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UTA Students Build Two Tiny Houses

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Students from the University of Texas Arlington Architecture program became the first class from UTA to design and build not one, but two tiny houses.

In the Fall 2016, 20 design students competed for the chance to have their designs come to life. From there, outside contractors, architects, and builders thoroughly evaluated each design, choosing the best options that would be suitable to build.

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UTA Students Design/Build Two Tiny Houses!


Source: UTA

The final two designs selected were: Casa Modulo, designed by Adam Fogle and Nexus by designed and Omar Soto.

UTA’s Architecture professors, Brad McCorkle and Bang Dang, reached out to Milgard® Windows & Doors to help fund the windows used in the project.

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Casa Modulo, 390 sq. ft. tiny house was built first. It features three movable modules including a living space, bedroom, kitchen, and bath.

The open-concept living quarters with large picture windows that allows for optimal sunlight. A tank less water heater to contribute to the reduction of Casa Modulo’s carbon footprint was also installed.

Casa Modulo

Nexus, 360 sq. ft. tiny house floor plan contained four movable modules, with two functional units, separated by a spacious deck designed for comfortable living.

The first unit housed the kitchen and living spaces. The second unit was the location of the bed and bathroom quarters. Nexus was also equipped with a removable roof to relocate the house as needed.

UTA professor teaching students about building

Source: UTA

Professor Brad McCorkle expressed that this cohesive group of architecture students displayed a great sense of motivation, determination, and perseverance throughout the entirety of the project. McCorkle told Milgard that, “Seeing the class come together in a collaborative effort to design, budget, schedule, resolve issues, and build UTA Architecture’s first ever Tiny Houses made this semester one of the most rewarding of my teaching career!”

UTA Architecture Students Design & Build Tiny Houses

Source: YouTube

Project Details:
Windows Used: Thermally Improved Aluminum Series
Builder: Parallel Construction
Contractor: Brand McCorkle/Bang Dang
Architect: College of Architect Plan Public Affairs | UTA’s School of Architect | Parallel Construction
Photographer: Austin Fields


  1. University of Texas-Arlington
  2. UTA’s Senior Design Project
  3. YouTube

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{ 3 comments… add one }
  • sandy
    July 20, 2017, 4:15 pm

    is there any where we can see the finished interiors?

  • Large Marge
    July 20, 2017, 5:55 pm

    We notice each design uses a covered porch as a transition between outside and entry. Excellent.

  • Kim Pitts
    November 3, 2019, 1:11 am


    I was checking various websites regarding tiny homes in and around D/FW and came across your site. I realize these homes were built by students as a project, but I’m curious if they are still doing this, and if any would be for sale or rent.

    I tried to sign up for your free newsletters, but I was able to access that feature. If it’s possible for you to do that for me, I would appreciate it. 🙂


    Kim – [email protected]

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