Placemaking at HBCUs and the State of the Dream

January 30, 2020 @ 5:30PM — 8:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

A conversation accompanying the current exhibition at The Octagon, “Without Regard to Race, Sex, or Color: The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College”

Placemaking at HBCUs and the State of the Dream image

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) make up 3 percent of the country’s colleges and universities, enroll 10 percent of all African American students, and produce almost 20 percent of all African American graduates*, making these institutions increasingly impactful and vital. While meeting admissions goals and improving retention rates are critical goals for any college, for HBCUs history, students’ backgrounds, cultural nuances, and other factors require different approaches to student success. Thoughtful campus planning and design can play an important role in creating environments that allow students to embark upon higher education as the cornerstone of the Dream.


Andrew B. Feiler, Photographer
Bradford C. Grant, Professor of Architecture, Howard University
Warren L. Williams, AIA, Principal, Lord Aeck Sargent


Renée Yancey, Managing Director of EDI Development & Workforce Strategy, The American Institute of Architects

We hope you'll join us for a panel discussion January 30th at The Octagon.

Additional information

Food and drink will be served. This panel qualifies for AIA Continuing Education credits (1.25 LU).

*UNCF. "African Americans and College Education by the Numbers."