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Call for Presenters

ABOUT THE NOMA CONFERENCE. The Annual NOMA Conference and Expo is an excellent way to connect with colleagues and friends around the world, allowing one to network with architects, allied professionals, emerging professionals, and students. Overall it allows these opportunities to happen while also providing an educational experience. The NOMA Conference is an essential professional development event hosted by a local NOMA chapter in a different city each year.  Over forty, one hour or one and a half hour long educational sessions are offered, featuring a variety of areas of interest for all experience levels and disciplines in the diverse field of architecture.  Presenters volunteer from all over the country to share their expertise with conference attendees.   

Calling on architects to submit a proposal for participation in the Annual NOMA Conference and Expo – NOMA HOMECOMING: DETROIT50 – which is being held from October 20th – 23rd, 2021. Researchers and designers in the field of architecture, urbanism, landscape design and urban planning are invited to submit proposals for the development of initiatives and design works that make a meaningful contribution for the central theme of the Conference. 



The DESIGN track will focus on new, award-winning and legacy design projects executed by our members and other local professionals that express innovative design strategies in sustainability, material usage and/or technical expertise that was used in an innovative manner.  Projects that have had a positive impact on the community that they serve should, along with LEED, BREEAM, Living Building Challenge and WELLS buildings will be considered a part of this track. 


The TECHNICAL track will focus on new products and design techniques that introduce and review technical skills, materials, and systems that span all skill levels – from introductory to advanced. 


The COMMUNITY & JUSTICE track will focus on public and civic projects that benefit communities through social and environmental justice and social responsibility.  Topics that are tailored towards housing discrimination, education, home equity, environmental justice, sustainable design, etc. will be considered. This track shall also include presentations related to service through programs and activities designed to support communities and the architectural profession.   


The BUSINESS track of seminars will be geared toward starting a firm, marketing, firm growth, investing in the future, and succession planning. Seminars that discuss access to capital, recruitment strategies, purchasing, and policies that positively impact people working in the built environment will be considered. This track will also include the development of emerging professionals – including but not limited to internships, ARE, AXP, mentorship, and aide in career growth. 


NOMA was founded in Detroit 50 years ago. This track includes seminars that highlight the history and accomplishments of NOMA from its inception to current day and beyond. 


There is a lot of talk about Detroit’s “comeback” and Renaissance, but truth is… DETROIT NEVER LEFT. With this track, we look to recognize and celebrate those that have remained through the many evolutions of Detroit and its landscape over the last half-century. This track of seminars will honor the life-long Detroiter who has organized, built, and empowered through design… The Detroit visionaries that have carried us through, and those planning and designing towards a more equitable, accessible, inclusive Detroit for the next fifty years. 

Presenter Benefits

Presenting at the NOMA conference is a rewarding opportunity.  All proposals are selected through a thorough review process that focuses on the proposal’s relevance to the profession, potential interest to conference attendees and continuing education credits.  Preference is given to proposals that include the potential for health, safety and welfare (HSW) credits.    

When your proposal is accepted, you will receive the following benefits: 

  • Contribute to the advancement of your profession 
  • Build your reputation and résumé 
  • Widen your networking circle 
  • Gain recognition as a leader in the profession 
  • Recognition in the conference app 
  • Reduced conference registration rate

What You Will Need In Order To Submit a Proposal

  • A publishable course description (200 words max) in English that explains the importance of your course and how it will contribute to the continued education of conference attendees.  
  • Four (4) learning objectives that comply with the requirements for Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) credit.  Courses that do not qualify for HSW credit will be submitted for Learning Units (LU).  Courses that qualify for HSW credit will be given priority during the vetting process.   

IMPORTANT NOTE: Click here to review the AIA’s Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) Guidelines on how to ensure your course qualifies for HSW credit.   

  • A presenter bio (100 words max)  
  • A professional headshot for use in the conference app  
  • Resume or CV describing your background and proficiency in the subject matter of your course 

Course Submission Process & Schedule

The Annual NOMA Conference and Expo is not only an excellent way to connect with colleagues and friends around the word and to network with architects, allied professionals, emerging professionals and students, the conference is an educational experience.  In order to ensure conference attendees receive the maximum learning opportunities to fulfill the requirements for continuing education in architecture, seminars will be submitted, reviewed and accepted through a four step process:    

STEP 1Course submission period. Review proposed courses for HSW and/or LU credit. In order to ensure streamlined course credit reporting for the majority of NOMA’s membership, continuing education credits are administered through NOMA’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the American Institute of Architects.  Each proposed course will be submitted for review and approval for Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) or Learning Units (LU) credits using the general course information form.  For more information on the requirements for HSW credit for your proposed course, follow the links provided above. Those courses that meet the AIA’s standard for HSW credits will be given first priority during the final selection process.   

NOMA will review and submit each course for approval in 1-2 days from the date of receipt.  The course submission form must be filled out in its entirety to be submitted for review. 

To submit your course for “Step 1: Course submission period” the complete general course information form on https://submit.noma.net.    

STEP 2: Initial course credit review, acceptance and/or modification period.  You will receive feedback on the status of your submission within 10 business days from the date of your submission.  Should your course be approved for HSW credit after the first submission, you will be contacted via e-mail by NOMA and instructed to complete the submissions required for Step 3.  If your course is not approved for HSW credit, you will be sent a request for additional information.  NOMA will work with you to successfully complete your submission for HSW coarse credit if possible.  Should your course not be approved for HSW credit, your course may still be approved based on the content and its relevance to the conference theme or significant to conference attendees.   

Step 3Submission of course details for review by the course selection committee.  Once your course is approved for continuing education credit, your course will be reviewed by the NOMA conference course selection committee.  Early submissions will be accepted and are encouraged.  The committee will evaluate your submission and make final recommendations for your course to be included in the 2021 conference seminar slate based on the five criteria listed below.   

  1. AIA course credit approval 
  2. Course relevance to the conference theme  
  3. Course alignment with a specific seminar track 
  4. Strategies for audience engagement  
  5. Availability and flexibility for course scheduling – (virtual, in-person, time, & day) 

STEP 4Final seminar approval and scheduling. Upon review and approval of your proposed course by the selection committee, dates and times will be assigned for each approved course.  Approved course presenters will be notified no later than May 30, 2021 with their scheduled date and time of the approved course. 

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