Project Pipeline is an educational summer camp that provides an opportunity to teach and to engage African-American youth about the process and impact of architectural design. The program is designed and taught, primarily although not exclusively, by local African-American architects. Camps are conducted annually, around the nation by local, NOMA Chapters. Each camp location will create an architectural design project which fosters greater connection with the local community by addressing a recognized need within that same community. The camps provide multi-generational mentorship as the programs combine both, NOMA professional and student members, to serve as architectural instructors for the camps. The camps are designed to teach the basics of architectural design, inclusive of mapping, site investigation, sketching, scaled drawings, model-making, sustainability, and presentation skills. The concept that is now known as Project Pipeline originated, in 2005, at the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The first camp was held in 2006 by the SWOhio Chapter in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Project Pipeline is eroding one of the biggest impediments for African-American students not entering the architecture profession: limited to non-existent exposure to the field of architectural design. Currently, African-American architects comprise merely 1.5% of all licensed architects in the United States. At the completion of the camp, each youth will have a stronger understanding of how to be engaged and active in the positive changes of the built-environment in their communities, as well as, having a greater understanding of the skills and role of an architect. The ultimate goal is to have the students matriculate to college as architecture majors and increase the number of African-American licensed architects.
NOMA members have contributed vast amounts of volunteer hours and funds to help aide survivors of natural disasters. Our members have raised funds for tents in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, and provided design guidance for homeowners during the rebuilding of homes in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. We continue to provide assistance to communities in need and encourage our membership to become involved.
Supporting HBCU School of Architecture Programs
NOMA supports programs which provide architectural education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Our members engage in lectures and presentations at institutes of higher learning and often provide guidance and internships to our student members.
Patron Program (Firm sponsored membership) - A commitment to supporting NOMA in furthering its mission and initiatives by:
Building and supporting the network of African-American and minority architecture students and interns within the profession and increasing the numbers of licensed minority architects. Being recognized as the leading source of talented African-American and under-represented minority professionals for job, business, and teaming opportunities. Improving the organization's capacity to meet member needs and fund paid staff to execute programs.
NOMA Magazine - Serves as a clearing house for research and development on design, practice, building technology and product technology. Provides materials for marketing, positioning for use by architects and their firms and publish case studies profiting successful applications for marketing techniques.
Annual Professional Design Awards - Conducts the Awards for Excellence in Architecture for Built and Un-built Projects by NOMA members across the country.
Student Design Competition - An annual design competition for National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) members at colleges and universities around the nation.
Community Service Legacy Day - This community volunteer event occurs prior to the annual NOMA conference to make a difference in the host city and insure that NOMA is helping to improve the neighborhoods we visit.
Scholarships - Our local NOMA chapters provide scholarships to student members.