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Architecture and Community Planning



Genell AndersonGenell Anderson, AIA
Assistant Professor

Ms. Anderson has extensive knowledge of the design and architecture of buildings and public facilities in the Washington, DC - Baltimore Metropolitan Area.  She is a registered architect in Maryland and Washington, DC.  She is a Certified Third Party Inspector for the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and serves as a board member of the DC Advisory Board for Third Party Inspectors. She is a former board member of DC Board of Architects. She is published: Call of the Ancestors, Influence of African Architecture on American Architecture, 1986.  She is founder of AMAR Group, LLC (AMAR).   The renovation of a row house that she designed with a UDC alumnus was featured on This Old House and received the Mayor's 2006 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. 


Kathy DeniseKathy Denise Dixon, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, CDT
Assistant Professor

She is the Principal of KDD Associates LLC.  She is a licensed Architect with registration in several states.   Her experiences included work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and McDonald's Corporation. Ms. Dixon is the President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).  She is the LEED certified person with responsibility for integration of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Program (LEED) in the architecture curriculum.  Ms. Dixon is affiliated with several organizations including the American Institute of Architecture and the African-American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP).  Among her several publication she has a featured article in Architectural Record, May 2009 – "Breakthroughs and Obstacles Architecture's Evolving Complexion" and a speaker presentation at the NOMA Annual Conference, Boston MA - "Riding the Vortex: African American Women in Architecture" Oct 2010.


Ralph BeltonRalph Belton, RA, CSI, NOMA, ASEE

Mr. Belton is the current Chairperson of the Department of Urban Architecture and Community Planning. He is the principal of Belton and Associates, Consulting Architects.  He is licensed to practice in the State of Maryland since 1983.   His many projects include historic preservation; design of military facilities and condominium design. He has served on the faculty of UDC as an Associate Professor for more than 20 years.  He came to the University with 11 years at another institution.  He has served on the Mayor's Commission for Caribbean Affairs is a founding member of Friends of Grenada, Inc, -- a 501.c.3.  He has served on many boards including as Vice President of the Board of Trustees at All Souls Church, Unitarian.  Academic credentials include a conference presentation syllabi design 'The Role of Current Events and Flexible Course Syllabi: A Case Study.' Mr. Belton has been a conductor of Study Abroad and Service Learning Travel to Europe, Japan and the Caribbean.


Clarence PearsonClarence Pearson, FAIA

Mr. Pearson has 40 years of varied experience in architecture; construction and investment in real estate property.  He was a principal in the firm of Pearson, Johnson, Brown and Associates.  He has served on the faculty of UDC as a professor in the Architectural Program.  He has served as its Chairman for more than 18 years.  Mr. Pearson has extensive experience in the design and management of residential, commercial, civil and institutional structures. His extensive experiences have made him an invaluable resource for the educational process in the Architecture Program.  Mr. Pearson has won numerous awards for his outstanding contributions to a variety of professionals, civic and social organizations.  For his extensive work in education he has been elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture.  For his years of service to the University Mr. Pearson has been elevated to Distinguished Faculty. Mr. Pearson is the founder of the Architectural Research Institute (ARI).  ARI is the clinical arm of the architectural education program.


Vicente J. Caballero

Originally from Peru, Vicente J. Caballero graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of the District of Columbia, where he continued on to become an Adjunct Professor in the University's Architecture program. His projects include residential and commercial buildings around D.C. He is now with the Architecture Research Institute, the clinical arm of the architectural education program, where he has participated in various housing projects for the Department of Housing and Community Development and the University including the Proposed Vision for the UDC‐Master Plan and the design of the UDC‐Cancer Research Center. He holds a professional degree in System from the University Of San Martin De Porres. He has worked in various capacities for IBM Peru before attending the University of Lima's graduate program in System Engineering. In July 2012, he was awarded the DC Chapter of the National Organization for Minority Architects' Student of the Year award.



Ahmet Zeytinci Ph.D., P.E., Fellow-NSPE

Ahmet Zeytinci is a Professor of Structural Engineering and former Chair of the Department of Engineering, Architecture and Aerospace Technology at UDC. He was named Engineer of the Year 2013 by the DC Council of Architects and Engineers. Dr. Zeytinci is active in professional organizations and is currently co-chair of the ASCE National Capital Section and past president (twice) of the District of Columbia Society of Professional Engineers. He is a registered professional engineer; designed various structures in Washington Metro Area including the award winning 7th District Police Station. He has over 30 years of experience in teaching, research and engineering practice in Europe, Japan and the U.S.

Howard GibbsHoward C. Gibbs, P.E.
Adjunct Professor

Howard Gibbs has served as a UDC adjunct professor of Architecture since 2011, and was an adjunct professor in the Department of Engineering, Architecture and Aerospace Technology from 2006-2008. Prior to UDC, he served in various capacities for the Potomac Electric Power Company, Civil and Substation Engineering Department, where he performed civil/structural engineering design and development of substations and other facilities.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. He is a registered professional engineer in D.C., Maryland and New Jersey.

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Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Ralph Belton, Program Director

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Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Architectural Research Institute - Clarence Pearson, Director

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