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ANJ Architects Inc.
African American AIA Fellow

SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC  Exhibitor
Maryland Based Designer 


Throughout his life, Mr. Johns was active in local, county and state government.



Mr. Johns designed the College Center at Coppin State College in Baltimore, buildings at Bowie State University, the Fairmount Heights Public Library and tiny Glenarden Church of Christ, of which he was a founding member and which was 20 yards from his home. He taught architecture at Howard University and Morgan State University. He also taught in Ghana and Nigeria. Throughout his life, Mr. Johns was active in local, county and state government. He served as secretary for the Glenarden Public Housing Commission, the first public housing commission in Prince George's County, in 1963. He served on the architectural review board of the Maryland Department of General Services from 1970 to 1979. He was a member of the Glenarden City Council from 1981 to 1987. As founding chairman of the Senegal Friendship Committee of Prince George's County from 1987 to 1990, he made visits to Senegal. He was a member of the Historic Preservation Commission of Prince George's County from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Johns received a bachelor's degree from Hampton University in 1955. He received a second bachelor's degree in 1961 and then a master's degree in architecture in 1962, both from the University of Illinois. In 1962, he moved to Glenarden and worked as a licensed architect in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. He established an architectural firm, ANJ Architects Inc.


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Featured Project Name: 

Coppin State University J. Millard Tawes Center, formerly College Center


Featured Project Location: 

Baltimore, MD


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Featured Project Description:

The J. Millard Tawes Center, previously known as the College Center was originally built in 1966 and added to in 1978. It holds several college amenities including a Cafe, Bookstore, Career Development Center, as well as meeting spaces and lounges for students and administrators.


Photography Credit:

Coppin State University

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