The Quad

, University of Houston

Houston, TX

Main entrance exterior
Bridge connecting buildings
main entrance
Common area kitchen
study space
Gym overlooking courtyard
View of Quad buildings
Quad aerial

In 2018, the University of Houston turned its attention to The Quad, a venerable student housing complex of five dormitories built in the ’50s. The university partnered again with EYP to explore the possibilities for new housing that would better serve its growing population.

The new 1,200-bed housing development features a traditional residence hall with single-occupancy rooms and a series of conjoined townhouses. As a nod to the original quadrangle housing, the buildings wrap around enclosed courtyards, offering a sense of community and room for study and play. Connected by bridges, The Quad creates intimate spaces for learning and sharing across all buildings.

The townhouses directly across from the main entrance to The Quad support the university’s goal to recruit more international students. Within each three-story walk-up, you can find a community of up to 18 residents sharing recipes in their full kitchen or exchanging stories from back home in the ample living space.

Combined, The Quad breathes new life into the University of Houston’s history and traditions. Now, after a good night’s rest, scholars can head to the student center and gather with friends before class.

Energy Usage

42 kBtu/ft2⸱yr

Energy Use Intensity

47 %

Below the AIA 2030 Baseline

Building Facts

  • 336,000 GSF New Construction
  • 1,200 Beds
  • Architecture, Civil, Landscape, Technology, Security and AV, Structural, MEP, Signage, Wayfinding, Furniture Selection
  • Student Lounge
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Fitness Room
  • Computer Lab
  • Study Rooms

Sneak Peek at the University of Houston’s New Quad Residence Hall

Hear from our team about the design behind the new Quad – a unique array of connected townhouses designed to foster learning communities.

Behind the Scenes Tour of the New Quad

Take a walk through The Quad with Architect Morgan Aven.

The Quad: By the Numbers

Watch Project Director Peter Dreghorn share more impactful numbers behind The Quad.

The Quad: Honoring the Past

Senior Designer Jonas Risen reflects on The Quad's design and a last-year student gets a first look at her home for the semester.

I believe how we treat people and navigate challenges and change is the culmination of our attitude, integrity, purposefulness, competency, creativity, and ability to build relationships and work as a team. EYP demonstrates these qualities.

Don Yackley Executive Director, Student Housing & Residential Life, University of Houston