Jerome Haferd

Assistant Professor


The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture





Jerome Haferd


Jerome W Haferd is a licensed architect, public artist, and educator based in Harlem, NYC. He is assistant professor of architecture at City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture. Haferd is principal of award-winning studio Jerome Haferd Architecture and co-founder of BRANDT : HAFERD Architecture. He is also a core initiator of Dark Matter U (DMU), a BIPOC led network geared towards new models of design pedagogy and practice.  Haferd received the 2022 #BlackVisionaries award as part of a DMU cohort. He is co-director for the Mellon funded Place Memory and Culture Incubator at Spitzer School of Architecture beginning in Fall 2023.

Haferd’s research and practice critically engages built environment projects in both urban and rural contexts, often looking to marginalized histories to unlock a new imaginary for architecture, design, and cultural infrastructure. His writing on Blackness, archaeology, and design has been published in Log, Project, JAE, and PLOT journals. His work on complex sites includes collaborations with the Harlem and Pine Street African Burial Grounds, Roots to Sky Collective, The Park Avenue Armory, and the National Black Theatre. He is lead designer for the 2023-24 Marcus Garvey Park Culture, Creativity, and Care Initiative with Harlem Grown. His practice was recently awarded First Prize in the Africatown International Design Competition with the proposal, “In The Wake”.

Jerome’s recent projects include the Sankofa installation in Harlem, the BLK BOX experimental arts and performance venue and Beautiful Browns, awarded second prize in the 2021 OnOlive emerging Black architect housing competition. Haferd co-led the DMU “Constellation'' exhibit at the 2022 Lisbon Architecture Trienale : Terra.


Educational Credentials :

  • M.Arch., Yale University, 2010
  • B.S. with Distinction, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University, 2007

Teaching Experience :

  • Assistant Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2022-present
  • Substitute Assistant Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2021-2022
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2019-2021
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University, 2017-2022
  • Adjunct Faculty, Columbia University, 2013-2017
  • Lecturer, Yale University, 2021-2022
  • Initiating Member and Faculty, Dark Matter U., 2020-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Barnard College, 2019-2021
  • Adjunct Faculty, NJIT, 2017-2018
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, 2017-2018​

Professional Experience :

  • BRANDT : HAFERD (Jerome W Haferd & K Brandt Knapp), New York, 2012-present
  • Jerome W. Haferd, Registered Architect, New York, 2017-present
  • Bernard Tschumi Architects, New York/Paris, 2010-2017
  • Harrison Atelier, New York, 2010
  • Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Beijing, 2009
  • Zephyr Architects, Beijing, 2008
  • NBBJ Design, Columbus, OH, 2007
  • ka architecture, Cleveland, OH, 2006
  • TC Architects, Akron, OH, 2005

Licenses/Registration :

  • Architecture License, New York State