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Howard University School of Architecture Visit to Studio 27

News—————22 November 2023

Written By: Keisha Wilson, USGBC LEED AP BD+C

Howard University School of Architecture program is a fully accredited architecture program for both a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Design Studies or a five-year Master of Architecture.  Its focus shapes and fosters design inquiry and technical application in students worldwide, particularly African Diaspora students.

During Howard students’ visit to Studio 27, we presented the students with some current and past projects the studio has been involved with on Howard Campus, along with a few other project types (i.e., residential). We answered their questions about in-field experience and the day-to-day studio work before giving them a tour of Studio 27.

Students going on studio visits aids them in getting more exposure to the different types of architecture firms and design solutions and expands their knowledge. It also facilitates and engages them in conversations that may help them broaden their view of the field of architecture and assist them in deciding their path after graduating. I still remember the architecture firm site visits at Howard University, learning more about the profession and practice, and hearing about individuals’ personal experiences. Those visits had a significant impression on my career decisions, and I value being able to have that experience before graduating.

Mentorship in architecture is critical in providing knowledge, support, and expanding networks to assist in the career. It is also a factor in the NCARBS AXP experience by having supervisors and mentors guide students through licensure. Since I have worked with Studio 27, many projects have contributed to the community environment. Utilizing community engagement, the studio has designed projects with communities as the focus of the completed product.

It was great to have students from Howard, Keisha’s alma mater, visit the studio.  The studio offers a warm welcome to visiting students from a half dozen different universities each year. Our architects engage the students in discussions about the design process, office culture, and career paths. The questions from the students are always intriguing, and we like to think both the students and architects come away from the experience energized.

 

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