Considering Howard University for Architecture?

Architecture education at Howard University has shaped and fostered design inquiry and technical application in students from around the world, particularly those from the African Diaspora, since 1911.

The program has historically served an important role: until the early 1980s, nearly fifty percent of all licensed African-American architects had received their degrees from either Howard University or one of the other historically black college and university (HBCU) architecture programs. Several of those HBCU programs were developed through the leadership efforts of Howard University graduates. In addition, twenty percent of all African Americans receiving master’s degrees in architecture had first received their B.Arch. degree at Howard University. These trends continue even today and further attest to the past impact and future importance of the Howard University architecture program to the goal of increasing the numbers and percentages of licensed African-American architects in the nation.

In addition to American-born architects, Howard University continues to educate a significant number of foreign-born architects who contribute in their respective countries. The heads of a number of significant firms worldwide and leaders of local governing bodies and associations continue to be fully represented by graduates of this program. There is enduring affirmation at Howard University that among its historically heralded professional Schools of Law, Medicine, and Engineering and Architecture, Howard University's role in the education of the next generation of architects remains of equal importance.

The Architecture Program is fully committed to implementing the mission of the College of Engineering and Architecture. Its historic role in being a major contributor to communities of color locally, nationally, and internationally is demonstrated by its enduring global reach through alliances and partnerships with other architecture programs in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, focusing on the University’s commitment to the African Diaspora. It has assumed its role in world affairs as well as extended its public service function through expanded engagement with local, national and international communities. This has been achieved through studio-based projects (2014 Haiti Summer Studio), as well as collaboration with community groups and organizations.

Coupled with our location in the Nation’s Capital, the strong tradition of excellence, small class sizes with dedicated professors, and engaged alumni, make Howard a viable choice to cultivate the skills to respond to a dynamic and rapidly changing world.

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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 >>

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