NOMA’s Response to the Pandemic: Staying ALL in

Greetings NOMA Family: As NOMA is recalibrating many of our programs in light of the pandemic, we wish to let you know that we remain committed to our mission and our goals. One of our major goals is to double the number of licensed Black architects in the U.S. between now and 2030. Today, Black architects represent just 2% of the profession. 

Given that the built environment impacts all of us, it is vital that architects are more representative of the populations that we serve. Given NOMA’s establishment by 12 Black architects in 1971, we are paying homage to that heritage and seeking to fill a gap in representation for this esteemed profession. We remain committed to fostering a greater sense of belonging in the profession for ALL people.

In an effort to support ALL of our members in achieving their own personal goals for licensure, we are offering as part of our STAY ALL in for NOMA Online Event Series, a discussion with some of our recently licensed members and NCARB. We hope that you’ll join us and encourage others to participate as well. 

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.

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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.