Richard H. Howland, an acclaimed scholar and preservationist of classical archaeology and art history, established The Richard H. Howland Lectureship in 2007. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Dr. Howland received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1931. He went on to complete his master's degree in art history from Harvard University in 1933 and his doctorate from Johns Hopkins in Classical Archaeology in 1946.
Dr. Howland taught art history at Wellesley College and held the same position at Johns Hopkins until 1956. Starting in the 1930's and continuing through the 1970's Dr. Howland participated in excavations and research in Athens and Corinth, making a name for himself at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens. In 1958 he published one of his more well known works, "Greek Lamps and Their Survivals."
An accomplished scholar and author, Dr. Howland was more concerned with his work in preservation. Throughout his career he held the position of President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Chairman of the Department of Civil History at the Smithsonian Institute, founder of the Society for the Preservation of Greek Antiquities, and co-founder of the Preservation Roundtable. He was also a trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America and a Franklin Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London.
Richard H. Howland leaves a long legacy of dedication and service to classical archaeology and art history. His generous contributions will support The Howland Lecturer, who is chosen by the AIA Lecture Program Committee, visits two local societies annually.