• Week 1

    Week 1

    The first week of the Summer Intern Program focused on inventory, analysis, and visioning for The Greater Third Ward area. The interns familiarized themselves with the character of each of the three Super Neighborhoods that exist within the 7,000-acre area, as well as the adjacent Museum District and Medical Center. In a short period of time, the students gained an understanding of the distinctive ethnic, religious, cultural, and professional elements that shape the community of The Third Ward, including both the University of Houston and Texas Southern University.

  • Week 2

    Week 2

    In the second week, Anna and Elise established connections between major green spaces and nodes of high activity. In their initial design considerations, Brays Bayou was developed into a park with three primary centers of activity, each with a unique character and features.

  • Week 3

    Week 3

    In week three, Elise designed an Elevated Greenway and Observation Terrace. In order to make strong connections, her design includes the following key components: The Greenway will replace North MacGregor Way and the existing North MacGregor will merge with South Macgregor just west of Almeda Road. The design then proposes widening the Bayou at this point, then continues east from Hermann Park using the infrastructure of the existing North MacGregor Road until it intersects with the Columbia Tap and terminates into the Observation Terrace.

  • Week 4

    Week 4

    I wanted the park to be Dynamic & interactive with people and cars. I placed “light sensors” on Washington Avenue which are connected to “floating ParkLine’s” Benches. When a car passes the “light sensors” they activate the connected benches and sitting area shines. If the Washington Avenue is busy the floating ParkLine is also busy if the avenue is quiet, park is silent

Elise Hubbard


The beauty that surrounds us exfoliates with living energy that transcends my understanding. The reality of this creation inspires me to seek more fully each minute of life that I live. It motivates me to share joy with people. And initiates purpose to influence people’s environmental ethic. I thoroughly enjoy exchanging life perspectives, learning from other people, and collaborating ideas for a larger whole. A few favorites are chocolate-covered strawberries, hiking sunny days in the mountains with my husband, swing and salsa dancing, making music, running, traveling as a working artist, speaking French and living in France.