Melvin L. Mitchell

Melvin L. Mitchell

Washington, DC, US



Melvin L. Mitchell has been a practicing architect in Washington, DC, for forty-five years. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, a past president of the DC Board of Architecture, and former director, the Institute (now School) of Architecture & Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore (1997–2002). He was a professor at the University of the District of Columbia (1986–1994, 2003–2014); and James E. Silcott Professor of Architecture at Howard University (2016–2018). His first book, The Crisis of the African American Architect: Conflicting Cultures of (Black) Power and Architecture, 2nd Edition was published in 2002. 

His architecture degrees are from Howard University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

Melvin L.'s Featured Articles on Archinect

Black MD’s, Lawyers…and Architects, Fri, Nov 20 '20

In the eyes and minds of Black America the two professions of medicine and law sit at the apex of respect, envy, and essentiality – as well they should. In my book, African American Architects: Embracing Culture and Building Urban Communities, 2020 (and several published summarizing articles) I ...

Black MD’s, Lawyers…and Architects

Build Something Big! One Million New Affordable Housing Units, 2020-2030, Fri, Sep 4 '20

The USA has an ever-growing affordable housing problem. For Black Americans, however, this problem has been a chronic condition that desperately requires a solution. As DC-based architect and author Melvin L. Mitchell discusses in this op-ed, the work needed to fix this must involve Black ...

Build Something Big! One Million New Affordable Housing Units, 2020-2030

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