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Faculty Details

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Howard University, Washington, DC, Bachelor of Architecture, 1978; Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1974 Completed Junior year, majoring in Anthropology


General Architectural Practice, Historic Preservation Architecture, Interior Design, USGBC Sustainable Design, Educator


Architectural Technology, Historic Preservation Design and Policy, Preservation Technology
Sustainable Design, Environmental Policy, and Anthropology

Subjects Taught: 

Materials and Methods, I and II
Materials and Methods, I and II
Construction Documents I
Modern Architecture in Historic Districts
(AXP) Intern Development Program

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Recently elevated to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Architecture (2018), Career includes over thirty years of professional practice in architecture including sixteen years as partner-in-charge and owner of a Washington, D.C.-based architectural firm, R. McGhee & Associates specializing in sustainable architecture, urban design, interior design, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse. Mr. McGhee is Licensed in three states, NCARB Certified and is USGBC, LEED, AP.

Designed and completed work on numerous DC Landmark and US Park Service (USPS), National Register Listed properties, served on the DC Historic Preservation Review Board for six years and he is listed with both the DC Historic Preservation Review Branch and US Park Service as a Historic Architect.

Currently the Chairman of the DC Board of Architecture and Interior Designers and Associate Professor at Howard University’s School of Architecture, 2001 to present, serving as educator and mentor to many past and present architectural students at Howard University, founding the Intern Development Program for the University. Mr. McGhee is currently the IDP Academic Coordinator for the HU Architecture School.

Experience includes over 160 projects executed including five years as the Chief of Architecture & Engineering at Bolling Air Force Base. Recent projects include schools, such as DHS Short Term Family Housing Complex, Murch Elementary School, Hearst Elementary and Peabody Early Childhood Education Center, libraries, such as Tenley, Capitol View, and Anacostia Libraries, and historic projects, such as Deal Middle School and the Links Foundation Headquarters, which is the first African American Service Organization to achieve LEED Gold.

I believe that architects have a responsibility and a role to play in defining the direction and future of their communities. Mr. McGhee has concentrated his recent work on the design of sustainable new and existing schools, libraries, parks, offices, residences and retail spaces that reflect good construction and urban design practices and foster neighborhood development.


Commemorating the Life of Alumnus and Former Operating Dean Jerome W. Lindsey

Fri, January 18, 2019

Alumnus and former Operating Dean Jerome W. Lindsey, Jr. passed away on New Year’s Day. Lindsey leaves behind a legacy of community engagement and activism, passionate learning and teaching, and paving the way for black architects and planners.Read More >>

Architecture Alumni Among Top Five Finalists for Parliament Design Competition in Kingston, Jamaica

Tue, January 8, 2019

Our finalist team, GSA Architects and Planners, led by Jamaican architect Guenet Anderson, includes Howard architecture alumni Leland Edgecombe, AIA, ASLA, AICP, CNU (B.Arch. 1978), Emerson Hamilton, AIA (B.Arch. 1979, M.Arch. 1982), Emmanuel Mdingi, AIA (B.Arch. 1996), and Nicholette Gordon (B.Arch. 2016). Read More >>