Cultural Expression in the Built Environment

Zena Howard, architect and project leader.

“Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Beyond: Cultural Expression in the Built Environment,” will be presented by Mars Hill University (MHU) and the Rural Heritage Museum.

The lecture takes place on Thursday, September 21 at 7 p.m. in MHU’s Broyhill Chapel.

Zena Howard, Senior Project Manager for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., will speak.

Howard is Managing Director of the North Carolina Practice of Perkins+Will, a global architecture and design firm.   She has more than 20 years of experience as an architect and project leader.

Her experience includes specialized and unique design goals such as environmentally sensitive artifact exhibit areas, historically and culturally significant buildings and locations, and sustainable design.

The Presidential Lecture and Performance Series at Mars Hill University complements Mars Hill University’s emphasis on the liberal arts by bringing distinguished and knowledgeable individuals to lecture on a wide range of topics and to provide high quality performances in the cultural arts. For more details, visit


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