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Bradford Grant

Interim Chair and Professor

  • Department of Architecture, CEA
  • College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA)


Bradford C. Grant has been in leadership roles at Hampton and Howard Universities as Chairperson, Director, Associate Dean and Interim Dean.  As a registered architect and a distinguished educator he has extensive experience in community design, contemplative practices through drawing in design education and environmental justice in architecture. His community design work, research on the role of African American architects and his teachings on “Drawing as Meditation” has earned him the Virginia Downtown Development Association Award, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Education Honor Award, the AIA Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society’s Contemplative Practice fellowship.

Grant has served as past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Humanities DC, and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. He is currently president of the board of the Healthy Building Network and is the co-founder of the “Directory of African American Architects”, the first comprehensive survey, analysis and report on the numbers and role of the African American Architect.  He is appointed as the inaugural “Instagram Artist in Residence” at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and has been honored with the ACSA Distinguished Professor Award.

Education & Expertise



Master of Architecture
University of California, Berkeley


Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree
California Polytechnic State University


Architecture, Urban and Community Design, Drawing and Sketching, Contemplative Practices in Education.



Foundations in Design

Beginning Architecture Design studio courses with emphisis on representation, drawing and the desig process.

Public Issues in Architecture

The “Public Issues in Architecture”, introduces upper division students to key issues connecting climate change and climate justice to the role of the architect via the public/civic engagement processes. 




Cultural and Social factors in Architecture,Urban and Community Design.



ASCA Distinguished Professor

The 2021 Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service.

Instragram Artist in Residence

Architect and educator Bradford C. Grant has been named as the inaugural Instagram artist-in-residence by Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.Grant, who is a professor in the Department of Architecture at the Howard University College of Engineering and Architecture, will "provide engaging insight into the museum’s programs and its community through his sketch work and made-from-life drawings,". Grant's work will be shown via the gallery's Instagram account, @smithsoniannp