Edward D. Dunson, Jr. AIA
Edward D. Dunson, Jr. AIA is Chairman of the Department of Architecture and Associate Professor of Architecture in the Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Design, College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, Howard University, Washington, DC. Professor Dunson is a licensed architect and design consultant with over 30 years of leadership experience in the profession of architecture and in architecture education. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Howard University and his Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University.
Professor Dunson was appointed as Chair of the Department of Architecture in 2007 and in this capacity is working toward expanding the departmental programs to be more reflective of the evolving building industry while increasing its influence in communities served by its graduates, locally, nationally and globally. His teaching responsibilities are in the area of architecture design, preservation, the practice of architecture and the cultural and ethical responsibility of architecture in the built environment. Professor Dunson has conducted numerous international architecture student study tours for the expressed purpose of exposing students to the architecture precedents central to the teachings of architecture history, preservation and design. He has also been instrumental in fostering exchanges between the Howard University Architecture Department and several international schools of architecture for the exchange of ideas and culture. Professor Dunson continues to lead the School of Architecture and Design in its efforts to foster collaborative public and private partnerships, collaborative research, and is involved in efforts to include historic preservation as a degree concentration at Howard University to provide leadership in the preservation of the physical and cultural history of the African American experience and influence both nationally and internationally.
In addition, Professor Dunson maintains an active architecture practice and continues to serve on numerous professional, civic, education and community service boards. He is a past member of the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board and is currently a trustee of the District of Columbia Preservation League and the National Organization of Minority Architects/ NOMA and the American Institute of Architects/AIA.