Born to Henry Bardon and Anna Willis Mackey in Philadelphia, Howard H. Mackey established a career in Washington, DC. In summer 1920 he worked for architect for William Augustus Hazel, then attached to Howard University. In 1924 he earned his Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and later gained an M.S. in 1937. After graduation Mackey began teaching at Howard University in the Department of Architecture, but for the first few summers he would return to Philadelphia to work with Howard Horner Jefferson to gain more experience in an architectural office. by 1929 Mackey had become chair of the Department of Archiecture at Howard, but with the onset of the Great Depression Howard University reacted by attempting to dismiss the Department of Architecture. Fortunately this effort was not successful, and by 1931 the university established the School of Engineering and Architecture with Mackey as acting director.
After time away from Howard University to pursue his masters at the University of Pennsylvania, Mackey returned to Howard as director of the School of Engineering and Architecture and remained for 32 years. Mackey was responsible for Howard's School becoming the first historically Black college or university to be accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board to award a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree.
While on sabbatical in the 1950s he became an adjunct instructor in Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland, administering a contract from the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Operatons Administration for master plans for housing in British Guiana and Paramaribo, Surinam.
Mackey gained Fellowship status with the American Institute of Architects in 1962. In 1983 he received the "Whitney M. Young Jr. Citation" from the AIA for his influence on the African American architects in the United States.
Mackey retired from Howard in 1968 but soon returned to help them add a program in city planning to their School of Architecture.
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