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


Located in the second floor of the Coad, the site sits between both studios and offices. Previosuly, this area has been overlooked due to its dullness and lack of comfortability for users to utilize for studying or leisure. When approaching this project, each team adhered to the semester's focus of joy, ergonomics, and transformability. Resulting in projects that explored different concepts and approaches.
These projects aim to provide a fun, interactive environment that exemplifies the composition of space through versatile furniture systems that challenge the contemporary narrative of static space.