Jerome W Haferd is a licensed architect, public artist, and educator based in Harlem, NYC. He is principal of the award winning JEROME HAFERD Studio. Haferd is assistant professor of architecture at City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture where he co-directs the new Place, Memory, and Culture Incubator.

The studio 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. Haferd and his team’s work on complex sites includes collaborations with the Harlem African Burial Ground, Roots to Sky Collective, The Park Avenue Armory, and the National Black Theatre. Haferd is lead architect and designer for the 2023-24 Culture, Creativity, and Care Initiative with the Mellon Foundation and Harlem Grown. The studio is one of the first prize recipients for the International Africatown Design Competition in Mobile, AL and is working on a permanent public artwork and plaza for the East River Esplanade with NYCEDC, Marvel Architects and Stantec.

Haferd is a core initiator of Dark Matter U, a BIPOC led trans-disciplinary network geared towards new models of design pedagogy and practice. He received the 2022 #BlackVisionaries award as part of a DMU cohort.

His team’s recent projects include the Sankofa installation in Harlem, their winning Africatown Competition Proposal “In the Wake”, the BLK BOX experimental arts 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.

Haferd also co-founded BRANDT : HAFERD, and has worked for internationally recognized firms including OMA/Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi Architects, where he was project leader on numerous institutional, planning, and exhibition projects worldwide. In May 2023, he was elected to the Board of Directors of The Architectural League of New York. 


24 Jun 2024 “A Aleia, a new pavilion by Jerome Haferd Studio, opens in Marcus Garvey Park” is published by the Architects Newspaper.

25 May 2024 “Aleia” a new outdoor installation by Jerome Haferd studio opens, alongside a Storywalk and “An Ode to Drexciya”, the new canopy design for Sankofa

15 May 2024 Haferd leads Place, Memory, & Culture Public Activation event with Uptown Grand Central and Spitzer School of Architecture students.

18 Apr 2024 Haferd delivers lecture “Radical Preservation” for the Generative Histories Harlem course as part of the Place, Memory, & Culture Incubator @ SSA

10 Jan 2024 “A Conversation at the Biennale Architettura 18th International Architecture Exhibition” Dele Adeyemo, Jennifer Newsome, & Jerome Haferd, JAE 

18 Dec 2023 “The Politics of the Architectural Profession” interviews, featuring Jerome Haferd Studio published by koozArch.

12 Dec 2023
“Architecture at Water’s Edge : The Harlem African Burial Ground”
, prof. Jerome Haferd, CCNY student exhibit and presentation is held at the Caribbean Cultural Center in Harlem.

10 Nov 2023

Jerome Haferd presents the work of the studio at Rethinking Practice: Climate, Equity, Labor symposium at Columbia GSAPP

20 Oct 2023
Haferd participates in What Remains : Preserving Africatown’s Heritage, at University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design

18 Oct 2023
Jerome Haferd (JH), Claire Weisz (WXY), & Victor Body-Lawson (BLA) speak in Africatown : A Collaborative Approach, Architectural League’s Current Work lecture.

10 Oct 2023
Haferd delivers lecture, Architecture at the Water’s Edge, at Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design

09 Oct 2023
The Dark Matter Issue of Architect Magazine is published. Haferd is part of the editorial team for the issue, which features Jerome Haferd Studio.

26 Sep 2023
Haferd participates in “The Continuation of the Black Home” panel at Harvard Black in Design 2023.

21 Aug 2023
Prof. Jerome Haferd, Dean Marta Gutman, and The Spitzer School of Architecture are awarded a $1.5m Mellon Grant to launch a Place, Memory, and Culture Incubator

27 July 2023
Jerome Haferd Architecture’s proposal, “In The Wake” is awarded First Prize in the Africatown International Design Competition, Site 2, Mobile, AL 

24 July 2023 
“Sankofa” is published in Archinect

20 June 2023 
Haferd is elected to the Architectural League of New York’s Board of Directors, class of 2025

18 June 2023

“Sankofa”, a major public installation by Jerome Haferd opens in Marcus Garvey Park as part of the Harlem Grown Culture, Creativity and Care Initiative.

22-24 April 2023
Haferd, cofaculty A.L. Hu, and CCNY Unit 24 students conduct site visits and design presentations with Pittsburgh National Opera House, McKee’s Rocks Mound, and the Chocolate Cities Cleveland project.

17 Mar 2023
Haferd and DMU participate in a dialogue at Univ. of Toronto Daniels SOA.

16 Mar 2023
Haferd and Dark Matter U colleagues A.L Hu and Nupur Chaudhary deliver lecture “Co-teaching with Community” at University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

03 Feb 2023 
Haferd presents at the 2023 CCNY Harlem Community Engagement Showcase

31 Jan 2023
Haferd moderates the Architectural League of New York’s Current Work : Assemble lecture at the Cooper Union

17 Jan 2023 
Haferd is shortlisted for the 2023-24 Alexandria Site:See Public Art Plaza

12 Jan 2023
Haferd co-leads panel discussion and live workshop with K Brandt Knapp of BRANDT : HAFERD, as part of the AIA New Practices : In Conversation lecture series

17 Nov 2022
Haferd receives Instagram and Brooklyn Museum’s #BlackVisionaries Award as part of Dark Matter U. @design @brooklynmuseum

19 Oct 2022
Haferd presents his lecture, “An Other Spatial Imaginary” at SUNY Buffalo Architecture + Planning

09 Oct 2022 
Haferd’s #Blackprint is displayed at the Park Avenue Armory for Art At Water’s Edge 

30 Sep 2022
Haferd’s collaborative studio, BRANDT : HAFERD, is part of the AIA New Practices New York show “Pause” at the Center for Architecture, which runs through 23 Feb 2023

29 Sep 2022
Dark Matter U’s “Constellations” opens at 2022 Lisbon Architecture Trienal

25 Aug 2022
Haferd is appointed to Assistant Professor of Architecture at CCNY SSA

14 May 2022
Final presentations of “Restorying the Potomac” studio at CCNY SSA, w/ Roots to Sky Collective

16 Mar 2022
Haferd is announced as part of the 2022-23 Wesleyan EAI Fellowship cohort

10 Feb 2022
“Conversation : Black Land Consortium” w/ Jerome Haferd, Emanuel Admassu, Curry Hackett, and Jennifer Newsom at CCNY SSA

14 Dec 2021
Haferd participates in “Decoloniing the Canon” panel for the EDI Global Forum

07 Dec 2021
Final presentations of “Dark Form : The Bronx Museum Expansion” studio at CCNY SSA

08 Nov 2021
Haferd / BRANDT : HAFERD’s work for One Street proposal is featured in New York Magazine with WXY, Marvel Architects, Ifeoma Ebo, and others. The piece includes collaborative work to re-imagine New York’s public realm.

14 Oct 2021
Haferd delivers lecture “An Archaeology of Architecture : The Harlem and Pine Street African Burial Grounds”, at Columbia GSAPP

31 Aug 2021
Haferd / BRANDT : HAFERD present with WXY-led team’s finalist proposal for the Bronx Museum of the Arts Expansion

In The Wake :  Africatown

First Prize, Site 2
Africatown International Design Competition
Mobile, AL, 2023


Harlem Creativity, Culture,and Care  Installation

Harlem, NY, USA, 2023
with Harlem Grown