National Organization of Minority Architects and American Institute of Architects Extend Memorandum of Understanding
For immediate release:
Washington, D.C. – December 4, 2014 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) have extended their Memorandum of Understanding for a term of three years beginning January 1, 2015.  AIA and NOMA are both committed to growing their current partnership in a way that benefits members of both organizations, helps encourage collaboration at the local level, and contributes to a diverse profession that mirrors the society we serve.
NOMA is welcomed to its new home at the AIA headquarters which will help facilitate conversations with the AIA, collaterals and other non-profit organizations.
NOMA and AIA Diversity and Inclusion will annually exchange observers to key committee meetings as well as collaborate on messaging, joint surveys, reports and position papers that have mutual interest to both organizations.
Each organization will continue to support attendance of officers at their respective national convention providing an additional venue to share ideas and values. The AIA is also excited about its participation in the annual NOMA Student Design Competition and will continue to provide jurors in support of this effort.
About the National Organization of Minority Architects
The National Organization of Minority Architects was founded in 1971 as a means to foster communications among minority architects and to challenge discriminatory practices. Its mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members.  NOMA and its professional and student chapters have been instrumental in supporting minority architects, interns, and underrepresented communities for the past forty years.  To learn more, visit

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well-being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit