• School of Architecture and Planning
  • Expertise

  • Classical and Traditional Architecture and Urbanism
  • Watercolor Rendering
  • C.J. Howard is a practitioner and full time professor contributing to the advancement of the schools classical/traditional pedagogy. He directs the Classical Architecture & Urbanism Concentration of studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    Some of his research includes the documentation of classical and traditional heritage architecture with a particular focus in the Washington D.C. area. In 2019, Mr. Howard won the Leicester B. Holland Prize Competition for the complete documentation of the Lyceum building in Old Town Alexandria.

    Mr. Howard has also been active on the subject of Monuments and Memorials by entering competitions and offering commentary and design proposals. Howard received recognition as the winning entry of a Contrabands’ and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. His winning design, chosen from among several hundred entries submitted from 20 countries, was used as the design framework for the memorial that was completed and dedicated in 2014.  

    As a professional architect, he has spent more than two decades practicing in the Washington, D.C. region, where he has had extensive experience working for firms nationally known for their commitment to classical and traditional design.

    Mr. Howard served as Lead Project Architect leading the design and construction of major ecclesiastical projects. In addition to his ecclesiastical portfolio, Mr. Howard has experience in residential, civic and urban design. Some urban design projects include collaboration with the District Department of Transportation, to propose new visionary projects for our Nations Capitol.

    Today, Mr. Howard is building on past experiences in cultivating his own firm, working on projects that include renovation designs for historic houses, & ecclesiastical renovations. 

    Mr. Howard received both his Bachelor of Architecture (2000) and Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism (2010) from the University of Notre Dame.


    Institute of Classical Architecture,

    National Civic Art Society,

    The Congress for New Urbanism,

    National Council of Architecture Registration Boards.

    Articles Written

    [Commentary] Discriminate Expectations. Traditional Building Magazine - Spring 2022. Commentary on the role traditional design plays in civic spaces and civic art (in the form of monuments), as it relates to incidents of perceived social injustice.

     [Commentary] America needs civility, and civic art can help. Public Square: A Congress for New Urbanism Journal – August 6, 2020. Commentary about the value of civic art and how it can help achieve more civility in the current climate of unrest and civic iconoclasm. A proposal in the form of a sketch rendering accompanies the piece.

    [Article] The Value of Wisdom through Experience – Sustainable Heritage. WIT Press, Volume 191 – Fall 2019. A reflection of our built heritage and the need to understand its comprehensive value in the realm of architecture to better sustain it as a resource.

    [Article] The Throne of Paris. Sacred Architecture, Volume 36 – Fall 2019. CJ Howard reflects on Notre Dame Cathedral and offers a design of a new Gothic fleche.