Biography of Professor Harry Robinson

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PROF. HARRY ROBINSON, Honorary Member

Professor Harry Robinson

PROFESSOR HARRY ROBINSON, Howard University

Harry G. Robinson, III is a design professional educated in architecture, city planning and urban design and is currently Professor of Urban Design and Dean Emeritus and advisor to the president Howard University and principal of TRG Consulting, an international design firm.

During the period 1979-95 he served as Dean and Professor of Urban Design, School of Architecture and Planning, Howard University and subsequently, 1995-1999 served as interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Vice President for University Administration, Howard University. Prior to the decanal appointment at Howard University in 1979, he was director of the Center for Built Environment Studies that he founded at Morgan State University. This set of programs – architecture, city planning, landscape architecture and urban design – established that university’s first professional interdisciplinary curricula.

He is a twice presidentially appointed Commissioner and elected Chairman, United States Commission of Fine Arts and was elected president of two national architectural organizations - National Architectural Accrediting Board, 1996, and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, 1992. He chaired the UNESCO International Commission on the Goree Memorial and Museum that was established to guide the development of this project in Dakar, Senegal. He has served on major boards and commissions, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Committee for the Preservation of the White House, White House Historical Association and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Robinson is author of the award winning third history of Howard University, THE LONG WALK: The Placemaking Legacy of Howard University and producer of the TELLY recognized documentary by the same name.

He is the recipient of the Tau Sigma Delta Architectural Honor Society Silver Medal, elected membership in the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows, honorary membership in the Colegio de Arquitectos de Mexico, Sociedad de Arquitectos Mexicanos and in the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects. 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. In 1993 Hampton University awarded him its 125th Anniversary Citation for Leadership In Architecture.

In 2003 he was awarded the highest honor bestowed by the Washington Chapter of the AIA, the Centennial Medal. In 2004 he was awarded the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architecture Societies Architect of the Year award.

During the period 1966-1968 he served in the Army of the United States that included a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.

Mr Robinson holds professional degrees in architecture and city planning, B. Arch with design honors, and MCP, Howard University, and an advanced degree in urban design, MCP in Urban Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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