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Hazel R.
Edwards

Contact

Email: 
hazel.edwards@howard.edu

Faculty Details

Rank: 
Professor and Chair
Education: 

Bachelor of Architecture, Howard University, 1986
Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University, 1989
Ph.D. in Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993

Speciality: 

Urban Design, Urban Planning, Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Historical Research, Livability and Community Research

Research: 

2007-present Principal Investigator
Making Place in the Campus Environment: Preserving the Legacy of Ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Funded by NEH Faculty Grant

2007-2016 Member/Advocate
Thesis Committee for Design and Written Projects in the
MAS, MARCH, MCRP, and MSSD programs
School of Architecture and Planning
The Catholic University of America

2006 Project Director
HUD-HBCU Grant
Morgan State University

2005-2007 Member
Institutional Review Board
Morgan State University

2001-2002 Co-Principal Investigator
"Delineating an Integrated Multifaceted Light Rail Corridor for NE Baltimore City"
National Transportation Center
Morgan State University

2000-2001 Co-Principal Investigator
"A Socioeconomic, Community Based Approach for Developing an
Integrated Mass Transit System for Baltimore City"
National Transportation Center
Morgan State University

Subjects Taught: 

200+: Historic Documentation of Black Female Architects
Independent Study
Directed Study

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Dr. Edwards' unique career has combined place-related research with planning and urban design practice. Her research interests in quality of life are framed within urban design contexts while focused primarily on historic residential and campus environments. Her design background has served as a foundation for her talent for translating and representing ideas and concepts as well as creating alternatives. This orientation has a strong influence in all of her work-from campus planning (in which she led a number of comprehensive university planning and development activities); to master planning activities (for a community college in South Africa and residential environments); to urban transportation studies (which looked at design guidelines and planning outcomes for transit oriented developments); to qualitative and quantitative research (where she performed a comprehensive quality of life analysis that focused on 20 urban areas in the State of Indiana); to pre-development services (such as feasibility analyses, site access and circulation review); to building-related projects (such as establishing programming and urban design and site selection criteria); to community engagement (through focus groups, charrettes, and work sessions to build better relationships as a part of the planning process); to proposal writing (that resulted in a total of $1.6 million funding for four rural economic development projects); and to book design.

Of note is a planning study that culminated in a book that she co-authored entitled, The Long Walk: The Placemaking Legacy of Howard University. This book traced the 127-year history of the physical development of the campus and has led to further research on placemaking at other historically black colleges and universities in the United States. She has been a member of several Urban Design Assistance Teams (UDATs) as well as Planning Assistance Teams (PATs). In August 2015, she was a member of a six-person Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for National Treasure Designation of Morgan State University Campus National Trust for Historic Preservation and Morgan State University.

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Edwards was raised in Washington, D.C. and later graduated from Howard University (Bachelor of Architecture). She went on to receive degrees from Harvard University (Master of Architecture in Urban Design) and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D. in Regional Planning). She returned to North Carolina as a Carolina Minority Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was inducted in Lambda Alpha International (land economics honor society) in 2001. She was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) and will be inducted in April 2018.

She has taught in the graduate city planning programs at Morgan State University's Institute of Architecture (1999 to 2007) and at The Catholic University of America's School of Architecture and Planning (2007-2016) where she served as director of the Master of City and Regional Planning program. She is Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture, College of Engineering and Architecture at Howard University since July 2016.

Interests: 

HONORS, AWARDS, GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Honors

2018 Elected to Membership
College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners

2016 Honorary Member (Inducted)
Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (Architecture and Allied Arts)
Alpha Beta Chapter
Howard University

2001 Elected to Membership
Lambda Alpha International (Honorary Land Economics Society)
George Washington Chapter

Awards

2015 Co-Recipient
Marcia Feld Leadership Award
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning

2010 Recipient
Outstanding Contributions to Chapter Award
National Capital Area Chapter, American Planning Association

2009 Recipient
Lankford+Giles+Vaughn Award for Professor of Architecture of the Year
Washington, D.C. Chapter, National Organization of Minority Architects

2002 Recipient
Outstanding Service to Chapter Award
Maryland American Planning Association

2002 Led Class Project that Received
Outstanding Student Project Award
Maryland American Planning Association

1986 Recipient
Gold Prize in Design
School of Architecture and Planning
Howard University

1986 Recipient
Achievement in Thesis
School of Architecture and Planning
Howard University


Grants

2007 Faculty Research Award
National Endowment for the Humanities
$40,000

2006 Grant to Morgan State University
Funded for up to $600,000
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
o Project Director for the three-year project

2002 Travel Grant
Office of Faculty Development and Research Incentives
Morgan State University

2001 Faculty Research Grant with Dr. Claudia Goetz Phillips
Funded for $89,400
National Transportation Center
Morgan State University

2000 Faculty Research Grant with Dr. Claudia Goetz Phillips
Funded for $84,900
National Transportation Center
Morgan State University

2000 Summer Research Grant (Awarded but declined)
Faculty Development and Research Incentives
Morgan State University

1992 and 1990 Graduate College Travel Grant
University of Illinois

Scholarships

1993-1995 Carolina Minority Postdoctoral Scholars Program
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1989 Graduate College Fellowship
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1988 Dwight D. Eisenhower Scholarship
Harvard University

MEMBERSHIP

American Institute of Certified Planners
American Planning Association
National Capital Area Chapter, American Planning Association
Planning and the Black Community Division, American Planning Association
American Institute of Architects
Lambda Alpha International, George Washington Chapter (land economics honor society)
Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (Architecture and Allied Arts)

News

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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