School of Architecture & Design
The Department of Architecture offers a program of study leading to the five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). The program places emphasis on student competence in the following pragmatic areas: design, inquiry/research, architectural history and theory, human behavior and environment, technical systems, computer usage and professional practice. These are complemented by elective courses in general/liberal education, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences that supplement the major courses. Study in these areas provides the student with fundamental design and communication skills through critical thinking, conflict resolution, visual literacy, knowledge of forces that shape and influence societal and human affairs and the impact of new technologies in an ever-changing world. The Design Studio serves as the core synthesizing forum of the program for design and social and human behavior concerns, response to the physical environment, the ethical responsibility for ecologically sustainable design, and the cultural context in which architecture is developed. These and other issues are addressed as an interrelated whole, both horizontally and vertically in the curriculum. The department believes that architecture and design are rigorous acts of creativity, research and scholarship and encourages a pluralistic intellectual environment in which diverse ideas can be investigated and tested.
The School of Architecture and Design is within one of twelve academic units of Howard University. Located in one of the most stimulating international cities in the world, Washington, DC, has a multi-cultural and diversified population, and provides a rich cultural context for the study and promotion of architectural and design ideas and values. The city serves as a laboratory for design studio projects. Students and faculty enjoy a close proximity to theaters, museums, libraries and a diversity of monuments and open spaces of national significance.
The School of Architecture and Design advances the philosophy that the built environment must critically reflect and reinforce the positive values of human cultural experience. All activities at the school, including instruction, research, and public service, are directed toward the development of individuals who are capable of providing leadership in all sectors and at all levels of the profession and society. The school advances the position that the making of architecture is essentially a rigorous act of creativity, research, and scholarship and encourages a pluralistic intellectual environment in which a diversity of ideas are investigated and tested.
Undergraduate Program The program emphasizes the philosophy that design is a method of inquiry and resolution. The design studio serves as the synthesizing element of the curriculum. Students take a total of 171 credits in a five-year curriculum.
- History, Theory, Criticism