The University of St Thomas is a private, 4-year Catholic school located in Houston, TX, in the Neartown area of the city. The school was founded in 1947 by Basilian Fathers and is named in honor of St Tomas Aquinas and is the only Catholic university within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The urban campus covers 19 city blocks and features the Chapel of St Basil which is noted for its unique architecture and adjacent prayer garden. The building itself is comprised of three geometric forms: sphere, cube and plane. Additionally, it is designed that there is no need for artificial light inside during normal daylight hours.