The Resilient Woman: The Case of Howard University’s Architecture and Planning Graduates

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Wednesday, October 4, 2017
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT

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This presentation will focus on the resiliency of women who have been trained at Howard University in architecture and city planning. Architecture education began at Howard in 1911, but it was not until 1950 when it graduated its first female student. In some years, there was a 20:1 male to female ratio which suggests the determination of women to learn within a male-dominated academic environment and to pursue careers where there were few women colleagues. To date, about 20 percent of Howard’s graduates in architecture and 29 percent of graduates in planning have been women. Three of the nineteen Howard architecture graduates who have been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) are women. Many lead dynamic architecture practices and have been exemplars of the Howard tradition of preparing “activist practitioners.” The presentation not only analyzes the career paths of Howard’s women graduates but also highlight the experiences of key individuals who have practiced in Washington, D.C. Lessons learned from an on-going project to document the experiences of mainly African American female architects are also presented. Particular attention is given to the insight of women who hold leadership positions in these disciplines. Though highlighting the Howard trained practitioner whose professional development was guided by the University's motto, Veritas et Utilitas (Truth and Service), the learning objectives embrace women who have been trained in the design and planning fields, in general.


Hazel Edwards, FAICP

Invited Speaker


Nea Maloo

Invited Speaker

Nea Maloo is a licensed architect who is the Founder, Principal Architect, and Interior Designer of Showcase Architects. Her LEED-AP certification has guided her practice and teaching of sustainability principles. She also teaches at Howard University as an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture where she has been a ... Read More

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