Academic Policies

The Department of Architecture adheres to the Howard University Academic Code of Student Conduct.


A student may not take a course at another university or within the Consortium of Universities (Consortium) in place of a required course offered within the Department. With the prior written approval of the Department Chair, a student may repeat a required course, except Design Studio or Thesis, in which a grade of 'D' was received at another university or within the Consortium.

Design Studio Requirements

In Design Studio courses, grading is as follows: 'A, B, C, D, F'; the grade of 'C' is the lowest grade acceptable for progression to the next sequential level. An incomplete grade of 'ID' or 'IF' in Design Studio courses ARCH-199 through ARCH-205 shall be removed per University guidelines. If the incomplete grade converts to a grade of 'D' or higher, to receive credit for the next sequential Design Studio course, the student must enroll, on a contingent basis, in the course at the beginning of the semester, and be performing the required work for that Design Studio course. If the incomplete grade converts to a grade of 'F' or failure, the student will be required to repeat the failed course prior to registering for any subsequent Design Studio courses.

Students who receive an 'F' will be required to repeat the course the next time it is offered. Regardless of cumulative grade point average, a student who fails a repeated design course will be permanently dropped from the Department of Architecture. Students receiving the grade of 'F' in Design Studio courses may not take an equivalent course for credit at another institution, including the Consortium. All failed courses must be repeated at the Howard University Department of Architecture.

Students receiving a grade of 'D' in the first semester of design may be allowed to proceed to the second semester within that academic year. However, before proceeding to the next year of design, the course in which the grade of 'D' was received must be repeated and a minimum grade of 'C' must be achieved. Students may make up a grade of 'D' in Design Studio courses ARCH-199 through ARCH-205 during the summer session, pending prior written approval of the Department Chair. Work in the make-up course must be presented for review by the Department Chair prior to credit being given for the make-up course.

Thesis Requirements

The grade of 'C' in Thesis Preparation Seminar ARCH-891 is the lowest grade acceptable for registration in and progression to Design VIII (Thesis) ARCH-206. In Design VIII (Thesis), the passing grade shall not be less than 'C'.

All students shall be required to submit the original Thesis Preparation document and their final thesis project, including drawings, digital animations, written materials, digital presentations, models, audio-video materials and disks of computer- generated work. Digital and print versions of the work shall be presented to the Department of Architecture upon completion of the thesis project. The Thesis Preparation document shall be formatted for permanent binding and inclusion in the reference section of the Architecture Library. In lieu of drawings, a high-resolution PDF may be substituted, upon approval of the Department Chair.

Graduation Requirements

Students who acquire 'D' grades in excess of one-sixth the semester hours required for the Bachelor of Architecture degree will not qualify for degree candidacy.

Good Standing Requirements

In addition to the University general academic regulations the following will apply:

Before proceeding to Design III (ARCH 201), each student must have satisfactorily completed all courses in the first two years of the curriculum and have achieved a grade point average of 2.25 or higher in all architectural courses.

Statute of Limitations

A student who ceases to attend the Department of Architecture for a period of one semester, whether voluntary or not, is subject to all regulations and policies in force at the time studies are resumed. The faculty reserves the right to make curriculum revisions without prior notice or publication provided these changes will not lengthen the period normally required for uninterrupted study towards a specific degree.


AIA President Carl Elefante Talks about Architecture’s Relevance Revolution with Our Students

Wed, October 17, 2018

Carl Elefante, FAIA, president of the American Institute of Architects delivered a powerful talk on “Architecture’s Relevance Revolution” on Monday, October 15 in our Innovation Space. Elefante is Principal and Director of Sustainability for Quinn Evans Architects, which has offices in Washington, D.C., Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan, and Madison, Wisconsin. He serves as design principal for a broad spectrum of projects including architecture, historic preservation, and community revitalization. Read More >>

Bringing the Local Perspective of Black Architects and Planners to Coincide with NMAAHC Symposium

Thu, October 4, 2018

The Department of Architecture was generously invited by Dr. Michelle Wilkinson of the National Museum of African American History and Culture to collaborate in bringing the local perspective of Black architects and planners to coincide with the museum’s symposium: Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners, 1968 to Now.Read More >>