Sixth Street Entrance to Howard H. Mackey Building

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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Professor Bradford Grant Named First Smithsonian Instagram Artist-in-Residence

Fri, July 24, 2020

Architecture Professor Bradford Grant has been named the first Instagram artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The National Portrait Gallery “seeks to collaborate with artists both within and outside the Smithsonian to create dynamic public outreach, engage diverse national and international audiences, and explore the infinite richness and complexity of American history through the art of portraiture and biography to advance the Smithsonian’s fundamental mission to increase and diffuse knowledge”. Read More >>

Howard Architecture Partners on Smart Habitat Research Funded by $15M NASA Grant

Tue, May 12, 2020

The Howard University Department of Architecture faculty and students are part of a seven-university team funded by a $15 million NASA grant. The grant establishes the Habitats Optimized for Missions of Exploration (HOME) Space Technology Research Institute for Deep Space Habitat Design, one of two space technology research institutes selected by NASA in 2019. Read More >>

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