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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.


Associate Professor William W. Taylor Released Book of Architectural Theory

Tue, March 6, 2018

Associate Professor William Wesley Taylor’s book Drylongso: Excursions in the Production of Place and the Maintenance of Identity was released by college textbook publisher Linus Learning. Professor Taylor comprehensively writes about place and identity from a perspective of over forty years of design practice and thirty-three years of teaching. Read More >>

Professor Ronnie McGhee Elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects

Tue, February 27, 2018

Professor Ronnie McGhee has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). Professor McGhee becomes the 20th graduate of Howard's Bachelor of Architecture program to reach this high honor. Read More >>