Considering Howard University for Architecture?

Architecture students in class

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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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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