As a professor and architect, C.J. Howard has dedicated himself to keeping the Classical language of architecture alive by contributing to a growing number of contemporary traditional designs and priming future generations to raise awareness of the value of historic preservation and the traditional built environment.
Howard, who teaches Classical Traditional Architecture and Urbanism, a new field of study at Catholic University of America, focuses his research on the documentation of Classical and traditional heritage architecture, particularly in the Washington, D.C. area, and monument design.
Howard, who recently launched his eponymous firm, led the design and construction of major ecclesiastical projects, including a new Thomas Aquinas Chapel and Blessed John Newman Student Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as luxury residential projects while he was with other firms.
In addition, he has worked with the District Department of Transportation proposing visionary projects for the U.S. Capitol and preservation/restoration projects for civic structures such as the Petworth Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C.
New projects in his own firm include designs for the renovation of a historic church in Wisconsin, historic houses in Maryland, and a high school chapel.
“In the field of architecture, I would consider myself still relatively new,” he says, “and as such I am excited about being able to contribute more and more to the field and helping human well-being, which I suppose amounts to true architectural accomplishment.”