The Makerspace at West Houston Institute

Learn More About IDEAStudio

IDEAStudio is the makerspace at Houston Community College's West Houston Institute. We provide a supportive space for students, faculty ad staff, and our community to explore, imagine, and create using the latest technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines alongside traditional equipment like power tools, saws, and welders to take ideas from concept to reality.

"IDEAS" stands for Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurship integrated into the Arts & Sciences. To help you develop the mindsets and skillsets we believe are essential for your success today, we offer a range of programs including membership and training for students, faculty, and staff; courses in design and making techniques; support for instructional and community projects; and speakers and events for learning and networking.

Location & Hours

IDEAStudio is located on the first floor of the West Houston Institute in the West Hall of the building. See Visit the West Houston Institute for directions to the campus and parking. Our hours for Summer 2022 are as follow:

Monday–Thursday: 10am-6pm

Friday: 10am-5pm


Our Team

The IDEAStudio team brings a diverse set of creative approaches and talents to our work.

Jordan Carswell Photo Israel Garza Photo  Jeffrey Chen Photo 

Jordan Carswell
Program Director

Ask me about: Most Adobe software, Wordpress, open source, laser cutting, and lithophanes

Israel Garza

Ask me about: AutoCAD & TinkerCAD, woodworking, CNC routing, 3D printing, and kerfs

Jeffrey Chen
Makerspace Technician

Ask me about: 3D printing, photography, and the best boba places in Houston


Contact Us

IDEAStudio Makerspace

West Houston Institute

Suite 110 2811 Hayes Rd., Houston, TX 77082