NOMA UNPLUGGED – October 26th-30th, 2022 in Nashville

The Prospectus is Here!

NOMA is proud to present the 51st Annual NOMA International Conference Unplugged on October 26–30, 2022. So what does ‘Unplugged’ mean? At the 51st Annual Conference, over 1000 professional designers from across the nation plan to cut loose from our routine of staying indoors by ‘unplugging’
from our ritualistic ZOOMcalls and fellowshipping once again with colleagues and friends. We are excited to host the conference in Nashville, TN, showcasing the best food, dance, art, culture, and music that “Music City” has to offer.

Fifty-one years ago, NOMA was founded by twelve African-American architects who saw the need to advocate for the Architecture and Design industry to be more inclusive, cultivate emerging talent that is often overlooked, and create more equitable communities. We are excited to showcase an exposition in the heart of one of NOMA’s newest and fastest-growing chapters: Nashville. Designers, planners, innovators, and thought leaders will congregate together in one of America’s most talked-about and celebrated cities to discover the latest in design, innovation, current events, and culture.

We welcome you to join us in person as we celebrate the advancement of our community as the most ambitious and progressive minority professionals from the built environment come together to celebrate the future of architecture and design.


Seminar Schedule (call for seminars is closed)

STEP 1 (February 1 – February 28): Course submission period. Review proposed courses for HSW and/or LU credit.

STEP 2 (March 1 – March 31):  Course modification/correction period.

STEP 3 (April 1 – April 16):  Submission of seminar details for committee review.

STEP 4 (April 16 – April 30):  Final seminar approval and scheduling

STEP 5 (May 1 – May 15): Final Notifications sent out to Speakers with scheduled dates and times.


Seminar Tracks

Seminars will be grouped within one of five educational tracks.

DESIGN

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.

TECHNICAL

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.

COMMUNITY & JUSTICE

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.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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.

NASHVILLES’S GOT “IT”

Nashville is often identified as one of the nation’s fastest growing “It” cities. This seminar track will focus on Nashville’s evolving cultural profile, which makes it a hotbed for BIPOC creatives, tech companies, real estate development, and the entertainment industry.

Conference registration is coming soon!

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