L 'Ecole Speciale D' Architecture, Paris, France
Graduate Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, 1969-70.
The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Bachelor of Architecture, 1968
Housing, affordable housing, zoning/land planning.
Housing, Affordable Housing, Foundations in Design thinking.
Design I, II, III and IV. Architectural Programming, Contemporary issues in Architecture, Elements of Architecture.
Prof Clarens is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture. Prof. Clarens received his B.Arch from The Catholic University of America in 1968 and did graduate work at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture under Ricardo Porro in 1969/70. He is a registered architect in the District of Columbia and in the State of Maryland. He is a member of the AIA. He has been teaching at Howard since 1981. His current teaching responsibilities are in Design and History/Theory. During that time Prof. Clarens has maintained a private practice focused on housing, both private residences and multifamily low income buildings. His work has been published in the Washington Post and in magazines such as “IMAGEN” and “CASSABELLA.” He has served on the Board of Architects of the District of Columbia, and in the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) and on the Zoning Commission. Prof. Clarens has been a Co-Principal Investigator in a seed research grant on the relationship between qualities in the build environment and health disparities in low income communities. Prof. Clarens has travelled extensively in South America, Europe and Asia. Prof. Clarens is married with three children and four grandchildren.
We are pleased to announce that two graduates of the Howard University Department of Architecture, Kwendeche (B.Arch. 1976) and Kathy Dixon (B.Arch. 1991), have been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). This is an unparalleled honor and the highest individual recognition bestowed by the Institute. The selection process is rigorous. Approximately three percent of the more than 90,000 AIA members have this distinction. The recipients of the FAIA are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession either through design, architectural education or the advancement of the profession after 10 years of AIA membership. The 2017 FAIA class consists of 178 people.Read More >>
The Department of Architecture kicked-off the 2016-2017 academic year with a myriad of events that brought faculty, students, and alumni together. In addition to welcoming, its new chair, the Department hosted a number of activities including a lecture by Dr. Douglas Williams about David Williston, the first known black landscape architecture who was also instrumental in the early Howard campus, in July. Read More >>