Naming Opportunities

In the College of Engineering and Architecture

Class picture of Howard H. Mackey and Lewis K. Downing, after whom the college buildings are named

Naming opportunities exist across the college, in every department, among research centers and student programs and in both buildings that are home to the college — the Howard H. Mackey Building and Lewis K. Downing Hall. The college is the proud recipient of a number of named structures and resources. Please join these donors in supporting the college through a naming opportunity. Opportunities as well as options for funding are listed below.


Howard H. Mackey Building
Dedicated 1989
Named by the University to the honor the legacy of Howard Hamilton Mackey, whose tenure at University included chair of the Department of Architecture, and Director of the architecture program. Responsible for Howard’s five-year program becoming the first at a historically black college or university to be accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board. He provided leadership in developing the architecture planning curriculum, and he was awarded a Ford Foundation grant to implement the new School of Architecture and Planning.

James E. Silcott Endowed Chair in Architecture
Established 2003
Endowed through a leadership level gift from James E. Silcott, BArch’57, the Silcott Chair promotes research publishing, and public awareness of issues and trends in architecture and design

T. George Silcott Architecture and Design Exhibition Gallery
Dedicated 2003
A generous gift from James E. Silcott, BArch ‘57 established the gallery in honor of his brother. The plaque reads: T. George Silcott (1931-2002), a devoted
family man, leader and social activist who committed
his life’s work to the advancement of humankind.

C.D. Moody Studio I
C.D. Moody Studio II
Established 2005
In recognition of a generous gift and
support given to the architecture program
by Charles David “C.D.” Moody, BArch ‘82

The Hilyard R. and Helena Robinson Auditorium
Dedicated 1998
Named in honor of Hilyard R. Robison, longtime faculty member at Howard during the 30’s, and 40’s and his beloved wife, Helena L. Robinson, alumna-School of Education 1913, whose bequest provides support for students majoring in architecture and art education at Howard University

Lewis K. Downing Hall
Dedicated 1950
Named by the University to honor the legacy of Dean Lewis K. Downing who saved engineering and architecture from being abolished during the Great Depression and under whose leadership, the school was transformed from the College of Applied Science
into the School of Engineering and
Architecture. His tenure as Acting Dean and then as dean ran from 1928 to 1964.

The Exxon Chemical Engineering Wing of Lewis K. Downing Hall
Dedicated 1976
Named appreciation of a contribution from Exxon Mobil given for the construction of a facility for the chemical engineering program

Students Aspire
Dedicated 1976
This work of art is the creation of internationally renowned sculptor Elizabeth Catlett (Mora). The 25’ X 8’ flat relief cast-bronze sculpture is mounted on the Chemical Engineering Wing of Downing Hall. The sculpture was made possible by a gift from the Exxon Education Foundation.

The Theodore R. Hagans, Jr. Reading Room
Dedicated 2011
In recognition of a generous gift from
Michele V. Hagans, BS’73, MEG (Civil) ’76, MDIV ’07, the reading room in LK Downing Hall was named
In honor of her beloved father, Theodore R. Hagans, Jr.,(May 11, 1955 –April 28,1984)

David and Lucile Packard Endowed Professorship
Established 1995
A gift from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation established the professorship in engineering, supporting an interdisciplinary program in materials science


Endowed Chair

Endowed Professorship

Endowed Scholarship or Fellowship Fund

Endowed Lecture Series

HowU Innovate Center

Computer Learning and Design Center

Architecture Studios

Teaching and Research Laboratories

Auditorium – LK Downing Hall

Seminar Rooms

Lobby – Howard H. Mackey Building

Lobby – Lewis K. Downing Hall

Patio Area – Mackey Building

Architecture Design Competitions

Engineering Design Competitions

Senior Design Projects – Available in all Majors

Funding a Major Gift Naming Opportunity

Donors may select from among a number of options to provide a major gift in support of a naming opportunity. Options include the following:

  • A one-time donation of the full amount of the gift
  • A pledge agreement that distributes the gift into payments to be made over a
  • Period of time, with specified dates and number of payments, or through a planned gift
  • A gift of stocks
  • A Gift of Real Estate
  • A Planned Gift
  • Gift from a Retirement Plan
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrust
  • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • A bequest through your will
  • A combination of the above

For additional information and to support our college through a major gift naming opportunity, please contact Outreach Coordinator Hayya Shah via phone at 202-806-6567 or email at


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