The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) is pleased to announce the registration for its 45th Annual Conference, which will be held in Houston, Texas, is open and you can by registering early. Plan to join us for an amazing educational and networking opportunity that will draw industry professionals from across the globe.
The Conference will take place October 11 - 14, 2017, at the Westin Galleria Houston Hotel.
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On Friday, (DATE CHANGED June 9th), Bluewater Technologies will be presenting the AIA course "How AV & Display Technology Influences Architectural Space". Please join us at Bluewater Technology Headquarters. You will receive 1 CEU and lunch will be provided.
In honor of women's history month, NOMAS UDM chapter willl be presenting "Women in Architecture: Panel Discussion", on Friday, March 17th, from 5pm-7pm. The discussion will be held at the University of Detroit Mercy in the Loranger exibition space. For more information, contact OKUNLOAM@udmercy.edu. Light refreshments will be provided
Gensler is in search of bright, dynamic and innovative designers; individuals who leverage their unique point of view to redefine what is possible through the power of design. We invite you to explore how you can make your mark at Gensler within the global network of team members, clients and communities in which we work. Students will collaborate as a regional team across all three offices to research and synthesize provocative ideas around an emerging topic with the profession.
Submission deadline: March 24th, 2017
For more information visit: gensler.com/careers
On Wednesday, February 8th, from 5pm to 6:30pm, R. Steven Lewis will be presenting at Detroit Mercy's School of Architecture as part of their architecture lecture series. This lecture is free and open to the public and will have a short reception before commencing.
In 2016, Steve Lewis was appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan as Urban Design Director for Detroit’s Central District with the city’s Planning and Development Department. He and his colleagues share a commitment to balancing meaningful community engagement with the pressures of aggressive investment and development, with the aim of enabling the resurgence of one of America's greatest legacy cities.
Steve has served as president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and he played a key role in forging a partnership between NOMA and American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was the recipient of the AIA’s 2016 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. This distinction, named after the esteemed head of the National Urban League during the Civil Rights Movement, was established in 1972 and is presented to architects or firms that actively contribute to social change through their realized work. Steve is a graduate of Syracuse University's School of Architecture and cthe Harvard University Graduate School Design Loeb Fellowship Program.
This is a free, collaborative event for anyone interested. Be sure to sign up on Eventbrite.
On Saturday, January 21st from 1pm - 6pm Detroit designers, community members, artists, and activists will gather in pursuit of a design intervention with the intention of addressing issues of injustice throughout the built environment, using the language of design.
The Design for Social Justice: Workshop will collect concerns and hopes for the future of Detroit's design profession. There are many designers who have expressed a will to mobilize. This workshop and the Design Justice Platform (DJP) + Design as Protest (DAP) was created to catalyze those calls and organize through a series of design cyphers/workshops. Please join us!
Reserve your spot at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-for-social-justice-workshop-tickets-30969752363
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Our New Years Cheer event marks the end of another amazing year of NOMA-Detroit and the beginning of a new year. We will announce the new Board of Directors for NOMA-Detroit, students will present their design projects they submitted for the NOMA National Design Competition that was held last year. Also, awards will be given out to some of our hard working NOMA-Detroit members, and we will discuss overall goals and events for 2017.
There will be food, people to network and talk with.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Members $10 / Non-Members $15 (Email President@nomadetroit.org for promo code if you are a memeber and didn't receive the code)
Tickets at the door Members $12 / Non-Members $17
Purchase tickets at EVENTBRITE HERE
Are you interested in joining NOMA Detroit's 2017 Executive Board? We are looking for passionate, energetic, ready-to work members to make next year an exciting one! Items on the calendar include an Alvin Ailey Fundraiser, Project Pipeline, board game nights and other fun events. Open positions include President Elect, Secretary, Student Representative/Coordinator, along with 3 new positions Membership, Website, and Marketing. You must be a paid member to sit on the board. If you are not a current member we can walk you through the verification process in time to be considered for the position.
Email President@nomadetroit.org if you or someone you know would like to be considered for the position that most interests you. Even if your unsure we will let you know the expectations of the position and give you tools to be successful. Check out each position and let us know which one(s) you are interested and we can provide additional details.
President (Must be Licensed Architect)
The President of NOMA Detroit shall be its Chairman of the board, and Chief Executive Officer and shall have the responsibility and authority for the day-to-day administration of the affairs of the organization under the general supervision of the Board of Directors, shall preside all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as the Board of Directors prescribed in these By-Laws.
Vice - President
The Vice-President shall have such powers and perform such duties as the Board of Directors or President from time to time prescribes. In the absence or inability of the President, the Vice President shall be designated by the Board of Directors to perform the duties of the president, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and shall be subject to all restrictions upon the President. The Vice-President shall be the Chairman of the Planning committee.
The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors and all committee meetings; sign minutes of these meetings and other instruments requiring the signature of the Secretary; and schedule all Board of Directors meetings and perform other duties incident to the office of Secretary.
The treasurer shall be the Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee; and shall make financial reports at meetings of the Board, cause independent audits of the books and financial records as necessary, and perform all the duties incident to the office of the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be Accounting Officer of NOMA Detroit and shall keep full and accurate accounts of all financial transactions in books belonging to NOMA Detroit.
President-Elect / Project Pipeline Coordinator (OPEN but must be Licensed Architect)
The President-Elect of NOMA Detroit shall observe and support the board of directors in it processes and activities.
The President-Elect of NOMA Detroit shall also be its Chairman of Project Pipeline. The Chairman of the Project Pipeline shall report to the board of directors about major activities and action items of Project Pipeline as a whole, conduct and coordinate Project Pipeline Committee meetings, coordinate Project Pipeline events such as but not limited to Architecture Summer camps and student workshops, and set goals for the year for Project Pipeline as a whole.
Membership Chair (OPEN)
The Membership Chair shall report to the board of directors about the membership, maintain member lists, work with board of directors to increase membership.
Website Chair (OPEN)
The Website Chair shall report to the board of directors about the website. Update website on the regular basis with meetings, event photos, and all prevalent NOMA Detroit information.
Marketing Chair (OPEN)
The Marketing Chair shall report to the board of directors about planned event and outreach. Marketing chair shall plan, schedule, coordinate, and conduct events, and marketing campaigns. Coordinate with Website Chair to update website with content.
Student Representative/Coordinator (OPEN)
The Student Coordinator shall report to the board of directors about college student members. Student Coordinator shall coordinate between local NOMAS chapters, maintain student member list, student events and promote NOMA Detroit to each college. A student of a college of Architecture or recent graduate is preferred for this role.
The African American Professional Non-Profit Organizations of Metro Detroit are collaborating for a worthy cause.
The Black Professionals Holiday Mixer & 6th Annual Toys for Tots Drive will take place at the trendy Detroit Seafood Market/P.V. Lounge on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 6 pm - 9pm.
Participating Organizations Include:
National Society of Black Engineers - Detroit Professionals
National Black MBA Association - Detroit Chapter
National Association of Black Accountants
Black Data Processing Associates - Detroit Chapter
National Association of Minority Consulting Engineers- Detroit Chapter
National Black Public Relations Society - Detroit Chapter
National Organization of Minority Architects - Detroit Chapter
National Association of African Americans in Human Resources
National African American Insurance Association
You may bring a toy to donate or pay $20 entry fee. REGISTER HERE
Just Right Living Project, a nine-week afterschool program for students fourth through ninth grades, teaches architecture, engineering, urban design and sustainability
What: The Just Right Living Project (JRLP / #JRLP16) is a nine-week afterschool program that will engage students in a project-based learning experience. The program incorporates STEM/STEAM careers: math, architecture, engineering, technology, construction, urban planning and sustainability. Students will use sketching and 3D technology to design a just-right sized house for a Detroit neighborhood, based on their family size, career, and other lifestyle requirements.
Who: POWEROrg Math (www.powertheyouth.org), SpaceLab Detroit (www.spacelabdetroit.com) and The Mannik & Smith Group (www.manniksmithgroup.com) collaborated to develop the program. Techtown (www.techtowndetroit.org) is the location sponsor.
Why: In April of 2016, POWEROrg Math and SpaceLab Detroit celebrated Architecture Week with Detroit area students. During the 2-1/2 hour program, students learned ratio and scale, sketching, space planning and 3D design. They enjoyed the short session immensely and asked for a regular program to attend weekly.
Who Should Attend: Detroit area students in the 4th through 9th grade. Limited to 20 students. Parents are invited to sit in at the sessions. Mentors and professionals are also welcome to share their time and experiences.
Cost: Family investment is $45 per student. (Valued at $250) A discount is available for two or more students from the same family.
When: Tuesdays, September 13, 2016 through November 15, 2016. There will be a virtual introduction conference call on Saturday, September 10, 2016. We will not meet on November 8 (Election Day).
Where: Techtown, 440 Burroughs St., Suite 370, Detroit, MI 48202
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If you are not registered dot it TODAY!
Here is the Step-by-Step guide from the State of Michigan website. Click HERE
Here is the application in PDF form if you need it.
We also Googled "How to register to vote in Michigan" for you.
Send us and email to President@nomadetroit.org if you and your friends or family need a ride to your polling location the day of the elections.
Want to know who is on your ballot? Here is a website that is like Wikipedia for election information. You can put in your address and it tells you who is on your ballot.
This is a critical election and every vote counts. We are providing this as a public notice and it is up to you to make your voice heard!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Hurry now and purchase before your time is up!
NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) Detroit chapter is hosting a Whirlyball fundraiser ( what is whirlybal? http://www.whirlyballmichigan.com/index.php/what-is-whirlyball https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z1vHI27EbM). The goal is to raise money for Project Pipeline. Project Pipeline is an architecture mentor-ship program design to get youth excited and exposed to the architecture profession. We have already completed four 2-day free architecture camps for high school students. The money raised will go toward expanding our free summer camps and add workshops and mentoring events throughout the year.
Your ticket includes food and 3 games of Whirlyball.
There will also be raffles to win some amazing prizes!
Buy your tickets HERE and lets have some fun!
NOMA Detroit will have a booth at the MECCA convention. Come to the convention to see some amazing art, artists, and comics! Tickets are $6 https://meccacon.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/meccacon2016-applications-apply-today/
NOMA Member contact President@nomadetroit.org for another way for you to experience the convention.
NOMA Detroit and some of its members join the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) to activate the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History with a celebration of diversity in design!
The event also honors the legacy of Howard F. Sims, FAIA, founder of SDG Associates, LLC, sponsor of the event. Programming includes displays from architects that are working to enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity in Detroit. NOMA Detroit will highlight Project Pipeline. Other members participating:
Kenneth Crutcher - Crutcher Studio
Mike Ford - Hip Hop Architecture
Saundra Little + Damon Thomas - Centric Design Studio
Karen Burton - SpaceLab Detroit
This will be a fantastic networking opportunity. Over 700 people have registered to attend this free event.
NOMA Detroit members are invited to participate in a one day, design charrette with the NOMAS-LTU Design team for the NOMA Student Competition. We will use different analysis factors to begin the preliminary design. Food will be provided.
Refer to the design brief HERE
It is time to get together and put our energies toward our big goal of creating the Project Pipeline Detroit. We need your help in reaching out to high school student about the profession of architecture.
Refer to the agenda for the meeting HERE
Here is a link to the PREZI of what was accomplished last year in Project Pipeline Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is the basis of what we are trying to accomplish this year and repeat again in Grand Rapids.
I want you to check the videos out what other chapters are doing with there camp.
Let's cross polinate! Come have a drink and bite with your local chapters of multicultural architects and engineers at Punchbowl Social. Bring a friend or two so we can all get to know each other on the last Thursday of Black History Month.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone and having some fun! See you there!!
IMHOTEP is the name of our organization and Urban Design Workshop 2016 is the name of our class. We teach the class in partnership with DAPCEP and the Detroit Housing Commission. Click HERE for flyer.
The next session begins Feb. 13 and ends March 19.
If anyone knows a 8th-12th grade student interested in signing up, they should go to this link. Scholarships are available. http://dapcep.asapconnected.com/ClassDetail.aspx?pk=441451
Click HERE for student work from last fall's session.
Robert is always looking for more volunteers each Saturday. Come out and meet the students and help open their mind's to all the possibilities architecture has to offer.
Contact Robert Saxon, Jr., AIA, LEED AP Architect Phone: 734 347-1298 Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/robertsaxon Blog: A Detroit Architect's Journal