The 36th International Conference and Exposition of the National Organization of Minority Architects begins today in Washington D.C. and runs through October 4th. There will be workshops and seminars for professionals and students, a jury of professional designs, a student design competition, and an exhibit entitled "2% Women of Color," highlighting that population of the architecture profession.
NOMA's aims and objectives include:
- Fostering communication and fellowship among minority architects;
- Fighting discrimination and other selection policies used by public and private sector clients to unfairly restrict minority architects' participation in design and construction;
- Acting as a clearing house for information and maintaining a roster of practitioners;
- Promoting the design and development of living, working, and recreational environments of the highest quality;
- Speaking with a common voice on public policy;
- Working with local, state, and national governments on issues affecting the physical development of neighborhoods and communities;
- Being an effective source of motivation and inspiration for minority youth.
Visit the NOMA website for more information.