Over the weekend (March 29-30), the School of Architecture and Planning hosted the 4th Annual HBCU Forum, a gathering of students, faculty, administrators, and professionals, from all of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country that offer programs in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Construction Management. Participating schools included Alabama A&M, Florida A&M, Hampton University, Howard University, Prairie View A&M, University of the District of Columbia, and Morgan State University.
For the two-day event, panelists discussed several topics including the evolution of the Inner Harbor development, careers in planning, landscape architecture, and construction management, and software workshops conducted by students and alumni.
One of the highlights of the weekend was President David Wilson and Dean Mary Anne Akers talking about Morgan's commitment to its surrounding neighborhood, through its Morgan Community Mile initiative. Subsequently, Saturday morning, students, faculty, and community members participated in design charrettes for targeted areas in the Morgan Community Mile.
The Forum culminated with a keynote address (video) from Diane Hoskins, FAIA, corporate director at Gensler, the world's leading design firm, with over 2000 clients in 80 countries and the panel discussants led by Christine Hinton-Lee, AIA, former chief architect of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, worldwide, M. "Jay" Brodie, FAIA, recently retired president/CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation, Kathy Dixon, AIA, president, NOMA National, and Stanford Britt, FAIA, partner of Sultan Campbell and Britt and Professor at Morgan State University.
Professors Leon Bridges, Stanford Britt, and Dale Green were instrumental in planning the entire weekend. Kudos for all their work.