The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that on 8 April 2015, the President appointed Edward D. Dunson, Jr., AIA, to serve a four-year term on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.
Edward Dunson is a licensed architect and design consultant with more than 30 years of leadership experience in the profession of architecture and in architecture education. Since 2007, he has served as chair of the Department of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Design, College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he has worked toward expanding the departmental programs to be more reflective of the evolving building industry while increasing its influence in communities served by its graduates, locally, nationally, and globally.
In his work as associate professor of architecture, Mr. Dunson focuses on the areas of architectural design, preservation, the practice of architecture, and the cultural and ethical responsibility of architecture in the built environment. He has conducted numerous international study tours and cultural exchange programs to educate students about the precedents central to the teachings of architectural history, preservation, and design. He has also led the effort to include historic preservation as a degree concentration at Howard University to provide leadership in the preservation of the physical and cultural history of the African American experience and influence, both nationally and internationally.
Mr. Dunson received a bachelor of architecture degree from Howard University and a master’s degree in architecture and urban design from Columbia University. He maintains an active architecture practice and continues to serve on numerous professional, civic, education, and community service boards. He served as a member of the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board, is the past president of the District of Columbia Preservation League, and is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects/NOMA and the American Institute of Architects.