Jamar Moore was born and raised in the coastal city of Hampton, Virginia. While attending the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, Moore, along with a friend, helped revitalize a dormant NOMAS Chapter into an organization where designers of various majors, ethnicities and year levels could discuss the important issues of their education as well as provide guidance and mentorship. Currently, NOMAS at UVa is 30+ members strong and have competed in the 2014 Student Competition at the NOMA National Conference with plans to compete and place in the 2015 Competition. Currently, Moore is a Designer at ICON architecture in Boston, MA and sees BosNOMA as his home away from home. Through BosNOMA, he plans to continue to work with students of all ages to help guide them to a career in design. Along with architecture, Moore is an avid urban photographer who strives to capture how people interact with the built environment.
Perla Durandis was born in Providence, RI and raised in Massachusetts. Being interested in art and design at a young age, she wanted to pursue a career that would allow her to apply her artistic talents to develop communities and positively impact lives. Durandis’ passion for architecture is rooted in innovative design and community service. During her spare time, Durandis works on starting an organization called Revive My Turf, a Christian-focused ministry aimed towards helping the youth in underprivileged areas to apply their artistic skills within their community. Durandis received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and later her Master of Architecture from Andrews University.
Racquel Davey is an architect and LEED accredited professional at ICON architecture. She is currently co-chair of the National Organization of Minority Architects for the Boston chapter. Davey is a designer that values both interior environments and technical coordination, and she focuses on institutional projects within existing buildings that explore creative, yet sustainable and historically sensitive design solutions. Davey is an advocate for collaborative design strategies that encompass space planning, furniture systems and technology, and is interested in new trends that can be pragmatically applied within academia. Her architectural studio experience in Brazil, Chile and China has informed her sense of not just working for people, but working with people, which has been fundamental in building client relations and achieving project successes. Davey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Tufts University and Master of Architecture degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.