Build Back Better Bravebackdrop2 James Garrett, Jr., AIA, NOMA, and Nathan Johnson, AIA, NOMA, Receive AIA Minnesota 2020 Gold Medal

Garret and Johnson Awarded Gold Medals by AIA Minnesota

In a historic win NOMA members, James Garrett, Jr., AIA, NOMA, and Nathan Johnson, AIA, NOMA, receive AIA Minnesota 2020 Gold Medals. Their nomination to this prestigious achievement was accompanied by the acclimation that they are “fiercely passionate designers who work tirelessly to create architecture that heals relationships and confronts issues of access, displacement, and segregation present in our built environment that negatively impact how communities live and thrive.” < read more here >



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If you paid for the conference, it's STILL going!

The 100% virtual format has had the most excellent side-effect of making more than 80% of all conference content available even now. All paid conference attendees still have access to more than a hundred hours of seminars, roundtables, documentaries and discussions. This includes all of the keynote “Fireside Chats” as well as Saturday’s Award Brunch and all of the virtual tours. Simply use the very same email link you were originally sent and you can visit the programs you missed or review your favorite moments one more time.

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Celebrating NOMA's 50th Anniversary, One Founder at a Time

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November, 2020
In celebrating our legends and echoing a core value of honoring our rich legacy, the NOMA 50th Anniversary Task Force, in partnership with the Historian Committee, is proud to introduce you to our Founding heroes

William M. Brown, Jr.

William M. Brown Jr., affectionately called “Bill,” was born and raised in the City of Newark, NJ. He attended Newark Public Schools, South Street School and Franklin Ave Schools be­fore attending Barringer High School. Bill graduated from Howard University in 1952, with a Bachelor of Architecture/Construction degree.

He joined forces with his colleague Reginald C. Hale, also a Howard University School of Architecture graduate, to open the first African- American architectural firm in the City of Newark, NJ, Brown and Hale Architects, in 1962. Along with a long list of accomplishments, William M. Brown Jr. became the first African- American President of the Newark and Suburban Architects in 1973. Read more of his amazing story here.



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