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Kerry-Ann Hamilton
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Long-Standing Howard Professor Becomes First African American Executive Consulting Architect of the American Battle Monuments Commission

WASHINGTON (April 27, 2010) – Harry Robinson III, professor of architecture at Howard University, was selected as the executive consulting architect of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Professor Robinson is the first African American to serve in this prestigious role.

Robinson will advise the Commission on all design matters supporting the 24 cemeteries and 25 memorials in 14 foreign countries for which the ABMC is the guardian.

The Commission was created as a government agency in 1923 with the mission “to honor the fallen by commemorating the service, achievements and sacrifice of America’s armed forces: our war dead, missing in action, and those who fought at their side.”

In his new role, Robinson will be responsible for developing design guidelines and conceptualizing design approaches for ABMC sites and representing the agency before design review commissions.

He has served on the faculty for 30 years; Professor Robinson is a 1966 and 1970 graduate of Howard, and a 1973 graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

While on the faculty, he has served as dean, interim vice president for academic affairs and vice president for university administration. Among his many accomplishments, Professor Robinson was awarded the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.

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