Project Pipeline


Our mission is to empower young people to affect change in their community through design. Using the city as the classroom and connecting young people to real-world architects and planners, we foster the next generation of design professionals, civic leaders, and changemakers.  We advocate for increased inclusiveness, diversity, fellowship, equity, and excellence in design. 


Project Pipeline was born at the 2002 NOMA conference in Fort Lauderdale. Then-president Paul Taylor asked Drake Dillard and David Kirk to research and establish a plan for the camp that would introduce minority students with a focus on black students to architecture with the ultimate goal of creating more licensed black architects.  The first camp was held in 2006 in Cincinnati by the South West Ohio NOMA chapter. Since then dozens have camps have been held in more than twenty cities. In 2012 a formalized curriculum was implemented nationally. 

How We Do It / Our Impact

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We guide students through all stages of design using provoking and fun exercises. Students investigate through drawing and model building, analyze through diagramming and research, and engage through interviews and site visits. By the program’s conclusion, students present a fully realized project that addresses an issue in their city.  Project Pipeline serves a diverse population of students, all of whom are underrepresented in the design field. Our program better prepares students for college and life beyond. Through Project Pipeline, young people grasp the significance of architecture in their daily lives, as well as the broader cultural, social, and historical implications. They develop skills and tools to contribute to their community critically and constructively. Project Pipeline has served more than 10,000 students over the last decade. 

Summer Camps 

NOMA’s local summer camps provide 6th-12th grade students of color with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of architecture and design. Students that participate in the camps work closely with architects and designers to create the designs they would like to see in their communities. Not only do students create designs, but they are also connected with mentors in the architecture field to help guide their interests. For many students, Project Pipeline is their first introduction to the design world. 

Camp/Chapter NameCamp Coordinator E-mailCamp WebsiteCamp CityDates
BMORE NOMAnomabaltimore@gmail.com, MDJuly 19-July 21
BosNOMA Project Pipelineprojectpipeline@bosnoma.org, MA12-Aug
DC NOMAdistrictnoma@gmail.com D.C.August 12 – August 16
DFW NOMAprojectpipeline@dfwnoma.org,July 12 & July 20-July 21
HNOMA Project Pipelineinfo@houstonnoma.org, TXJuly 20 – July 21
I-NOMAprojectpipeline@i-noma.org, ILAugust 1- August 4
NOMA Detroitinfo@nomadetroit.org, MIJuly 24 – July 26
NOMA Detroitinfo@nomadetroit.org, MIJuly 22 – July 26
NCNOMAncprojectpipeline@gmail.com, NCJuly 16- July 20
NOMA Louisianaprojectpipeline@nomala.orgwww.nomalaprojectpipeline.orgNew Orleans, LAJuly 26 – July 28
NOMA Louisianaprojectpipeline@nomala.orgwww.nomalaprojectpipeline.orgBaton Rouge, LAJuly 13
NOMA NWprojectpipeline@nomanw.orgwww.nomanw.orgSeattle, WAAugust 6 – August 10
NOMA of Central Texasprojectpipeline@nomacentraltx.org, TXJuly 12 – July 13
NOMA of Central Texasprojectpipeline@nomacentraltx.orgSan Antonio, TXJuly 12 – July 13
NOMA of Central Texasprojectpipeline@nomacentraltx.orgBrownsville, TXJuly 12 – July14
NOMA Utahnomautah@gmail.com Lake City, UTJune 8 – August 3, Saturdays
NOMAarizonaContact on Website Michaels, AZJuly 19
NOMAarizonaPhoenix, AZJuly 20
NOMAColumbusprojectpipeline@nomacolumbus.org, OHJuly 8- July 12
NOMAKC Project City, KSJuly 25-July 27
NOMAnashnoma.nashville@gmail.com, TNJuly 11 – July 13
NOMAPDXProjectPipelinePDX@gmail.com, ORJune 20 – June 22
NOMAPittsburghContact on Website 1 – August 4
NOMAtlantaPROJECTPIPELINE@nomaatlanta.org, GAJune 12- June 14
North Florida NOMAJacksonville, FL
Orlando NOMAnomaorl407@gmail.comOrlando, FLAugust 17 – Auguts 19, PATBD
SC NOMAContact on Website 10 – July 12
SFNOMAcamp@sfnoma.net Francisco, CAJune 17 – June 22
SoCal NOMA Summer Campdirector@socalnomacamp.org Angeles, CAJuly 13, 20, 27, August 3
South Florida NOMAnomasouthflorida@gmail.com FloridaJuly 11 -July 14
STL NOMAstlouisnoma@gmail.com Louis, MSAugust 13 – August 16
VANOMAinfo.vanoma@gmail.com, VAJuly 8 – July 12
Wisco NOMAContact on Website, WIJune 15 -June 16
Wisco NOMAMadison, WIJune 28 -June 30

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Special thanks to General Motors
for its continuous, gratuitous
support of Project Pipeline!