History

  • Twelve African-American architects from different parts of the country met, some for the first time, during the AIA National Convention in Detroit in 1971. What these professionals recognized was the desperate need for an organization dedicated to the development and advancement of minority architects.
  • Present at the creation were 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. These African American architects wanted minority design professionals to work together to fight discriminatory policies that limit or bar minority architects from participating in design and constructions programs.

Spotlight

In Memoriam: Quinn Jenkins, June 25, 1960- April 10, 2019 biography, death, memorial, Texas May 01, 2019

Described by a friend as “Always happy, always the encourager. The world is less wonderful without you in it.” Truer words have never been spoken. Quinn will be sorely missed by his NOMA family.
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Chasing Perfection: The Work and Life of Architect John S. Chase John S. Chase February 01, 2019

On June 7, 1950, at the University of Texas in Austin, John Saunders Chase became the first African American to enroll at a major university in the South. Chase later became the first licensed African American architect in Texas.   Chase was the first African American to be admitted to the Texas Society of Architects, and the Houston Chapter of the American...
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In Memoriam: Mortimer Mercer Marshall Jr, NOMAC, FAIA, FCSI February 14, 2019

Mortimer Mercer Marshall Jr, a NOMA Council member, distinguished AIA Fellow, a Construction Specifications Institute Fellow, and Whitney Young Jr Award recipient passed away early this week.   Marshall was President of The Marshall Group, a family-owned Reston, Virginia firm specializing in architecture, interiors, construction management... 
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Spotlight: The Passing of Ivory Lee Young Jr. by: Garfield Pert February 14, 2019

It was my honor and profound privilege to be on stage today on behalf of the National Organization of Minority Architects to remember and celebrate a true trailblazer, architect and mentor - Ivory Lee Young Jr. Speakers included Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor Kasim Reed, his wonderful wife Shalise Steele-Young and a host of notable pastors and...
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