Considering Howard University for Architecture?

Located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, the Department of Architecture at Howard University 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.

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

Steeped in a tradition of design excellence, the Bachelor of Architecture program exposes students to a myriad of opportunities to design efficient and aesthetically pleasing built environments. Students explore a range of architectural typologies, tectonics, and settings and engage a broad perspective on the human environment.

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. The Howard University Department of Architecture cultivates an open and diverse studio environment with small class sizes and dedicated professors.

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.

Alumni of the program frequently contact the Department to engage faculty and students in projects. Most recently (AY 2016-2017) a 1972 graduate contacted the program to seek assistance for a group of physicians who owned land in Haiti and wanted to build a Sickle Cell Treatment Center there. Through the Tropical Architecture course, pre-design and schematics were completed for the project.

Along these lines, the Department of Architecture, through Professor Grant’s community outreach, has hosted the annual meeting of groups within its immediate boundaries. This day-long event brings city leaders together with local community activists and citizens to discuss issues that impact the Georgia Avenue corridor and neighborhoods adjacent to Howard’s campus. Activities like this place the Architecture faculty and students at the heart of community dialogue. The reciprocal benefit also contributes to the university through practical research and student involvement in initiatives on campus, in local communities, and abroad.


Architecture Department Chair Hazel R. Edwards Elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners

Fri, February 16, 2018

Architecture Department Chair Hazel R. Edwards has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) and will be inducted on April 22, 2018 at the 2018 Induction Ceremony in New Orleans. Read More >>

Assistant Professor Farhana Ferdous Awarded AAHF Research Grant

Fri, February 9, 2018

Joining Howard University in Fall 2017 as an assistant professor in the department of architecture, Dr. Ferdous has already been awarded a research grant by the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation (AAHF). Read More >>


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