Special post-conference note from President Dowdell

On the heels of a successful conference in Brooklyn (October 16-20th), NOMA is excited about what is in store for the year to come. We welcomed over 1,200 registrants to our 47th annual conference and we now enjoy over 1,400 total members, an organizational all-time high. We must build upon this momentum, not just for the sake of the numbers, but for the impact that we can have as a robust body of members who will catalyze positive change in our profession and the built environment. Read More


NYCOBA-NOMA Leadership with Awards

Heather, Alexa and Samantha with NYCOBA-NOMA’s chapter awards

The National Organization of Minority Architects Conference Opens in Brooklyn to Promote Architecture, Design and Cultural Competency with Record Attendance

BROOKLYN, OCT. 17, 2019 — The 47th Annual National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Conference opened Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Brooklyn, NY, with a record-breaking attendance of more than 1,000 people. Coinciding with New York City’s Archtober, NOMA hosted over 100 events in Brooklyn, Harlem and Lower Manhattan, including lectures, seminars, and tours, with support from 45 partners. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) approved most events for continuing education credit, and all program content is intended to focus on continued excellence in architecture, design and cultural competency.

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400th Anniversary

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October 16, 2019 9am – 3:30pm The New York Coalition of Black Architects (NYCOBA) and BlackSpace are partnering on a joint event to observe the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America.

Project Pipeline | BlackSpace Blackathon

As a part of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) 47th annual conference being held in Brooklyn, the New York Coalition of Black Architects (NYCOBA) and BlackSpace are partnering on a joint event to observe the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America. As a kickoff to the conference titled Believe the Hype: A Global Collective of Industry Change Agents, Wednesday, October 16th will be an opportunity for conference attendees and volunteers to participate in a Black heritage conservation and future-making design initiative. The Weeksville Heritage Center is a perfect location for this collaborative event due to its importance as a refuge for African Americans after the abolition of slavery in New York state.


To start the day, we are holding two concurrent events, a NOMA Career Day at Mott Hall Bridges Academy – MHBA (a Brownsville based charter middle school focused on promoting STEAM programs) and an immersive Project Pipeline Design Charrette workshop in partnership with BlackSpace at Weeksville. Our Career Day event will be hosted at the MHBA and will serve the entire school population to provide a forum to hear from and ask questions of Black architects and designers. The sessions will occur during class periods throughout the school day and all are welcome to share insight with these bright minds. The Project Pipeline Design Charrette and BlackSpace Workshop will begin with a moderated group discussion about the importance of Weeksville as a Black space and our special invited guests, the Architect of Record (Caples Jefferson Architects) and the Landscape Architect (Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect) will speak to the unique design ideas and challenges that came with restoring the landmark community with such a special history as Weeksville Heritage Center.


The discussion will be followed by a workshop between NOMA members, BlackSpace members, scholars from Mott Hall Bridges Academy and The Brooklyn Combine (a non-profit community organization that hosts STEM programs including teaching computer coding to the MHBA students). The workshop participants will be broken up into teams for a design competition – also known as the Project Pipeline | BlackSpace Blackathon. Each team will define and design their own future Black space using hand drawings and model making materials to express their vision. At the end of the day, a panel of judges will award the winning design team a cash prize to be donated to Mott Hall Bridges Academy and the New York Coalition of Black Architects to support future programming within both groups.