Architecture education at Howard University has continued to evolve since it formally began on February 9, 1911, when the Board of Trustees approved degree studies in architecture. In 1951, the Bachelor of Architecture degree program was first accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Today, the Department of Architecture continues to offer a fully accredited program of study leading to the five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) professional degree. Its focus shapes and fosters design inquiry and technical application in students from around the world, particularly those from the African Diaspora.

Architecture is fundamentally about problem-solving which results in design solutions informed by a variety of social, cultural, economic, environmental, and political factors. Students explore a range of architectural typologies, tectonics, and settings, and engage a broad perspective on the human environment. They are exposed to a myriad of opportunities to design efficient and aesthetically-pleasing built environments. The design studio encourages a dynamic response to the challenges faced by our society; hence, we reaffirm our niche as educating activist urban community designers and developers who can respond appropriately.

Located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, Howard’s Department of Architecture draws heavily on the rich heritage of Washington, D.C. Surrounded by both historic and contemporary built fabric, Howard University provides the ideal setting for exploration and discovery. Students can walk across the campus to view a variety of architectural styles and design philosophies. Many campus buildings were designed by African-American architects, some of whom graduated from or lead the architecture program. This is extended into the city and beyond.

The Department of Architecture offers a five-year NAAB-accredited professional degree program with a commitment to excellence, equality, and leadership to design your future.

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Meet HU Commencement 2019 Student Speaker Renee Whiteley

Thu, May 16, 2019

Class of 2019 Architecture Magna Cum Laude Graduate Renee Whiteley addressed her class and the university community at Howard University’s 151st Commencement Convocation on May 12, 2019. Read More >>

Department of Architecture Welcomes 2019 AIA President

Tue, April 9, 2019

The Department of Architecture welcomed William J. Bates, FAIA, NOMA, the 2019 president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) yesterday. Bates shared with our students and faculty his valuable perspective on being an accomplished architect. Bates is only the second African American to head the AIA since it was established in 1857. Read More >>

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