Fellow of American Institute of Architects
Howard University architecture lecturer Nea Maloo was recently elevated to the 2023 College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, a distinction only earned by 3% of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) members. There are currently over 95,000 AIA members nationwide.
“I am honored to be part of the college of the Fellows of American Institute of Architects. I am grateful to my wonderful students, administration, collaborators and peers who have always had trust in my work,” said Maloo.
The AIA fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in their profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.
In addition to a minimum of holding AIA membership for a decade, fellowship candidates demonstrate influence in promoting efficiency, advancing planning, building and living standards, architectural education and training standards, and/or increasing services to society.
Maloo primes HBCU students for leadership, creating an essential pipeline for diversity and environmental justice. Her inclusive teaching integrates global equity with climate action and transforms architectural education to advance the profession worldwide.
“Professor Maloo’s elevation to FAIA is a wonderful acknowledgement of her dedicated work to advance Howard University students in the field of Architecture,” said Bradford Grant, interim chair of the Howard University Department of Architecture.
With a strong focus on environmental justice and sustainable architecture, Maloo is also recipient of the 2022 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Course Development Prize issued in collaboration with the Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.
Her winning course proposal, Environmental Justice (EJ) + Health + Decarbonization, was offered for the first time this semester, along with her newly developed Equitable High-Performance Buildings course.
Through the development of Equitable High-Performance Buildings, a new, interdisciplinary course to teach the critical skills needed for sustainable design, climate change mitigation and equitable development, Maloo initiated the designation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Design Designation for the Howard University Master of Architecture program.
Most recently, Maloo received the inaugural Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) Educator of the Year Award for her outstanding accomplishments and dedication to design education.
Watch the CBS special on how the Howard University architecture program is helping to reduce buildings’ carbon footprint.
Elevated to the Fellows Institute of Architects for the global notable contributions to the architecture profession.
ACSA + Columbia Buell Center | Course Development Prize Winner 2022 |Architecture, Climate, and Society
2022 Course Development Prize in Architecture, Climate Change, and Society | Buell Center (columbia.edu)
The Environmental Justice (EJ) + Health + Decarbonization will be a new inter-disciplinary course in the College of Engineering and Architecture, Howard University, for architects, engineers, and environmental studies major students. The course aims to put sustainable building practice at the center of environmental health, justice, and social equity. This course is intended to equip the students with the knowledge of building decarbonization and environmental justice, to be the future leaders in sustainability.
Globally, the embodied carbon emissions from the building sector alone produce 11% of global emissions and has huge impact on the environment. It is also evident that climate change has differing social, economic, health, and other adverse impacts on underprivileged populations. Under the broad umbrella of climate justice, the inter-disciplinary education will offer an overview of the use of technology tools, including the energy simulation modeling, collected data, healthy building material and design approaches in architectural design. Additionally, the students will learn theory and practice of building decarbonization as foundational approach to environmental justice. The goal is to design buildings with holistic strategies with Decarbonization and healthy building material which promotes the climate justice within the architecture profession to the broader local and global community.
CBS interview on Education for climate justice
PAVE Educator Award 2022
Pioneer educator award from Planning and visual education for contribution to the society and design
Faculty Mentor -Solar decathlon winner 2023
The Howard University interdisciplinary teams Retro Booming and Team Revive successfully participated in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2023 Design Challenge. The teams are comprised of 21 students from the architecture, clinical laboratory, engineering, environmental science, environmental studies, and sociology disciplines.
Nea Maloo, FAIA, Howard University architecture lecturer, served as faculty advisor for the teams.
Retro Booming won third place in the retrofit housing division and Team Revive completed the finals. The Retro Booming team was selected as one of 57 finalist teams representing 44 global collegiate institutions. Team members included architecture students El Adon Bey, Bianca Rochelle Briscoe, Darian Jacobs, Malik Johnson, Elijah McKinnie, and Ejovwokoghen Mushale, including clinical laboratory student Eman Munoz, and environmental studies students Sierra Gee, Beleil Lamb and Jayla Wade. Jacobs led the team to the win.
The winning project focused on the revival of the Mary Church Terrell House with net zero strategies. Primarily centered around renovating the historic District of Columbia property purchased by Howard University in 2018, the team found this retrofit to be a perfect opportunity to open the property to the community for public use.
With the intention of dedicating the space to ongoing social justice initiatives, exhibition areas will be created to display the remarkable historical accomplishments of Mary Church Terrell and other noted African American pioneers who resided in Le Droit Park Historic District where the property is located.
“The teams addressed the importance of retrofitting historic buildings in both residential and commercial divisions. They worked in collaboration with other disciplines and produced a winning submission. They addressed climate change and embodied carbon and social justice in their design. I am very proud of the effort, perseverance, and team spirit they put into this competition,” said Maloo.
Recognized as one of 57 finalist teams, Howard’s Team Revive included architecture students Nia Baptiste, Kai Dixon, Crystien Esters, Roshell Grant Wesley, Cameron Mack, Caden Norville, and Tynia Scott, civil engineering student Moriah Hamilton, environmental science student Davonte Douglas, environmental studies student Kennedy Wiliams, and sociology student Julius Dodson. Team Revive participated in the education division to retrofit the Myrtilla Miner Building.
Howard University Teams Win at the DOE Solar Decathlon 2023 Design Challenge | College of Engineering and Architecture
Zero Energy Design Designation (ZEDD)
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy awarded its first-ever Zero Energy Design Designation (ZEDD) seal of recognition to Howard University for its Master of Architecture program with an equitable high-performance energy design concentration.
Earned by only 12 collegiate institutions worldwide, this inaugural designation distinguishes post-secondary academic programs that impart the best practices of zero-energy design on students and require them to apply those building science concepts in actual projects. These leading educational programs are recognized by the DOE for preparing tomorrow’s architectural and engineering leaders to design and build the most sustainable buildings possible.
Howard University architecture lecturer Nea Maloo, AIA, initiated the designation through her development of a new interdisciplinary course to teach the critical skills needed for sustainable design, climate change mitigation and equitable development. The course, Equitable High-Performance Buildings, will be offered beginning in Spring 2023.
The ZEDD Program supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. With buildings being one of the main contributors to carbon emissions, building professionals must be trained to design and construct high-efficiency, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables to achieve this goal.
“Our fight against climate change runs straight through our nation’s buildings, and the forward-looking college and university programs we honored today are paving the way for students to lead our net-zero greenhouse gas emissions future,” said Carolyn Snyder, deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency. “Graduates of these programs will join the front lines of our fight against the climate crisis by designing sustainable buildings that bring the benefits of our clean energy future to all.”
Offered to qualifying programs of study for 3 years, the DOE program requires graduating students to complete a building science education curriculum that uses DOE’s Solar Decathlon Building Science Education learning modules or otherwise meets ZEDD’s learning objectives. Students must also participate in a Zero Energy Design Practicum, either by completing the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design and/or Build Challenge or by engaging in a real-world zero-energy design project that would earn the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification or more stringent energy and environmental performance standard.