Project Pipeline

2021 Camp Dates by Region

Information on the various camps will be updated right here as it is received. Additional locations will appear when at least their dates are confirmed. Check back for registration links!

South Region

NOMA CenTexJuly 16-17 (Friday, Saturday)
NOMA LouisianaJuly 12-17 (1 week)
DFW NOMAJuly 10 & 17 (two Saturdays)
H-NOMAJuly 17 (1-day)
NOMA NashJuly 17 (1-day)

South East Region

NOMA AtlantaJuly 19-23
NOMA VAJuly 19-23
NCNOMAJuly 19-23

North East Region

NYCOBA NOMAAugust 2nd-6th
PhilaNOMAAugust 7, 14, 21
NOMABostonAugust 19, 20, 21

Midwest Region

INOMAAugust 2nd-6th
DetroitNOMAAugust 2nd-6th
NOMACincyAugust 2nd-6th
NOMAClevelandAugust 2nd-6th
NOMAKansas CityAugust 2nd-6th

West Region

NOMA PDX & NWAugust 6, 7
SoCal NOMAAugust 6, 7
SFNOMAMay 28, June 5, June 12


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. 

Due to COVID-19 all Project Pipeline summer camps have moved to virtual space to ensure the safety of students and volunteers.

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