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William W.


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Faculty Details

Associate Professor

Master of Science in Architectural Theory &Criticism
Thesis: “The Transactions of Place Making: An Examination of Interactions between Place Making and the Maintenance of Identity “ [400] pages).
Bachelor of Science in Architecture [professional degree, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. 1971
Architecture (professional program - Kansas State University [professional program], Manhattan, KS, Architecture, 1960-1962
University of Kansas [professional program] Lawrence, KS. 1959-1960


Advanced Architectural Design Studio
Contemporary Architectural Theory [Post-Structuralist Phenomenology]


" Perceptual Experience of Place and the construction and maintenance of Individual & Collective Identity
" Design Process and the structural aspects of Improvisation
" Phenomenological Mapping - Developing tools for the recovery of collective identities through the reconstruction and analysis of local site narratives; Demonstration site - historically African American Community located in North Atchison, Kansas.

Subjects Taught: 

" Design Communications
" Design III
" Design VII
" Design VIII [Thesis]
" Thesis Preparation
" Survey of Contemporary Architectural Theory]
" History/Theory III
" Public Issues
" Construction Documents

Detailed Information

About Me: 

A design award-winning architect, with over 40 years of practice experience including 30 years as a principal designer, Professor Taylor has taught advances courses in design and theory at the University of Massachusetts, the University of /Cincinnati, Hampton University, and Howard University. For the past twenty years Mr. Taylor has been an independent architectural design consultant.

From 2000-2003 Professor Taylor held the position of Chair of the Department of Architecture at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is presently Associate Professor of Architecture Design and Theory at Howard. His primary theoretical, writing, research and practice focus on improvisational/collaborative design process and the phenomenology of place and place located identity.


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 >>