Jerome W Haferd is a licensed architect, public artist, and educator based in Harlem, NYC and the Hudson Valley. He is principal of Jerome Haferd, RA and co-founder of the award winning studio BRANDT : HAFERD Architecture with K Brandt Knapp. Haferd is assistant professor of architecture at City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture and an affiliated faculty at Columbia and Yale University.
Haferd’s expanded 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 others. He is lead public installation designer for the 2023-24 Marcus Garvey Park Culture, Creativity, and Care Initiative with Harlem Grown.
He is one of the core initiators of Dark Matter University, a BIPOC led trans-disciplinary network geared towards new models of design pedagogy and practice. His recent projects include BLK BOX, an 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.