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 and co-founder of BRANDT : HAFERD Architecture. Haferd is assistant professor of architecture at City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture where beginning Fall 2023 he will co-direct the new Place, Memory, and Culture Incubator.

Haferd’s 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 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. He is lead architect and installation 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.

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.


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 


gallery and performance venue

New York, NY, 2022-ongoing
with Philip K Spradley