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.


Member Bio: Chris McIntosh

DSC03946_HeadshotChris McIntosh is a San Francisco Bay Area native who came to NOMA as a student at Boston Architectural College (BAC). He served as Treasurer, then Vice President, and finally President of the BAC NOMAS chapter. A highlight of his tenure came in 2011, where the BAC NOMAS team led by McIntosh earned 3rd place at the NOMA Student Design Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Now a BAC graduate, he serves as Secretary of the Boston Chapter of NOMA. McIntosh currently works as an Energy Planner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he helps implement and manage energy and water conservation projects in existing Massachusetts-owned buildings statewide. McIntosh is also passionate about equitable and accessible urban design, and affordable access to resources. With his background in architecture and career interests in planning, he hopes to complete a Master of Urban Planning in the near future and become a certified planner.

Member Bio: Aisha S. Densmore-Bey

DSC03958_HeadshotAisha S. Densmore-Bey Assoc. AIA, LEED AP has written multiple articles, and has organized or been a panelist at various symposia discussing architecture and design, including Build Boston and the 2011 National American Institute of Architects Convention. In 2011 she also wrote, produced, and directed the architectural film short The Built Perception: Boston. Densmore-Bey is founder and past chair of the Museum and Exhibit Design Committee at the Boston Society of Architects. In addition she is a recipient of the 2012 American Institute of Architects Associates Award, and has been featured in Architect Magazine, ArchDaily, Design Bureau, Apartment Therapy, and the Lifework Blog of iconic furniture company, Herman Miller. In early 2014, Densmore-Bey created Future Prep 101: How to Prepare Teens for Design Careers™, a half-day seminar which exposes high school students and their parents to multiple design disciplines. The program encourages and assists in the development of the next generation of leaders and collaborative creative problem solvers. Future Prep 101™ is a recipient of the BSA Foundation grant. Aisha Densmore-Bey,Designer is a creative office that specializes in architecture, interiors, lighting design, graphic design, film, and art.

Member Bio: Ashani Logan

DSC03939_HeadshotAshani Logan is currently a fourth year student at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. This summer, he is interning as an Assistant Site Supervisor at the Greater Boston Chapter of Habitat for Humanity where he actively constructs two housing developments in the community. He is enrolled in IDP and also has an interest to pursue graduate studies in Sustainable Urban Environments in the future.  On campus, Logan is an active Peer Mentor in the fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program and the Representative for the Class of 2017 in the American Institute of Architecture Students. He is also a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship and is a member on the executive board for his campus chapter.  This upcoming school year, Logan will spend a semester in London taking classes, exploring England on field trips and learning more about architecture as he goes.

Social Injustice…Underrepresentation…Discovering Our Role

The Black in Design conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), seeks to simultaneously broaden the scope of what is included in the design discipline and to open a discussion about the historical, present and future contributions of African descendants to the field.

On October 9-10, 2015, the inaugural conference will align design students, architecture and urban planning faculty and an array of allied design practitioners with professional organizations from a broad range of discipline.  It is the pleasure of the Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (BosNOMA) to assist in this effort, as the conference mission is congruent with NOMA’s strengths: promoting urban and other disenfranchised communities, highlighting excellence and achievements of Blacks and other minorities and wrestling with the dilemmas that face this nation.  Throughout the conference, thematic sessions regarding social, spatial and environmental justice highlight the imperatives placed on placemaking done responsibly.   

According to the conference organizers, the hope is that through an exploration of what it means to be Black and work in the field of Design in the past as well as today, to expand the definition of design beyond architecture, landscape architecture and planning. Among the numerous other industries that engage and make meaningful contributions to design we are most interested in exploring contributions from film, music, visual arts, publishing, fashion and technology, in addition to the disciplines already explored by the GSD.  

Please see more information about registration, sponsorship opportunities, and the conference schedule here:
Vaughn Horn, member, co-author

Harvard GSD AASU Black in Design Conference

Join us for Harvard’s first

Black in Design Conference

October 9-10, 2015
Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Gund Hall

Organized by the GSD – African American Student Union

Register before 9/15

Join us for a two day discussion of race, space and design in the Black community!

The Black in Design Conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) seeks to simultaneously recognize the contributions of African Descendants to the design field and to broaden our definition of what it means to be a designer. We believe that initial steps towards addressing social injustice within design are to include the histories of underrepresented groups in design pedagogy, and to implicate designers as having a role in our broken built environment.

Dedicated to the pursuit of just and equitable spaces across all scales, this conference has been organized to broach conversations in increasing orders of magnitude: the building, the neighborhood, the city, the region, and the globe. We hope that this conference will serve to more deeply ingrain compassion for human beings into the ethos of design more broadly, as well as to instill a sense of responsibility within those who pass through the doors of the GSD.

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Scholarships & Grants


More information available soon.


Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architectural Scholarship Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation
ZGF is a nationally recognized architecture, planning, and interior design firm with a long commitment to the critical collaboration of architectural education and professional practice. In place since 2004, this scholarship is intended to recognize and foster students who have demonstrated a talent and passion for architecture.
$10,000 will be awarded to one scholarship recipient; a currently enrolled student, entering their final year in a graduate or undergraduate level, NAAB accredited, architecture program in the fall of 2017.
In addition to the financial award, a summer 2017 internship in one of the firm’s office locations will be offered to the scholarship recipient. The deadline is February 1, 2017 with the scholarship recipient selected no later than March 1, 2017.
Funds will be awarded in September for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Application form and additional information is available at:

Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects