A Message From the President
January 5, 2015
Dear NOMA Colleagues:
It is with great pleasure and humility that I assume the 2015-2016 presidency of our wonderful organization, now in its 43rd year of being the voice of the minority architect. Each NOMA President from the late, Wendell Campbell, FAIA, NOMAC to my immediate predecessor, Kathy D. Dixon, AIA, NOMAC has been charged with establishing a vision for The Organization and implementing that same vision. Allow me to outline my particular vision for NOMA.
1. Improved operational efficiency of The Organization by engaging an Association management
firm to serve as NOMA’s Executive Director;
2. Increased membership of The Organization to over 800 members by the end of 2017;
3. Increased student and professional interaction within The Organization by assigning all NOMAS
chapters to a local NOMA chapter;
4. Increasing value-proposition for membership within The Organization, in particular by the
Development of Leadership Development programming for students, interns and newly-licensed
5. Providing support for the development and growth of local NOMA chapters;;
The success and implementation of these initiatives will not necessarily come to fruition during the first year of my administration. With that, it will be necessary for every member—student, intern and professional—to do their part for NOMA’s success. In the meantime we each have to ask ourselves the question, “why am I in NOMA?” One of the best responses to this question, come from Robert Borson, AIA, the 2010 AIA Dallas Young Architect of the Year. Robert was asked a similar question about the AIA but, in my opinion, his response is very appropriate.
“…I’m in it because I’m an architect; it’s where I belong. It’s the place where the people I respect and admire most who do what I do are recognized and understood in the framework of ‘the what’ we do for a living. It’s the place where I’ve made the best friends, had my self-worth reinforced by those in similar circumstances, and I’ve learned that I am not alone in the things I encounter in my day-to-day practice. It’s a place where all of the people speak my language, share common values, and for the most part, similar goals and aspirations. It’s a place where everyone around me knows and understands what I do and admires (or envies or despises) how I do it. In many ways it’s my professional and spiritual home.”
I would add that, I feel that it is, simply, my obligation to the mission of The Organization. I have felt this obligation since my introduction to NOMA, as a University of Michigan graduate student, at the 1997 Annual Conference in Miami, Florida. I hope that you will feel the same obligation long enough to help shape NOMA into the organization that is should become. Thank each of you for the trust that you have placed in me. Please know that it is my honor and my privilege to do my part, in the service of NOMA.