HAMPTON, VA (Dec. 3, 2021) — Hampton University Department of Architecture Chair, Robert L. Easter, will be inducted into the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows on Dec. 8th at a ceremony in Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
“Congratulations to Mr. Robert L. Easter for receiving this esteemed award. Our faculty continue to lead the way in research and innovation within their respective fields of expertise. The world-class faculty at Hampton University continue to exemplify THE Standard of Excellence and their work is recognized globally,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Easter is a passionate, vocal, and successful advocate for diversity and inclusion in the profession. His activism and leadership inspires a stronger learning environment for students and emerging professionals.
His energy and commitment became evident to the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and he was elevated to national leadership, ultimately serving as the 15th NOMA national president. During his tenure, Easter created an alliance with the Black and Colored design community of South Africa traveling to Johannesburg in summer 1994 to help establish a sister organization to NOMA and participate in meetings with the South African Institute of Architects to discuss terms for cooperative sharing of opportunities.
Easter is also a founding principal of a successful architecture firm operating in Richmond, Virginia. In 2008, he began serving as the chair of the Department of Architecture at his alma mater, Hampton University. He has created partnerships with the AIA’s Large firm Roundtable, providing support to the students and instructional offerings within the program. In January 2022, he will become the president of the AIA-Virginia, the state component of the AIA.
About Hampton University’s Department of Architecture
A recognized leader among programs at HBCUs Hampton University Department of Architecture aims its students toward successful careers as licensed professionals nationally. The student body comes from all over the world, and the faculty reflects the diversity of our students. Within the program, students move from high school to a fully accredited Master of Architecture degree in five years. While learning the arts of design, students also learn of the potential for individual buildings to work to create urban spaces in which community life plays out, to travel to study the design of cities abroad, and to learn basics of engineering and building technologies.
About Hampton University
For more than 150 years Hampton University has been THE Standard of Excellence in higher education. Founded in 1868 by Brig. Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, Hampton University has a long successful history of offering a strong academic program of educating the “head, heart and hand,” and emphasizing the development of character. This foundation has been built upon by Dr. William R. Harvey, who has served as Hampton’s president for 44 years, during which time the university has experienced accelerated growth and achieved notable accomplishments. During Harvey’s presidency, 92 new programs have been introduced, 31 new structures dot the landscape of the campus surrounded three sides by water, and the university’s endowment has grown from $29 million to $400 million and growing.