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Project Pipeline Summer Camp
June 02, 2012

Project Pipeline provides an opportunity to educate middle school youth about the process and impact of architectural design, with a focus on African American students. The program is designed and taught by local NOMA African American architects. The intensive day camp program introduces the students to site investigation, principles of design, scaled drawings, model making, critical thinking skills and presentation skills.

The Idea of the Project Pipeline was born in 2005 the NOMA Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by then NOMA President Paul Mitchell and AIA President Bob Smith. The first camp was held in 2006 by the NW Ohio Chapter and was coordinated by David Kirk and Micheale Pride...

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Black History Architecture Facts
February 01, 2012

The 1st Black Architect Julian Francis Abele

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Diversity: Face to Face
April 25, 2011

I am at my first official face-to-face Diversity and Inclusion meeting since I was appointed, and I am amazed at the talent surrounding me. It includes the VP of AIA, a couple of FAIA’s, a PhD, and a Hunt Fellow. As one of two Associate AIA members, I am the youngest and least experienced of the group; an intimidating group that seems like it has the potential of ringing me out to dry. My anxiety kicks in as we gather together for the morning session, and questions of doubt begin to surface...

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The Pritzker Prize
February 07, 2011

Once again, the architecture profession has celebrated it’s best and brightest by awarding the esteemed Pritzker Prize. None would argue that the Pritzker is of immense importance — at least none who attended the awards ceremony. As architects, we are immeasurably important, but too often only to each other. Beyond the walls that protect and preserve our status (among ourselves) — walls that we constructed — the average citizen walking through life could care less. Thankfully, architects in greater numbers are demonstrating their commitment to applying the brilliant talents that are symbolized by the Pritzker to challenges that most people wake up to and have to face every day of their lives, which have largely gone unrecognized, or worse yet, ignored since the time that architecture declared itself an elitist profession. If there is to be a profession of architecture moving forward, our focus must shift to work that is socially responsible and relevant to the greater society, and with no less importance placed on design excellence.
Some Thoughts on Diversity in the Profession of Architecture
February 07, 2011

At the 2009 AIA Convention in San Francisco , the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) gave a reception at the Frank Lloyd Wright Tea House, hosted by Allison Williams, FAIA, of Perkins and Will, and Michael Willis , FAIA, of Michael Willis Architects. Before the evening closed, NOMA President Steve Lewis, AIA, spoke to the group about the new diversity initiative that the AIA was introducing and how he wanted NOMA to be involved. I took the floor at the close of his address and and took exception to his remarks...

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