The Glassell School of Art is the nation’s only museum-affiliated art school and includes a pre-K through postgraduate curriculum. In 2018, the teaching institute of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston moved to a new location as part of the museum's $450 million renovation project. The modern L-shaped building includes a sloped and walkable roofline that runs the length of the building and connects the on-site amphitheater and BBVA Compass Roof Garden. Boasting 93,000 sq. ft. of interior space, there is plenty of room for students including studio space, exhibition space, gallery space, auditorium and a coffee bar that is open to the public.
The Brown Foundation Plaza, along with the Glassell School of Art, serve as a public gateway to the Susan and Fayez Sarofim Campus, creating a new public greenspace in Houston. The BBVA Compass Roof Garden serves as a green roof and a welcoming space, surrounded by jasmine and other natural elements. There is seating for the amphitheater at the base of the roof’s slope where spectators can enjoy one of the many events held there.