President’s Circle

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It is important that our industry responds by bringing people together in sustainable ways.

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) was formed nearly 50 years ago to represent the needs of African American architects. Founded in 1971 at the AIA conference in Detroit, only six years after the passing of the U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965, enabling all citizens unrestricted voting rights, the purpose of NOMA was to bolster and provide support for the handful of Black licensed architects around the country. Today, NOMA is a haven for architects of all origins who seek inclusion in the design industry. We continue to advocate for the licensure of African American architects (who account for only two percent of all licensed architects today), as well as those from other from underrepresented backgrounds. NOMA is extremely hopeful about the profession’s future due to the strong presence of student leaders from over 80 schools across the U.S. and Canada. As we continue to support our NOMA students (NOMAS), we anticipate they will be major contributors to our field, and we are proud of the work they are doing right now to prepare for the future. 

Building Cultural Change 

As the world’s population grows, and our building needs continue to evolve, NOMA is taking note and responding. Two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities or other urban centers by 2050 (United Nations). By 2045, the U.S. population will become mostly non-white (Brookings Institute). We racial problems we face today will only be exacerbated as density increases and cultural divides expand. It is important that our industry responds by bringing people together in sustainable ways. One method of modeling the solutions our broader society requires is by enhancing the diversity within our own ranks as a profession. In recent years, architecture firms and allied businesses have sought support and assistance from NOMA in strengthening their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. We currently are building the necessary infrastructure to meet these needs on a larger scale. To help address these issues, NOMA created the President’s Circle (PC). NOMA PC members will work with NOMA to plan for a future that is more diverse, dense, culturally complex, and resourced challenged. Architecture and design organizations need to look at internal processes, practices, and culture to evaluate how to meet not only the needs of a diverse culture today, but the culture of the future, too. 

Corporate Membership Program

The NOMA President’s Circle Corporate Membership is an annual membership that provides member benefits and specialized diversity and inclusion consulting services. Architecture firms and allied businesses seek support and assistance from NOMA in strengthening their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. They want support in:  

  • Building a repository of information, best practices, and potential subject matter experts to assist architecture firms in strengthening their diversity efforts. 
  • Using emerging benchmarks and standards to help in the assessment of DEI efforts. 
  • Exploring ways to deliver DEI content and strengths across architectural firms’ networks and within business opportunities.  

Membership at most of the levels outlined below will receive DEI consulting services from NOMA providers to help guide talent recruitment, retention, and culture building practices in an effort to create and sustain an optimally diverse corporate environment. Each annual membership will include local and national level dues for individuals. PC members are also eligible for preferred pricing on additional memberships, consulting and conference registration.  

President’s Circle Corporate Membership Levels

Corporate Champion: DEI Consulting Services for 16 hours, four (4) NOMA yearly memberships valued at up to $1,400, two (2) invitations to the NOMA National Conference Annual Awards Dinner, and 10 percent off of all additional NOMA Memberships ordered through your President’s Circle Membership. Members will be promoted on the NOMA website and on promotional materials. Cost: $15,000

Corporate Patron: DEI Consulting Services for 8 hours, three (3) NOMA yearly memberships valued at up to $1,050, one (1) invitation to the NOMA National Conference Annual Awards Dinner, and 10 percent off of all additional NOMA Memberships ordered through your President’s Circle Membership. Members will be promoted on the NOMA website and on promotional materials. Cost: $10,000

Corporate Supporter: DEI Consulting Services for 4 hours, two (2) NOMA yearly memberships valued at up to $700, and 10 percent off of all additional NOMA Memberships ordered through your President’s Circle Membership. Members will be promoted on the NOMA website and on promotional materials. Cost: $5,000  

Corporate Friend: One (1) NOMA yearly membership valued at up to $350 and 10 percent off of all additional NOMA Memberships ordered through your President’s Circle Membership. Members will be promoted on the NOMA website and on promotional materials. Cost: $1,000 


To join NOMA’s President Circle or to request more information, email pc@NOMA.net or use the button below:

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