The Howard H. Mackey Building as the School of Architecture and Planning before it transitioned in 1995 to what is now the College of Engineering and Architecture, housing the Department of Architecture and the Office of the Dean.

Architecture education at Howard University has continued to evolve since it formally began on February 9, 1911, when the Board of Trustees approved degree studies in architecture. In 1951, the Bachelor of Architecture degree program was first accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Today, the Department of Architecture continues to offer a fully accredited program of study leading to the five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) professional degree. Its focus shapes and fosters design inquiry and technical application in students from around the world, particularly those from the African Diaspora.

Architecture is fundamentally about problem-solving which results in design solutions informed by a variety of social, cultural, economic, environmental, and political factors. Students explore a range of architectural typologies, tectonics, and settings, and engage a broad perspective on the human environment. They are exposed to a myriad of opportunities to design efficient and aesthetically-pleasing built environments. The design studio encourages a dynamic response to the challenges faced by our society; hence, we reaffirm our niche as educating activist urban community designers and developers who can respond appropriately.

Located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, Howard’s Department of Architecture draws heavily on the rich heritage of Washington, D.C. Surrounded by both historic and contemporary built fabric, Howard University provides the ideal setting for exploration and discovery. Students can walk across the campus to view a variety of architectural styles and design philosophies. Many campus buildings were designed by African-American architects, some of whom graduated from or lead the architecture program. This is extended into the city and beyond.

The Department of Architecture offers a five-year NAAB-accredited professional degree program with a commitment to excellence, equality, and leadership to design your future.


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 >>