Spring has sprung and as I embark upon my second quarter
as NOMA President, I am more excited than ever about the future of our
organization and the profession of architecture. We are in the midst of a
period of strong growth and progress that we can all rally around as a new
movement towards a more diverse and sustainable building industry.
Some of you may know that I’ve had the opportunity to
visit some of our chapters (or future chapters) throughout the country and
collaborate with both the AIA Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee
(EQFA) and the AIA Large Firm Round Table (LFRT) over the past few months. NOMA
is looking to establish deeper relationships with other industry partners as
well and I look forward to sharing those collaboration details with you as
these partnerships are further solidified. Stay tuned.
I am very proud to share that General Motors has
sponsored a new initiative with NOMA, called the GM + NOMA Stem Summer Success
program. We are currently working with our NOMA Project Pipeline leadership
team to design an exciting new curriculum for our participating students this
Summer. NOMA will help students gain exposure to architecture in middle/high
school, while also supporting the prevention of Summer Learning Loss (SLL), which
disproportionately impacts minority youth.
As NOMA builds more and more capacity, it is our desire
to activate more of our members to support the efforts that will help advance
our mission. In the near term, we are looking to recruit volunteers to support
our revamped Communications Committee as well as our newly formed Advocacy
Committee, geared towards our professional members who are firm owners. If you
are interested in supporting either of these important efforts, please keep an
eye out for a call for nominations via NOMA News. We hope to have these
committees mobilized by our Q2 board meeting in May.
As always, I would like to thank our incredibly hard working NOMA board for all of their contributions to this organization. It is an honor to serve alongside such a stellar group. Many thanks to our new and long-standing members for your support of my ambitious agenda for 2019-2020. Together, we can achieve great things to create better Access, Leadership and Legacy building in our profession. Let’s go ALL in for NOMA!
Kimberly N. Dowdell
2019-2020 NOMA President