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Harry G. Robinson, III

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Urban Designer
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spinach
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Favorite Quote:
Everything Looks Better In The Morning.

Birthplace

Born:
1/18/1942
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Urban Designer
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spinach
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Favorite Quote:
Everything Looks Better In The Morning.

Birthplace

Born:
1/18/1942
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Educator and city planner Harry G. Robinson III was born in Washington, D.C., on January 18, 1942. Robinson attended Howard University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1966 and his master’s degree in city planning in 1970. He went on to receive his master’s degree in city planning and urban design from Harvard University in 1972.

After earning his bachelor’s degree, Robinson served in the Army, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. He earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his tour of duty in Vietnam. Robinson began his architectural career with the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency as an architect and planner in 1968, where he remained until 1972. During that same time, he was a professor at the University of Washington, D.C., until 1974. Robinson also taught at Morgan State University from 1971 until 1979. In 1976, he founded and became the principal of the Robinson Group, an urban design consulting firm. In 1979, Robinson was named the dean of architecture and planning at Howard University, a position he held until 1995 when he was named vice president of the university. He remains there today as James E. Silcott Professor of Architecture and Dean Emeritus

Robinson is active in a wide variety of professional organizations. He is the founder of the African American Architect Initiative, vice chairman of the United States Commission on Fine Arts and a professional advisor to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Robinson also serves on the board of directors of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Robinson presided over an international competition in Dakar, Senegal, for urban planners and architects to design a cultural complex, the Goree Memorial, in 1995. Robinson and his wife, Dianne, have three children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Harry G. Robinson, III's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Harry G. Robinson, III lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his maternal family history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his maternal family history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Harry G. Robinson, III describes his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his parents' friends and his parents' hospitality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his family's connections to Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his extended family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Harry G. Robinson, III reflects on his family's success
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Harry G. Robinson, III recalls the sights, sounds and smells of growing up near Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his childhood career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about the importance of Howard University in his life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his elementary and secondary education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Harry G. Robinson, III describes his high school activities and teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about creating a solar house for a high school science fair
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Harry G. Robinson, III describes attending Howard University as an undergraduate in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Harry G. Robinson, III describes the architects that were on faculty at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Harry G. Robinson, III describes his interest in designing buildings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Harry G. Robinson, III describes how his architecture degree has been useful in every phase of his life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his time in Vietnam and his love for Ho Chi Minh City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Harry G. Robinson, III recalls returning to the U.S. after being injured in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his recovery from his Vietnam War injuries
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Harry G. Robinson, III explains how he was able to finance his studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his injury in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Harry G. Robinson, III describes his luck
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about working for Morgan State University and Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Harry G. Robinson, III describes his sabbatical
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about improvements to Howard University's campus in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about Africentric architecture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about Benjamin Banneker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Harry G. Robinson, III describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Harry G. Robinson, III talks about the National Organization of Minority Architects and his own projects
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Harry G. Robinson, III shares his future plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Harry G. Robinson, III reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Harry G. Robinson, III reflects upon how he would like to be remembered