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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.


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 >>