School of Architecture + Art Presents Award-Winning architect Zena Howard

By Marc Kolb

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art is honored to present our second guest speaker of the MATERIALITY: FABRICATION FOR COMMUNITY lecture series.

Zena Howard

Zena Howard is Principal and Managing Director of the North Carolina practice of global architecture and design firm Perkins + Will. An award-winning architect, strategist, mentor and team builder, Zena is known for her success leading visionary, complex, and culturally significant projects.  

Howard will be joining us in Chaplin Hall on Friday, Nov. 4th, 2023, at 4 PM. The lecture free and open to the public and can be live streamed: click here to join the live-stream.

Howard has been recognized as a citizen architect for shaping architecture through Remembrance Design, a design process that responds to inequity and injustice by restoring lost cultural connections and honoring collective memory and history. Her most notable work includes the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and The Durham County Human Services Complex in Durham, North Carolina.  She is aware of the emotional link between people and places in the built environment. This premise guides her work as the global chair for cultural and civic engagement as well as her responsibility in uniting communities and advancing the welfare of the public.

The Norwich University Architecture + Arts Lecture series is made possible in part through a generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, a philanthropic organization supporting cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors, backs the School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series. For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation and Norwich University have partnered to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists, and writers to campus. Events are free and open to the public.

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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