About Us

About Us

About the West Houston Institute

West Houston Institute logoThe West Houston Institute is HCC's Center for Innovation, Design, and Creativity. Conceived and developed by an HCC team of innovators with input from throughout the institution and the community, the Institute has a mission of bringing creativity and innovation to our college and our community to more effectively reach and engage this generation of learners. Indeed, the Institute's vision is the re-imagination and reinvention of higher education through a unique design and combination of both spaces and programs.

The West Houston Institute is home to the IDEAS Academy and Innovation Fellows Programs, and houses a 10,000 square feet makerspace (IDEAStudio), a collaborative solution design studio called the “Collaboratorium”, science research labs with a scanning electron microscope, a unique learning commons, an auditorium, a state of the art AR/VR lab, and a Learning Spaces Initiative which makes it the most unique innovation venue in Houston.

Our Vision, Mission, and Values

Vision:  The Reimagination and reinvention of higher education; Mission:  The West Houston Institute is a state-of-the-art center of innovation committed to empowering our students and communities to succeed in a changing global society through the development of essential mindsets and skillsets; Values:  Collaborations + Intersections, Creativity + Innovation, Knowledge + Praxis

Our Team

Jordan Carswell

Interim Director, West Houston Institute
Program Director, IDEAStudio & IDEAS Academy

Laura Williamson, PhD

Program Director, Collaboratorium
& Teaching Innovation Lab

John Swan, PhD

Coordinator, West Houston Institute
& Innovation Fellows

Israel Garza

Manager, IDEAStudio

Bianca Bermudez

Makerspace Technician, IDEAStudio

Jeffrey Chen

Makerspace Technician, IDEAStudio

Alexandra Almestica

Public Services Librarian, Learning Commons

Javier Perez

Library Assistant, Learning Commons


Our Programs & Services



West Houston Institute

2811 Hayes Road, Houston, TX 77082