The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members.
NOMA PGH exists to advance professional equity, through building relationships, promoting and supporting minority architects, and inspiring youth.
As president of NOMA PGH, it is my aim and focus to propel the organization forward with its mission, to help remove the barriers that currently exist in Pittsburgh which impede the progress for minority architects, and to bring attention to the talent that exists within the NOMA PGH membership body.
My intent is to connect our membership to what’s happening in our city so that they may play a more meaningful role in the development of our neighborhoods. Pittsburgh is at a crucial point in time where changes are occurring within many of the neighborhoods that have been neglected for many years. Therefore, NOMA is even more relevant for Pittsburgh right now than ever. My hope is to open the lines of communication between our members, and individuals and organizations that may not be traditionally exposed to, or understand the issues that exist for people of color within our profession.
NOMA is relevant to Pittsburgh because it provides a space for the advancement of [and advocacy for] minority professionals in city with a very small minority population.
NOMA has a distinct voice to be the change in the profession, practice, and Pittsburgh. I AM NOMA because it’s my responsibility as an emerging architect to address the challenges affecting those without a voice.
I believe in NOMA, because as a minority woman in the field of architecture, I recognize some of us face unique challenges in the profession, and NOMA gives us a space to both share those challenges, while also providing a platform to promote our colleagues and enhance the impact that we can have in the local community