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About the MRC

The Materials Research Collaborative (MRC) at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design serves as a materials resource for material discovery, innovation, instruction, and research for the 700 students at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and area professionals.

The MRC has developed a web-based database,, that catalogs the physical materials in its collection.

Ongoing work of the MRC includes uncovering new and innovative materials, cataloging the physical samples, and researching and inputting data regarding the specific extrinsic and intrinsic properties of these materials.

The MRC is also engaged in specific material research projects such as a database of local materials, carbon analysis of two office buildings, and LEED v4 consulting.

The work of the MRC is funded by our Firm Partner: Page; our Founding Partners: Page, Kendall/Heaton, Gensler, and Ziegler Cooper; and our supporters: Architecture Center Houston Foundation, the University of Houston Green Building Components program, Skanska USA, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, and the University of Houston Faculty Development Department.