Thursday, October 31, 2013

All about UDC's Architecture Program

DC's first LEED
Platinum home
before and after
All about architecture--well, all about the University of the District of Columbia’s premiere architecture program, which is part of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences.The Department of Urban Architecture and Community Planning exemplifies the University’s urban land-grant mission, providing a program that equips students with the essential skill set to effectively implement maximum sustainability in the design and planning of buildings, neighborhoods and communities.

The department offers both bachelor and masters degrees: 

This degree requires completion of an eight-semester curriculum for a total of 121 credits.

The Master of Architecture I degree program requires completion of a three-semester curriculum for a total of 37 credits. The Master of Architecture II degree program requires completion of a seven-semester curriculum, for a total of 86 credits.

Architectural Research Institute

The Architectural Research Institute (ARI) is the clinical arm of UDC’s architecture program, offering a research and community service based program that utilizes the university’s capital assets to support the District of Columbia’s mission to provide affordable and energy efficient shelter to its citizens. 

ARI offers programs in construction, architecture, and planning, providing students and faculty with opportunities for research and field work across disciplines in support of the CAUSES mission, “Healthy Cities – Healthy People.” 
Apartment building in
Northwest, DC,
before and after

ARI also serves the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development through its Homestead Program. To date, ARI has participated in the rehabilitation of over 525 homes and apartments, projects valued at more than $110 million.

The Building Rehabilitation Services program of ARI revitalizes abandoned properties throughout Washington, D.C., giving students first-hand insight into today’s discipline of architecture. This includes practice of architecture, including field documentation, specification writing, interaction with other professionals and client contact through project administration.  

The Building Systems and Envelope Assessment program provides technical assistance and training to building owners, managers, operators, and occupants. Have a question about energy efficient design or construction? The ARI team offers a variety of professionals include ENERGY STAR and LEED® experts. Meet them below!

Meet the Experts

Just who are the Department of Architecture and Community Planning and ARI experts? Let’s meet the faculty:

Ralph Belton, RA, CSI, NOMA, ASEE

  • Chair of the Department of Urban Architecture and Community Planning.
  • Has served on the faculty of UDC as an Associate Professor for more than 20 years. 
  • Principal of Belton and Associates, Consulting Architects. 
  • Licensed to practice Maryland since 1983.  
  • Past projects include the Whitelaw Hotel historic preservation rehabilitation; military facility laboratory design; churches and Board of Zoning appeals in the District of Columbia; Architectural advisor/consultant to the Embassy of Grenada and a consultant with the Architectural Research Institute. 
  • Has served on the Mayor’s Commission for Caribbean Affairs.
  • Is a founding member of Friends of Grenada
  • Academic credentials include a conference presentation “The Role of Current Events and Flexible Course Syllabi: A Case Study."
  • Has conducted student study tours to Europe and Japan and personal study/tour of Romania.  

Clarence Pearson, Jr., FAIA, NOMA 

  • Distinguished Professor with over 40 years experience in construction and investment in real estate property. 
  • Founder of the Architectural Research Institute, the clinical arm of UDC’s the architectural education program.
  • Graduate program director.
  • Was a principal in the firm of Pearson, Johnson, Brown and Associates. 
  • Has extensive experience in the design and management of residential, commercial, civil and institutional structures.
  • Has won numerous awards for his outstanding contributions to a variety of professionals, civic and social organizations. 
  • Serves as UDC Professor of Architecture and served as Chairman for more than 18 years. 
  • Elevated to Distinguished Professor for his years of service to UDC.
  • Was elevated to a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture for his extensive work in education in 2005.
  • Recipient of the Paul Phillips Cooke Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Genell Anderson, AIA
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Architecture and Community Planning.
  • Registered architect in Maryland and Washington, D.C. 
  • Has extensive knowledge of the design and architecture of buildings and public facilities in the Washington, D.C. - Baltimore Metropolitan Area. 
  • Expert in the use of the DC Code for building compliance. 
  • Certified Third Party Inspector for the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Serves on the DC Advisory Board for Third Party Inspectors.
  • Published Call of the Ancestors, Influence of African Architecture on American Architecture, 1986. 
  • Founder of AMAR Group, LLC.  
  • Has worked with Sulton Campbell Britt Owens PC and LaMay Associates and DMJM.
  • One of the renovated row houses she designed with a UDC alumnus was featured on This Old House.
  • Received the Mayor’s 2006 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. 

Kathy Denise Dixon, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, CDT
  • Assistant Professor in Department of Urban Architecture and Community Planning.
  • Principal of K. Dixon Architecture.
  • Licensed architect in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. 
  • Has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration projects including Potomac TRACON and several Air Traffic Control facilities across the nation. 
  • Has worked with McDonald’s Corporation developing new restaurants, site planning, designing commercial kitchens, and creating child oriented play areas.
  • Current President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). 
  • Responsible for integration of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Program (LEED) in UDC’s architecture curriculum. 
  • Affiliated with several organizations including the American Institute of Architecture and the African-American Real Estate Professionals. 
  • Featured author in the May 2009 Architectural Record, for “Breakthroughs and Obstacles Architecture’s Evolving Complexion.”
  • Certified by the USGBC’s LEED Program, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, as well as CSI’s Certified Documents Technologist program.

Melvin Mitchell, FAIA 
  • UDC Adjunct professor and has also served as an architecture professor at Howard University.
  • President/CEO of Bryant Mitchell Architects, a 40 year old Washington, D.C. firm.
  • Is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects.
  • Author of The Crisis of the African American Architect, 2002.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Howard University and a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
  • Served as Director/Dean of the School of Architecture & Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., from 1997-2002, where he was a mayoral appointee to the Baltimore City Architectural Design Review Panel.
  • Served as Chairman of the D.C. State Board of Registrars & Examiners of Architects from 1992-1995 and was a mayoral appointee to the DC Historic Preservation Review Board from 1995-1997.
  • Past projects include: the Mount Vernon Plaza, a high-rise-townhouse housing complex in D.C. that was selected as one of 50 outstanding works by a living African American architects at the Chicago Athenaeum; the Metro Center Mixed Used Project in association with SOM for Oliver Car Company and the Knox Hill Village, a planned community of new modular constructed homes in Southeast D.C.

 Vicente J. Caballero
  • Originally from Peru.
  • Holds a professional degree in System Engineering from the University Of San Martin De Porres and a graduate degree from the University of Lima.
  • Holds a Science Degree in Architecture from UDC.
  • Has served as an Adjunct Professor for UDC.
  • Now with the Architecture Research Institute, where he has participated in various housing projects for the Department of Housing and Community Development and the University including the Proposed Vision for the UDC‐Master Plan and the design of the UDC‐Cancer Research Center. 
  • Has worked in various capacities for IBM Peru.
  • Was awarded the DC Chapter of the National Organization for Minority Architects’ Student of the Year award.

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