SICSA

Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture

Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA)

  • 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

SICSA Background and Overview

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MR. RYOICHI SASAKAWA RECEIVING PROCLAMATION FROM HOUSTON MAYOR KATHY WHITMIRE DEDICATING "INTERNATIONAL SPACE ARCHITECTURE DAY", JUNE 3, 1987
LARRY BELL AND GUILLERMO TROTTI WITH LUNAR HABITAT MODEL
APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUT BUZZ ALDRIN WORKING WITH SICSA SPACE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS ON ORBITAL STRUCTURE CONCEPTS
SICSA GRADUATE LAURIE WEAVER TESTING EQUIPMENT IN NASA ZERO GRAVITY FLIGHT SIMULATOR

The Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) is a unique research, design and teaching entity that sponsors and directs the world’s only MS-Space Architecture program. The organization was founded in 1987 with a $3 million endowment gift provided by Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation Chairman Ryoichi Sasakawa, the largest foreign gift ever received by the University of Houston. SICSA’s central mission is to plan and implement programs that will advance peaceful and beneficial uses of space and space technology on Earth and beyond. Many of these activities address extreme terrestrial environments. SICSA is internationally recognized for its leadership in the field of space architecture. Numerous SICSA graduates have embarked upon productive and successful careers in government and corporate aerospace organizations throughout the world. Its activities and work products have earned NASA Headquarter recognition for advanced design achievements and routinely appear in prominent US and international professional publications, popular magazines and radio and television features.

SICSA’s location in Houston affords convenient access to the NASA Johnson Space Center, local aerospace companies, major research institutions and commercial technology enterprises throughout the city and region. Space architecture faculty and graduate students provide consulting services to NASA and private entities through SICSA consulting contracts. Such contracts also provide student research assistantships and scholarships. On local and regional levels, SICSA has provided planning and design services to the Houston Airport System for a proposed commercial Ellington Field space port. On a state level, SICSA has served as the lead planning organization for a commercial launch facility in West Texas through support services sponsored by the Governor’s Aerospace and Aviation Economic Development Office.

SICSA History (pdf)