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Jacqueline Carmichael, MFA

Associate Professor & Program Coordinator of Interior Design

  • Art Department
  • College of Fine Arts


Jacqueline Carmichael, ASID, CKD, NCIDQ, is a tenured Associate Professor and Interior Design Program Coordinator in the College of Fine Arts at Howard University. A certified designer with over 20 years of experience in sustainable and holistic design practice, she is very passionate about cultivating future design professionals. Her teaching experience includes experiential field practice in environmental factors, sustainability, residential, color theory, lighting, business practices, spatial analysis, social research, and fieldwork practicum.


Professor Carmichael‘s current research entails the “Chocolate City to Chocolate Chip African American Housing” series, addressing the chronic displacement, affordability, and housing historiography within the District of Columbia through design and the defining of African American aesthetics in residential interiors.  Her other research includes evidence-based design, slave cabins, design psychology emphasizing African American identity, visual culture, memory and place, and experiential object-based learning.


Current projects involve a community-led participatory design redevelopment of the 1867 first, historically federally funded, established African American community in Washington, DC, through Howard University linkage, the Barry Farm Public Housing into a mixed-income, mix-use, multi-level retail. The project maintains cultural aesthetics and adaptable familial typologies to set precedence in public policy, designing spaces for inclusion and equity through interior design. She has presented papers and posters and appeared on panels at various conferences, including the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), the Environmental Design Research Association Conference (EDRA), DC History Conference, the Popular and American Culture Association, and the Arts in Society Conference.


Professor Carmichael also serves as interior design faculty and graduate student advisor, HU student chapter of ASID advisor, and departmental coordinating chair for the James A. Porter Colloquium. She is a member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), National Kitchen and Bath (NKBA), Architects for Humanity-DC (AFH-DC), and Smithsonian Institution Docent - National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).





Interest entails African American aesthetics in residential interiors, housing, evidence-based design, and design psychology emphasizing African American identity, visual culture, memory and place, and universal and experiential object-based learning.