School of Architecture and Planning
The Catholic University of America
C.J. Howard is a registered architect and assistant professor at The Catholic University of America.
As a professional architect, he has extensive experience in working for firms in the Washington D.C. Region that are nationally known for their commitment to, classical/traditional design, and now carries that forward in his own practice.
Mr. Howard’s professional work has primarily focused on, residential, ecclesiastical, and civic monument projects. Some of those more recent projects include: a new house on Sullivan’s Island, S.C., a new Thomas Aquinas Chapel and Blessed John Newman Student Center at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), a newly completed and consecrated Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville, TN, and a competition winning design for a new memorial commemorating a community of African Americans who had fled the South during the Civil War, and found a home in Alexandria, VA.
In addition to his professional work Mr. Howard has joined the faculty at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, as a full-time professor, to help advance a newly launched track, teaching Classical Traditional architecture and Urbanism in parallel with a modernist pedagogical curriculum.
Some of his research as a member of the faculty includes the documentation of classical and traditional heritage architecture with a particular focus in the Washington D.C. area. He has also been active on the subject of Monuments and Memorials by entering competitions and offering commentary and design proposals. He has recently written two commentary pieces based on current events sparked by calls of racial injustice, that directly address confederate monuments and civic art, entitled: Theater of Memory: Confronting Confederate memorials in The Hill (June 25, 2020), and America needs civility, and civic art can help.