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Room 138, Mackey Building
202-669-3694 Cell

Faculty Details

Adjunct Professor

Master of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Bachelor of Architecture, Howard University
Licensure as Architect:
DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania
Florida, NCARB


• Multi-Family Housing Design & Development
• Modular Housing Design/Build
• K-12/U Educational Facilities
• Real Estate Development & Finance


• 20th century African American architects in practice, USA
• Howard Univ. architecture graduates to licensure 1945-2016
• Business of architecture and urban economic development
• Architectural education for 21st century practice

Subjects Taught: 

ARCH 601 Thesis Studio
ARCH 664 Design of Low Cost Housing
ARCH 752 The Business of Architecture
ARCH 756 21st Century Global Entrepreneurial Practice

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Melvin Mitchell has been In continuous professional practice as an owner/principal over the past 45 years. He has completed numerous built-work projects in his specialty areas of multifamily affordable housing, educational facilities, and office/retail. Parallel to his practice he has held academic positions at Howard, Morgan, and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) while also publishing and lecturing throughout the US and Southern Africa. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Crisis of the African American Architect. He was inducted into the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. He is past-president of the DC Board of Architecture, and past President-Elect of NOMA (2004). He directed the Morgan Institute of Architecture & Planning program’s transition to the School of Architecture & Planning that included a new BS in Architecture & Environmental Design feeder program. At UDC he developed NAAB Candidacy Application and Initial Architectural Program Report and coordinated the implementation of the M.Arch I & II programs. He is co-founder of the Community Design Center and Professional Practice Clinic at Howard.


Bui Receives Honorable Mention in eVolo Magazine 2018 Skyscraper Competition

Fri, April 27, 2018

Fourth year Architecture student Huy Bui's project receives one of twenty-seven honorable mentions out of 526 projects that were submitted to the eVolo Magazine 2018 Skyscraper Competition. Read More >>

Architecture and Computer Science Students Collab on Howard West Design

Fri, March 30, 2018

The architectural design process of Howard West is underway. Architect Danish Kurani, in partnership with Google, Inc., led the Vision Workshop in the Howard H. Mackey Building yesterday to gauge computer science students' learning space needs directly through students' thoughts and suggestions. Read More >>


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