• Space Architecture Program Welcomes Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa

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  • Falcon Heavy Rocket Will Be One Of Spacex’s Biggest Tests Yet: Olga Bannova Speaks With LA Times

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  • RASC-AL 2017 competition

    SICSA students are RASC-AL competition finalists

  • AIAA Human Spaceflight: Phobos Base Design Competition

    2016-2017 First Place winners

  • Genesis Single Person Spacecraft Interior Design Competition

    SICSA Students Win Superior Design Award

  • Ancile-Hab

    The Shield of Mars. SICSA team was one of ‘Top 30’ finalists of 3D-printed Habitat Challenge competition.

  • Space Exploration

    Modular Architecture for 0-G

  • Lunar Habitat

    Surface Habitat Concept

  • Space Exploration

    TransHabitat

  • The Expedition

    A Cislunar / Martian Orbiter

  • Deep Space Exploration

    Mission to Phobos and Deimos

  • Planetary Exploration

    Mars Surface Base

  • Extreme Environment

    Offshore Oil Rig Re-Purposing

  • Mars Transfer Vehicle

    Re-Configurable Building System

Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA)

The Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) is a unique interdisciplinary research, design and teaching academic center that supports the world’s only Master of Science (MS) degree in Space Architecture. In 2015 The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved changing the degree to a master of science with a STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — designation. We are academic leaders in the field of space architecture and are also active in the planning and designing of facilities for extreme environments on Earth. These include ocean facilities, polar research stations and human disaster accommodations. Graduates will also conduct trade studies and learn about operational factors which contribute to the design, such as logistics, orbital mechanics, transportation cost trades, etc. Our collaborators have included NASA, The Boeing Company, Oceaneering, and the Houston Airport System/Houston Spaceport.

SICSA offers two types of MS-Space Architecture curriculum, one for full-time students (3 semesters) and another for part-time local industry employees (5 semesters). The program is also developing a professional 3 course certification and will be able to deliver selected content on-line. Students with various bachelor of science (BS) degrees and background are eligible to apply, as well as 5th year Architecture degrees with appropriate technical qualifications. One of the signature courses includes a group 2 semester “studio” in which students work as a team on a real design. All graduate student application review and acceptance processes follow academic procedures and standards established by the University and College which are administered by the Associate Dean, Assistant Dean and Graduate Program Director. Upon verification that these requirements are satisfied, SICSA faculty participate in the final candidate selection decisions. Admission requirements can be found here.

SICSA Brochure (pdf)

College of Engineering News

ME, Space Architecture graduate Lopez making his interstellar mark
Javier Lopez Jr., a 2020 graduate of the Space Architecture program, has parlayed that into a position with Lunar Resources, Inc., a space industrial company pioneering space manufacturing and off-Earth resource extraction.

For University of Houston graduate and native Houstonian Javier Lopez Jr., it was repeated visits to the Space Center Houston with his parents and twin sister Cynthia that kindled a lifelong interest in the stars.

UH's Bannova designing moon rovers, habitats
Images of a 3D rover model, provided by Dr. Olga Bannova, a research professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Mechanical Engineering Department and the director of the Space Architecture Graduate Program.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from Boeing for a six-month lunar surface systems study, a researcher and her team at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering are designing potential rovers and habitats for usage on the Moon.