Happy Fall NOMA!

As October 16th – 20th quickly approaches, our staff, board members, and New York chapter volunteers are hard at work preparing for NOMA’s 47th Annual Conference in Brooklyn. We are so very excited to host approximately 1,000 attendees, all converging to support one another, support our students, connect with a wide variety of exhibitors, reconnect with old friends, make new friends, earn CEUs and build upon a quickly growing NOMA community. When I began my term as NOMA President in January, I stated a goal of expanding our membership from 900 to 1,200 by the end of the year. It is extremely gratifying to report that as we embark upon conference, we have exceeded this goal and we now have a membership of more than 1,300 professionals, interns and students. Let’s keep this momentum going and continue to spread the word about the benefits of membership.


If you are reading this message as a NOMA member, I trust that you are seeing value in the work that we are doing. If not, I welcome you to text us at (202) 552-0718 and let us know how we can improve. If you are contemplating joining us, we invite you to peruse our website, talk to our members and reach out to our local and national leadership directly with questions in order to make an informed decision. We understand that you all have many responsibilities to balance and we are so very grateful for your choice to meaningfully engage with NOMA. If you have not yet joined or renewed, please visit https://noma.net/members/ today!

In a few short words, I would characterize the overarching benefit of NOMA as fostering a genuine sense of belonging. NOMA does an exceptional job of welcoming everyone with open arms at our annual conference. My very first conference was fifteen years ago in New York and I have attended nearly every single NOMA conference since my third year in architecture school. Over the years, I have been privileged with an exceptional network of diverse professionals with which to build a strong and nurturing community. We take pride in making sure that ALL members feel welcome and supported. That is NOMA’s secret sauce, making our conference one of the most dynamic, enjoyable, and enriching annual events in the architectural community.

Thank you for your involvement in helping NOMA create greater Access, Leadership and Legacy opportunities for everyone in this amazing profession. It is an honor to serve you. Be well and we can’t wait to see you in Brooklyn!

ALL the best,
Kimberly N. Dowdell, NOMA, AIA, NCARB, SEED, LEED AP BD+C
2019-2020 NOMA President