Harry G. Robinson III
School of Architecture and Design, Howard University
Harry G. Robinson III, FAIA, AICP is a design professional educated in architecture, city planning, urban design and landscape architecture. His leadership career in these disciplines spans practice/consultation, teaching, design management and research.
He is Professor of Urban Design and Dean Emeritus, School of Architecture and Design, Howard University where he has also served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for University Administration during his more that thirty-three year tenure.
Activities aligned with his teaching include, managing principal, TRGConsultingGlobal and executive consulting architect for the American Battle Monuments Commission. His current projects also include writing the centennial history of architecture education at Howard University, 100/144, and writing and producing a documentary on the same history, titled DesireLines. He also served on the National Research Council Committee on Sustainable High Performance Buildings and the board of Realtor University.
In the area of professional leadership, he is the only African American to be president of two national architecture organizations: NCARB, 1993 and NAAB, 1996. He has been chairman, United States Commission of Fine Arts and served on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and director, the White House Historical Association.
Harry is a director, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. During the period 1966 ‑ 68, he served in the Army of the United States achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. His tours of duty included that of a Ranger qualified combat unit commander in the Republic of South Vietnam for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.
He has practiced and lectured internationally, including the keynote address at the 25th Anniversary of the Department of Architecture, Pretoria University, South Africa, 1993, an address before the UNESCO General Assembly and the Vertner Tandy Lecture at Cornell University. He developed the urban design framework for the Botswana International University of Science and Technology and chaired the UNESCO International Committee on the Goree Memorial and Museum. A current project is the design of the United Stares monument in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Korea, Busan, Korea.
His awards include the Washington Chapter of the AIA Centennial Medal, the AIA Whitney M. Young Medal and the Howard University Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement Award. In 1999 he was awarded the Richard T. Ely Distinguished International Educator Award by the Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society. In 1991, he had a partial Fulbright Fellowship at the Cooperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia. Awards from the National Organization of Minority Architects include an honor award in 1991 and a special award in 1992.
He holds degrees from Howard University, B Arch (Design Honors) and MCP and from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MCPUD.