NOMA’s Response to the Pandemic: Staying ALL in

Dear NOMA Family: I write to you today with a full month of shelter in place behind most of us at this point. I want you to know that NOMA is squarely focused on securing the future of the organization and the success of our members in your professional endeavors. I continue to challenge you to #BeVisible and make your voices heard in the effort to advocate for diversity in the building professions. As we think about the future of cities and the role that architects can play in a post-COVID world, your voices will become more relevant than ever. Speak up.

NOMA 2020 Conference Update

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While we cannot predict the future, I can provide some insight on the near term concerns that we’ve been hearing from around the organization. In response to inquiries we’ve received about NOMA’s annual conference (October 14-17th in Oakland, CA), I’d like to express that it is still too early for us to make a determination. We believe that we’ll have enough information to arrive at a final decision on this matter by July.

We recognize that NOMA’s conference represents a time of friendship, learning, connections, culture and history. It brings our professional members together with our students. It connects architects to planners, allied professionals, academics and public officials. We break bread together. We hug. We dance. We celebrate our heritage. We touch each other’s hearts. The NOMA conference is truly a highlight of the year for most of us.

Knowing this, we are committed to hosting the 2020 NOMA conference later this Fall, as long as it is safe. Your safety is the most important driver of the final decision. While we don’t yet know what will happen with the pandemic, we are continuing our planning efforts and the hard work to make the conference happen, even if it needs to convert to a virtual format.

With that said, please support us by registering for the conference once registration is open, by submitting a seminar proposal, by submitting for the awards program, by entering the student design competition and by being a professional or school exhibitor. Please also consider urging your company to be conference a sponsor. The show will go on, one way or another.

Stay ALL in for NOMA Online Event Series Kick-Off

To further discuss our annual conference and a range of other topics pertaining to the state of affairs with NOMA, please consider joining us TODAY at 3pm EST for our kickoff of the Stay ALL in for NOMA Online Event Series. Joined by several other NOMA leaders from across the country, I will further elaborate on what the organization is doing to help our members weather this public health and economic crisis. We welcome your questions and look forward to the event.

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Whether or not you’ll be able to participate in the online series, please know that we are here for you and we’re so grateful that you are staying ALL in for NOMA.

ALL the best,


Kimberly Dowdell
2019-2020 NOMA National President

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Stay ALL In: Presidential Address and Kick-Off
Thursday, April 16: 3:00pm EST

NOMA President Kimberly Dowdell will kick-off the Staying ALL In Series by talking about how COVID-19 has changed NOMA programming in conversation with NOMA President-Elect Jason Pugh; NOMA NE University Liaison Melanie Ray; and Immediate Past President Bryan Hudson. Topics will include: President’s Circle, NOMA Foundation Fellowship, Project Pipeline and NOMA Oakland 2020, among other issues raised by participants. President Dowdell will also preview what’s ahead in April and May for the Stay ALL in for NOMA Virtual Event Series.

Remote Work: Making It Work
Thursday, April 23: 3:00pm EST

In this new day of required remote work, we’re all findings ways to make it work and learn as we go. Sole proprietorships and small businesses typically have the greatest challenge during downturns. How can offices of varying sizes make remote work successful, still connecting to each other and to clients, while working from home? Join NOMA’s Chief Technology Officer, Joel Avery in conversation with Moody Nolan’s Antoine Bryant and SRW’s Yvette Richardson. Moody Nolan has 12 offices and 230 employees. SRW has two offices and 30 employees. We anticipate a dynamic discussion about how to make it work with whatever technology challenges you may be experiencing.

Advancing NOMA’s Mission: Is Now Your Time for Licensure? What You Need to Know
Thursday, April 30: 3:00 pm EST

Challenging times make us examine our choices and how we spend our time. Our mission is to increase and help advance minority architects’ path to licensure. Is now your time for licensure? NOMA’s Tiffany Mayhew will host the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to talk about the path, timeline and costs associated with licensure, as well as provide study tips and tools for success. Recently licensed NOMA members will also be available to answer questions about their experience.