Architectural Design

Architectural Design at the Guthrie Center allows students to explore the many opportunities that are available in the field of architecture. Our Architectural Design faculty, with a combined 35 years experience in the field, believe critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving spark further learning. Students are introduced to architectural history and become proficient in architectural sketching, perspectives, and technical drawing. They also learn industry standard programs that are used by the architectural profession including AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop, and Sketch Up.

Students are educated in the process of architectural design through projects and the annual Michael G. Meyers Design Competition sponsored by the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This contest provides students the opportunity to network with practicing architects and professors of architecture. Our students have achieved great success in this competition by winning scholarship monies and scholarships to the summer architectural program offered at the University of Houston. Architectural students at the Guthrie Center have won over 100 awards and have used the competition as a catapult for acceptance to architectural schools around the world.

When completing the courses in architectural design, students develop a strong portfolio that can be used for admission to competitive architecture schools. Guthrie Architectural Design students have been accepted to architectural schools at Rice, UT Austin, Pratt in NYC, Kansas State and Auburn which have been ranked in the top 10 architectural schools in the nation by Design Intelligence in the past 5 years. Many other students gained entrance in architectural programs at Texas A&M, University of Houston, Texas Tech, Tulane, and Oklahoma State. We also have students studying architecture in France and in Japan.

The Guthrie Center offers three levels of Architectural Design available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Collective Works


  • Professional training
  • Industry-standard software
  • Professional grade certifications
  • Active student organization
  • Annual competition for scholarships
  • Build scaled architectural models
  • Create your architectural portfolio


  • Autodesk Associate AutoCAD Year 2
  • Autodesk Revit Architecture Year 3


  • Principles of Architecture / Architectural Design 1
  • Architectural Design 2
  • Architectural Design Practicum


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