OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
The School of Architecture and Design at Howard University, with a tradition of excellence in Design offers academic programs and opportunities through lectures/seminars and the studio/laboratory experiences.
Within the School of Architecture and Design, emphasis is placed on instruction, research/scholarly activities and activist community service. These are directed toward the development and nurturing of problem solving abilities, creative/critical thinking skills and professional expertise. The ultimate application of these is directed towards the preservation and enhancement of the environment through architecture, design and planning.
The primary mission of the School is to provide professional Design leadership in all sectors and at all levels of society through its professional Architecture degree offerings.
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. 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 test.
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.