Howard Elkus is an internationally acclaimed architect and urban designer responsible for the design of numerous widely acknowledged landmark projects during his distinguished career. Since co-founding Elkus Manfredi Architects in 1988, and previously as a principal of The Architects Collaborative, Howard's work has consistently broken new ground with diverse project types from single buildings to urban master plans on a grand scale. With partner David Manfredi, he has built a major national practice around his dedication to the value of place-making and community-building.
Trained as a mechanical engineer as well as an architect, Howard is noted for his elegant architectural resolutions to complex, multifaceted program requirements and difficult sites with daunting infrastructure constraints. His planning and design solutions are devoted as much to context as to form and appear disarmingly simple, disclosing no evidence of the challenges surmounted. Howard's deep commitment to designing for the human scale has been at the international forefront of the movement to create livable environments that honor the old while celebrating the new. His body of work is a tour de force in visionary place-making.
Howard has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His work has been featured in leading national and international design periodicals and books, as well as prominent news venues. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. One of the youngest architects ever to be elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, Howard was the key designer of the AIA's Washington, DC headquarters in 1973.
Since 2009, Howard has served on the BAC's Overseers and has been a generous philanthropic supporter of the Boston Architectural College.