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