almost exclusively commuter campus to a place where students live, learn and socialize as part of their educational lifestyle.
The framework plan outlines a tripartite armature to meet these challenges and allows development to progress organically while meeting specific needs.
The central campus’ new development framework includes four new districts (arts, professional, stadium and Wheeler—a residential district) that extend in a logical way.
An open-space framework adds new courtyards, and the plan outlines significant changes to the transportation infrastructure. The closing of Cullen Boulevard, the main vehicular spine, allows safe pedestrian areas as the campus grows to the west.