Building Bridges Towards Just and Joyful Futures

Call for Proposals


The Annual NOMA Conference October 11-15, 2023 in Portland, Oregon is not only an excellent way to connect with colleagues and friends around the world 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 1 (February 22 – March 27): Course submission period.
  • STEP 2 (March 24 – April 7): Conference Committee Review of proposed seminars and approval for HSW and/or LU credits & course modification period.
  • STEP 3 (April30th): Notification of selected speakers & speaker confirmation. 
  • STEP 4 (May 1st – May 15th): Final seminar approval and scheduling.

**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 to ensure your submission meets the requirements before you submit your proposal to NOMA.



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 and technologies, 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.


Portland’s quirky brand of progressive style, culture, and politics camouflages a complicated history of racial discrimination.  This track explores how locals are working to reframe the story through creative, powerful, and joyful work to reimagine the city.

If you have any questions, please email

See this clip to learn a little bit about the host chapter and bookmark this page for everything 2023 conference related.

logo for "NOMA Everywhere" the conference will be available for particpatio virtually