2017 executive officers
Bryan Hudson, President
Bryan Wendell Hudson is a licensed Architect in the state of Illinois. He is President and founder of SOMA Design Consultants, an architectural design and Construction management firm. He specializes in Residential design small to medium, Commercial, Religious and educational. Bryan has served as Treasurer for the National Organization of Minority Architects and is the current President for the Illinois NOMA chapter in 2011.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago c/o 1997 and has been involved with mentoring ACT-SO Gold and Silver Medalist in Architecture since 2009.
Garfield Peart, Vice President - South
MBA, NOMA, AIA, LEED Green Associate
Garfield Peart is currently a Construction Project Manager with the Office of Enterprise Assets Management, City of Atlanta. Garfield Peart is a career project manager and architect for both the public and private sector. He is a Lieutenant Colonel with the Air Force Reserves. He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree at Howard University in Washington, DC, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Sustainability Business with a concentration in Green Development from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon.
Crystal J. Brokaw, Vice President - North East
NOMA, AIA, PMP, LEED, AP BD+C, NCARB
Garfield is passionate about protecting our natural resources while ensuring the availability of those resources for future generations. Garfield is President of his own sustainable design practice, Syntony Design Collaborative LLC. He uses his architectural design, project management, sustainable business practice and military leadership skills to address long-standing development and building design issues in our communities. Garfield hopes to facilitate collaborative efforts on all levels to create more fully integrated, healthy and sustainable buildings and communities not only for the Atlanta metropolitan region but the nation. Garfield have been a featured speaker for sustainability on both the local and national levels. He participates in a number of professional, educational and nonprofit associations.
Garfield honors include the 2012 Ford Freedom Unsung Heroes Award, by the Ford Motor Company and National Center for Civil and Human Rights and 2013 Member of the Year for the National Organization of Minority Architects.
Crystal J. Brokaw is a registered architect in Washington DC, Maryland, and Florida with 10 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Born and raised in Washington DC, Crystal earned both her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Florida A&M University in 2004 and 2006, respectively. Throughout her architectural career, she has worked on numerous projects in both the public and private sectors including multifamily residential projects with private developers; scientific laboratory and research facility renovations with government and university entities; and highly-sensitive healthcare projects with hospital corporations.
Soon realizing that her ultimate expertise and enjoyment for architecture lied in the project management aspect of the design and construction process, Crystal became certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). She currently works as a Project Manager for The ELOCEN Group in Washington, D.C., where she manages design, construction, FF&E and logistics for various government and commercial clients. Her experience as an architect has afforded her the ability to understand the intricacies of the design and construction process, and, in turn, allowed her to better help owners and clients achieve their project goals.
Crystal currently serves as the Secretary of the Washington, DC Chapter of NOMA, and is a member the American Institute of Architects, Alpha Rho Chi Professional Fraternity Inc, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She enjoys eating, laughing, playing spades, and spending time with family and friends.
Leopold Raylynch, Vice President - West
Jason Pugh, Vice President - Mid-West
Despite a diverse educational base and professional resume as an Architect and Urban Planner, Jason considers himself first and foremost a designer. Jason also has a passion for developing underserved communities, which is translated beyond the scope of Architecture and Urban Planning. In his spare time, he is actively engaged in several community based programs and organizations on both a local and national level which are centered on education, mentorship, diversity, and community service. He currently sits on the local Associate board for ACE Mentorship Program, a national organization which provides workshops, education, and community service projects for high school students throughout Chicago.
Jimeca Sims, Secretary
Louis Fisher, Treasurer
Erasmus Ikpemgbe, Parlamentarian
NOMA, LEED Green Associate
Erasmus has recently completed running the final leg of his race to become a licensed architect. He currently holds a position as an architectural designer at the engineering and architectural firm of Sabir, Richardson, and Weisberg. There he performs task across multiple disciplines on a variety of commercial, residential, restoration and resiliency project.
Erasmus received his Masters of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland College Park, but it was during his graduate studies that he was first introduced to NOMA.
Through the participation of several NOMAS student design completions, the allure of NOMA manifested. Erasmus found NOMA’s goals to be in alignment with his own desires to promote and increase the visibility of people of color in the architecture and design industries. Upon returning to the New York metropolitan area after graduation, Erasmus naturally made a home at the New York local chapter - Nycoba.
Presently, Erasmus is the Membership Chair for Nycoba-NOMA. Prior to that position, he held the position of Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair which he agreeably filled for four years. Above all, Erasmus enjoys serving the community in which he is proud to be a part.
Kevin M. Holland, President
AIA, NOMA, LEED AP
Mr. Holland serves as the Managing Director of newly-founded, wg:Architecture, llc--an African-American-owned, architectural practice in Cincinnati that markets exclusively in Healthcare Architecture.
Mr. Holland was elected 1st Vice President/President-Elect (2015-16) at the 2012 NOMA Detroit Conference after serving as Midwest Region Vice President. After being introduced to NOMA as a graduate student at the 1997 NOMA Miami Conference, Mr. Holland prides himself on the use of the NOMA network. In 1998, this network resulted in Mr. Holland starting a 13-year relationship--including that as Director of Operations--with a prominent NOMA firm as a result of the Miami Conference; in 2006, the NOMA network allowed him to extend an offer of employment to a NOMA intern as his first hire, and; in 2012, the same NOMA network created an opportunity to recruit a fellow NOMA member and colleague to join him on the new venture in Cincinnati.
Now in his 24th year of practice, Mr. Holland started his architectural career in 1989 following his graduation from the University of Virginia with a B.S. degree in Architecture in 1988 and the University of Michigan with a M.Arch. degree in 1998. As a native of Wilmington, Delaware, Mr. Holland has been very active in the community: he presently serves as director within the Music Ministry at Allen Temple AME Church; and past-President of the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Indianapolis and past-Co-Chair of the Directional Signage Committee of the Indianapolis 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee.