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Hampton University

Hampton UniversityHampton University is a private-endowed non-sectarian institution located in southeastern Virginia, with picturesque waterfront and historic buildings and landmarks.  It has embraced the principles of “education for life” and “learning by doing since its founding in 1868, when it represented “an oasis of opportunity” for newly-freed people behind Union lines.  In 1878 Hampton established a program for Native Americans, graduating its last student from that program in 1923.  It has recently renewed its initiative to attract Native American students.

Offering a 5.5 year Master of Architecture, Hampton’s Department of Architecture has been educating professional leaders for more than 50 years.  The program received its first NAAB-accreditation in 1969, and had its most recent accreditation visit in spring 2009.  The visit accreditation of Hampton’s masters Program for another 6 years.  Graduates from the HU program include John S. Chase, the first African American to practice architecture in Texas and a co-founder of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA); and John Spencer, HU professor emeritus who chaired the department for 25 years.

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The program emphasizes civic, environmental, and global responsibility, exploring “questions of identity in design and architecture.”  The accreditation team noted the development of HU architecture students in their report stating, “The students seem to understand their roles as future graduates, emerging professionals, and future practitioners.” In addition the report also referenced the students’ leadership skills by stating, “they realize the importance of finding new solutions to complex problems, likewise, devising new research methods to arrive at new conclusions.”  Students complete a summer community design practicum with local housing and community groups.  In design studios, Hampton students have worked with local business and civic groups, including the Norfolk Design Center.

Hampton’s Urban Institute, the Department of Architecture’s service learning component, focuses on exploration and development of the local urban environment.  It has focused on three environmental design issues:  community design awareness and education; urban and community revitalization and preservation; and assistance in developing accessible and affordable housing and neighborhoods, including architectural design, specifications and details.

Chair:  Robert L. Easter, NOMA, AIA

Contact Information

Department of Architecture, School of Engineering and Technology

Hampton University

Hampton, VA 23668

Phone: 757.727.5440

Fax: 757.728.6680