Member Bio: Vaughn Horn

DSC03941_HeadshotThroughout his career, Horn has memberships in the American Institute of Architects, National Organization of Minority Architects.  He is LEED Accredited, NCARB Certified, and holds an architecture license in California.  Currently, Horn is Faculty and Director of Special Projects at Boston Architectural College, where he also serves as adjunct professor of architecture.

Horn’s experience cache includes an array of projects ranging from stadia to retail buildings. In 2002, he earned his B-Arch degree from the University of Southern California. He then earned an M-Arch degree from Syracuse University in 2005.  Currently, he is a doctoral student at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he serves as Graduate Teaching Fellow and lead instructor of Project Link, an introductory outreach program for high school students.  The breadth of his research have been featured as articles and paper presentations at prestigious institutions and refereed journals.

In 2012, he earned Educator of the Year by the American Institute of Architecture Students, bestowed at the AIAS FORUM.  Additionally, Horn is a Harvard Graduate Consortium member at the Center for Energy and the Environment.

Member Bio: Jonathan Garland

DSC03950_HeadshotJonathan Garland is an accomplished designer and Senior Associate at Arrowstreet. In his practice, Jonathan has worked on a broad range of building types from large scale mixed-use urban developments to nationally recognized institutional, cultural and civic projects.

Garland is currently the lead designer on several inner-city charter schools, including the KIPP Academy Boston Charter School in Mattapan (under construction) and the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Roxbury. He strives to forge a meaningful relationship between communities and the design team by incorporating everyone in the creative process. As a former board member for Roslindale Village Main Streets in Boston, he has worked on both sides of the design table to form more successful communities.

Garland works to strengthen the level of diversity within the Boston architectural community and advocates for social justice through design. He is the current co-chair of the Boston chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), whose goal is to engage a more diverse community of leaders and designers in the design profession.

Garland earned a bachelor of architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College, where he has also taught design studios and led national competitions.

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