The 2019 Conference Hosts

The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects [NOMA] is an association comprised of architects, designers, and allied professionals involved in developing events and programming aimed at creating a more diverse and inclusive design industry. While there have been some successes garnered by minority architects + designers, a tremendous need still remains to ensure that the design of our communities and future design leaders more readily represent our multi-cultural society.  As a result, our ongoing goal is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting excellence, community engagement, and the professional development of our members.

Our group initially formed in 1970 as the New York Coalition of Black Architects [NYCOBA] and then later joined with NOMA in the fall of 1992 to become its New York Chapter. Our membership continues to grow and includes representatives from the fields of architecture, interior design, graphic design, landscape architecture, engineering, and construction throughout the metropolitan New York area.

nycobaNOMA supports the interests of professionals, educators and students engaged in the process of designing, regardless of their position in the long arc of their careers. The organization is committed to increasing the representation of minority architects in the profession by assisting interns in obtaining licensure, mentoring students and newly licensed architects and encouraging early outreach in secondary schools.  nycobaNOMA supports the interests of those involved in designing from other disciplines, professions and businesses who share our commitment to advancing the value of design and our roles in it.

nycobaNOMA is a nexus for leadership and activity in the design community. We inspire, inform and educate designers – providing a forum to allow members to realize their talents and to advocate their value in design among the media, the business community, public agencies and the general public. The organization is committed to stimulating thoughtful discussions about our roles in design through conferences, competitions, exhibitions, publications and websites.

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