Meet BosNOMA

It has been a long time coming, but BosNOMA is back on the map! A group of NOMA enthusiasts decided it was time to reactivate the chapter in January 2015 and now we are energized to do great things for this year and counting. With support from the Boston Society of Architects, we meet the last Tuesday of each month, which is posted on the BSA calendar.

BosNOMA decided to do something slightly different this year regarding the Executive Board. We thought it would be great to test the ‘co-chair’ model in lieu of President and VP, especially with our new found energy and fresh take on leadership. So, let’s meet the co-chairs of BosNOMA: Racquel Davey, NOMA, AIA, LEED AP // Project Manager at ICON; Jonathan Garland, NOMA, LEED AP // Senior Associate at Arrowstreet; Gerard Georges, NOMA, Assoc. AIA // Project Manager at Shepley Bulfinch. Acting Treasurer is Bre’Anna Romulus, NOMA, Associate AIA // Intern Architect at Phase Zero Design and Secretary is Justin Brazier, NOMA //  Student at MassArt.

Check out our member bios to see who we are and where our interests lie as individuals. As a collective, we are BosNOMA with a human-centered mission:

BosNOMA (the Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects) holds a critical responsibility in Boston’s larger building and design community in helping to foster the advancement of equitable practice and minority leadership. Our primary focus is on architects, designers and those that share a vital role in the growth of professionalism, engagement with the community and development of the built environment, which parallels the NOMA national chapter. Our mission is three-fold:

Achieve diversity and socioeconomic awareness through public relations, outreach and community-based initiatives

Establish strategic partnerships with key organizations aimed at strengthening our impact by building a wider network of alliances

Invest in the next generation through design education, mentorship and support

Several initiatives that are currently underway and support our mission are partnering with the Mass. Minority Contractors Association (MMCA), Harvard Graduate School of Design African-American Student Union for the ‘Black in Design’ conference and BSA for the ‘Equity Series’ which advocate professional development, community engagement and minority leadership. I encourage you to continue checking back to see what BosNOMA is up to with hopes of getting you and/or your organization onboard to collaborate on upcoming or new projects.


Racquel Davey, co-chair


Member Bio: Rupinder Singh

Rupinder Singh is a practicing architect at the Boston office of Perkins + Will. He has a varied experience in the design of large-scale laboratories, hospitals and performance spaces. His recent experiences include a biotechnology research center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an 800-bed hospital in Hangzhou, China, and a 840,000sf laboratory project in Cambridge, and a 60,000 seat FIFA stadium in Dubai, UAE. Rupinder was a NOMAS member from 1992-1995 and is delighted to be engaged with the organization again.

Member Bio: Bre’anna Romulus


Being a people-person is one of her fortes. BréAnna’s knack for consistently keeping a positive outlook and incorporating her passion for design into her work enable her to bring team members together to build strong and lasting client relationships.  She was drawn to pursue a career in architecture when she realized how much the built environment impacts daily life, from the retail stores people shop in to the homes that they live in. BréAnna is most passionate about how architecture can transform old into a new creation that augments the end user’s experience. Each day she is excited to have the opportunity to use her creativity to put a smile on someone’s face and make the world a better place through design. BréAnna studied architecture at Andrews University, which is where she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees and is currently a designer at DREAM Collaborative.



Wishing all of you a Happy New Year!!

From all of us at BosNOMA.


Member Bio: LaRay Brison

laraybeditedLaRay Brison was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her BA of Architecture and Urbanism with a concentration in Landscape Studies from Smith College. During Brison’s undergraduate career she researched slums conditions in the Americas, Africa, and India as well as helping to create innovative furniture for her studio class. Brison believes architecture can help solve many of the world’s ills and her life mission is to create healthy sustainable communities. Brison is a Master’s Candidate for Landscape Architecture at the Boston Architecture College, an Intern in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development with Chief John Barros, serves on the Mayor’s Young Adult Council, she’s assisting Dr. Atyia Martin and the Mayor with 100 Resilient Cities Boston Strategy, and is also studying to be an Urban Farmer with the Urban Farming institute.



hackathon-flyerBoston Architectural College will be having their annual Hackathon on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10am-5pm. Hosted by the BAC NOMAS chapter, Hack the “T” will be a hack that concludes with a design charette on the theme of the MBTA public transit system.  Topics include info graphics, stops/station design, and the proposal for a new high speed/express line. For all those interested, be sure you stop by the Beehive (Room 100) at the BAC for this event!




The 2016 NOMA conference will be held in Los Angeles, October 12th – 15th.  This event brings together professionals, students, and others from different disciplines to network and cultivate relationships. The theme this year is “Express Yourself – Unleashing the Power of Diverse Design”. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this amazing opportunity! For more information, click here.


MIT NOMAS Meeting with Phil Freelon

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT) Chapter of NOMAS will be holding a meeting on Friday, May 6th starting at Noon in the Room 10-401 of the Rogers Building. Phil Freelon, of The Freelon Group, will be in attendance.


When: Friday, May 6th

Where: MIT, Rogers Building, Room 10-401

Time: 12 PM, Noon


MIT School of Architecture and Planning

337, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139


Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects