2016 NOMA CONFERENCE

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.

MIT NOMAS Meeting

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

Social Equity in the Built Environment

Social Equity has long been conceptualized as the third (and often last) leg of a triple bottom line sustainability stool.  While LEED has driven environmental concerns to have equal footing with economic ones, we are just at the beginning of developing tools that allow us to measure and examine social equity results in a similar way.

This special event will include presentations from Francis Janes – director of the JUST Organizations labeling program for ILFI, Shawn Hesse – co-author of the new LEED Social Equity Pilot Credits, and Tony Ransom – Past President of the Boston chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (BosNOMA) discussing the importance of a focus on social equity in design, construction, and operations of our buildings, communities, and our organizations.

When: April 4th, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30

Where: Milk St, 15th Floor
                Conf Room “Aristotle”
                Boston, MA 02109
                United States

For more information and registration:

http://usgbcma.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1028

Hack To Map The Gap

The Harvard GSD African American Student Union will be hosting the Hack To Map The Gap Hackathon on Saturday, April 2nd at Gund Hall from 1:30 to 6:30. Nancy Krieger, Professor of Social Epidemiology at Harvard University will be the keynote speaker. Registration is free and open to the public.

For more information and to register click here or see the flyer below.

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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.

Cheers,

Racquel Davey, co-chair

Member Bio: Jamar Moore

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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.