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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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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