Angela N. King - Newly Licensed Architect
Angela King has recently passed her last registration exam after 2 1/2 years of testing making her the next NOMA member licensed in the state of Illinois. She will be the first Lumbee woman licensed in her tribe and will add to the less than 400 indigenous architects in the country. Born and raised in the state of Tennessee, she received her Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Tennessee where she first joined NOMA. While in school she interned at a native american owned design firm that did work for the Eastern Band of Cherokees in North Carolina giving her a glimpse of how the design profession could better serve communities of color.
After graduation she moved to Connecticut and worked in the private sector for several years and was again able to work with tribal clients with the Mashantucket tribe. Now a five year resident of Illinois she is employed in the public sector for the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign as an owner's rep, managing design and construction projects for campus and also serves as the advisor for the UIUC NOMAS chapter.
As a mother of three and a former teenage parent, she is passionate about the NOMA project pipeline initiative and wants to see this program be accessible to more children. Her own exposure to the built environment started young as her father owned a masonry company. Now a high school senior her eldest child is applying to architecture schools continuing the pipeline her father unknowingly started. Beyond her day job, she invests her time heavily in her local community, utilizing design and the arts as vehicles for community engagement.
New to the national board as membership chair, her focus will be on growing the legacy and reach of NOMA to provide a voice and platform to those that are often not at the table. This organization has been instrumental in keeping her grounded within the field and she appreciates the collaborative efforts of members to advance more minorities within the profession. She looks forward to working with the national board, chapter leadership and membership at large to strengthen current efforts as well developing new avenues of engagement. She is also very happy to be done with testing.
Congratulations to Angela!