Release.     May 21, 2024

HABITABLE Furniture is a reconfigurable system of mobile elements, serving as both a flexible display and space-making solution.


We explored how design can enhance daily lives and activities, focusing on transformation and responsiveness to optimize space functionally and qualitatively. Joy and ergonomics were our primary goals.

Our collaborative project transformed a residual space in the UHCoAD into a joyful and versatile IA student lounge. Through teamwork, innovation, and a focus on ecological responsibility, we created a multifunctional furniture system. This system allows users to personalize their space for work, relaxation, and collaboration, combining advanced materials, recyclability, and playful design elements. The final prototype embodies playfulness, innovation, and user-centric design, inviting a closer look at diverse interactions within the space.

Visit each project page, including the complete magazines in PDF format, for insights into our process and results. Enjoy the journey!


Richele Refuerzo
Jesus Aquirre
Victoria Gonzalez
Alex Baltazar
Paul Chavarria
Whitney Lau
Jade Guerra
Virginia Briagas
Elena Mexicano
Thuc Tran
Mikayla Zientek
Marshall Bradley

Nicole Valdes


Marta Rodriguez
Ph.D. Architect

Marta Rodriguez's architectural journey spans continents, from Madrid to Tokyo and back to Paris, and now Houston, where she teaches and practices with a passion for creating inclusive, sustainable spaces. Her expertise in small-scale living and human-scale urban design is showcased through her award-winning projects and research-driven approach. Through her firm HABITABLE Studio and her advocacy in the Habitable City journal, Marta seeks a more connected, equitable, and livable built environment, embodying a vision of architecture that is adaptable.


Lene Fourie


Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design


Richele Refuerzo



Aimed to craft a vibrant and interactive piece that doubles as a versatile furniture system, these inflatable pieces aim to blend fun and functional. Opting for an inflatable approach provided air-controlled flexibility, encouraging users to adjust the furniture to their needs while exploring asymmetry and layering.

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Our multi-functional wallpaper-screen aspires to integrate the elegance of wallpaper with the practicality of a folding screen. Keeping in mind the students of the COAD, we designed the panels to include rotating hinges, folding tables, and display/pin-up sections to meet their needs when in use.

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03 WEB

“Body Mods” is one of the five projects within HABITABLE Furniture. With its dedication to transform flexible and comfortable fabrics into pieces of human leisure and storage spaces, we developed moments within the space that uses webbing attributes to make them mulit-functional.

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Outside In is one of five projects included in the proposal for Hines College to construct this summer. The goal of this subproject is to challenge the normal idea of seating and lounging, and to revitalize comfort by bringing in something bouncy and transformable to the body.

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The Belly Curtains are one of the five projects for the Interior Architecture second-year program, which aims to achieve movement, connection, and disappearance. To create your own desired space for relaxation, intimacy, or an open space for gathering, the project offer the flexibility for a user to arrange and connect the curtains to create a desirable space.

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PLAY and MOVE the furniture