As the organization nears
five decades of existence...

It has become crystal clear that William Brown, Leroy Campbell, Wendell Campbell, John S. Chase, James C. Dodd, Kenneth B. Groggs, Nelson Harris, Jeh Johnson, E.H. McDowell, Robert J. Nash, Harold Williams, and Robert Wilson were visionaries beyond compare. Their design became the foundation for a thriving community of leaders that are changing the field of architecture, and thereby the world, each and every day.

 

Welcome to NOMA’s updated online home

If you’re already a member we hope you’ll find the resources here, especially the revitalized “Member’s Only” section much to your liking. If you are not a member but are an aspiring or existing AEC professional then we hope the people, projects, articles and interfaces inspire you to join! Finally, if you are simply an interested citizen take a good look around and let us know if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for!

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  • Date: August 24, 2018
  • Article by: Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA

History Seconds

Number 1 question I received this week was, “If Beverly L. Greene was first and Norma M.
Sklarek is third, then who was second?” #GreatQuestion
Georgia Louis Harris Brown, of Illinois. According to numerous sources she is identified as the second African American Female licensed Architect. Sources including the African American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary, 1865–1945, ed. Dreck Spurlock Wilson. (New York: Routledge, 2004), 72–74.

Learn more about the contributions of minority architects through the ages on the History page

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NOMA Voices

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One of the organizations newest chapters launched it’s web presence this summer. Kathleen Starghill Sherrill AIA, NCARB, NOMA, LEED AP is the inaugural President. Here’s an excerpt from the site.

Who is your architectural/design inspiration and why
(professional, starchitect, family member, mentor etc.)?

Several people have influenced and inspired me in my career. Early on, I had few influences. Growing up, there were no women or African Americans that I knew of doing what I wanted to do.
My cousin was a mechanical engineer designing trains and industrial equipment, but that was as close as I got. My mother’s spirit of ‘go out there and be the first’ was always guiding me, but it was not until much later that I met Anthony Johns, Leon Bridges, Marshal Purnell and Jack Travis, that I began to have real role models. When I discovered Norma Sklarek and Paul Williams and read their stories, it was like I discovered a new world.

What is your personal mission/goal for Bmore NOMA?

I would like to see this group become a strong advocate for our profession by supporting and adding to the sustained growth of minorities in the field of architecture. Bmore NOMA will be a resource to architects in all stages of professional career, especially those looking to enter the profession. As we support professional growth, we will also be a resource to support better living conditions in undeserved communities in our city.

If given a week long all expense paid trip to travel today, where would you go and why?

I would travel to Egypt. Africa is the birthplace of humans, and on this continent Egypt has the most preserved ancient examples of early humans’ first examples of creating space. Ingenuity, understanding of climate, and use of materials.

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