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Howard University Architecture Lecturer Nea Maloo Receives Prestigious Course Development Prize

photo on campus of Howard University architecture professor Nea Maloo

WASHINGTON – Architecture lecturer Nea Maloo, AIA, was recently announced as the winner of the 2022 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Course Development Prize issued in collaboration with Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. The competitive prize recognizes exemplary course proposals on the designated theme of “architecture, climate change and society.”

Environmental Justice (EJ) + Health + Decarbonization is the title of Maloo’s winning course proposal. The course was designed to instruct students on how to put sustainable building practice at the center of environmental health, justice and social equity. It was created as a new interdisciplinary course offered in the Howard University College of Engineering and Architecture for students majoring in architecture, engineering and environmental studies. It will be offered beginning in Fall 2023.

“This course embraces architecture, climate and society together as a whole and empowers students to become leaders in sustainability,” Maloo said. “By incorporating design methods of decarbonization and health in building, we will create environmental justice for all.”

The course will offer an overview of the use of technological tools used in the field, such as energy simulation modeling, as well as collected data, healthy building material and design approaches in architectural design. Students will also learn theory and practice of building decarbonization as a foundational approach to environmental justice. The overarching goal is for students to learn to design buildings with holistic strategies while applying decarbonization and using healthy building material that will promote climate justice within the architecture profession to the broader local and global community.

According to the Buell Center website, successful proposals for the prize were to include methods and themes that innovate within the educator’s institutional setting. Students should be challenged in a way that would equal in weight to the challenges faced in society during a pandemic as the intertwined causes and effects of climate change prevail.

Howard University’s Department of Architecture has drawn heavily on the rich heritage of Washington, D.C., since it began offering degree programs in 1911. The department focuses on shaping and fostering design inquiry and technical application among students from around the world, particularly those from the African diaspora. For more information about the Department of Architecture, please visit: www.arch.cea.howard.edu.

For more information about the Maloo’s prize-winning course design, please contact Hayya Shah at hayya.shah@howard.edu.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.

Media contact: Sholnn Freeman; sholnn.freeman@howard.edu