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The Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects creates a platform of inclusion and growth to support all minority designers; as defined by ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation. Our programming stems from three initiatives: Project Pipeline and Minority Leadership & Professional Development.


Professional Development

With a focus on mentorship, continuing education, and developing minority leaders within our industry, programming under this initiative includes construction site tours, networking events, and continuing education seminars.

Project Pipeline

Our Project Pipeline programming is developed to empower under-served and under-represented young people to affect change in their communities through design.

After the initial introduction, the Pipeline continues to support and mentor students and young professionals as they matriculate through the rigors of becoming a licensed architect.


"Design is social change, so lets make changes."

oswaldo ortega|PAST president  |  2016 AIA alan madison diversity award


NOMA Mission

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.


Fostering communications & fellowship among women and minority architects and being an effective source of motivation and inspiration for local area youth.


Fighting discrimination and other selection policies being used by public and private sector clients to unfairly restrict women and minority architects' participation in design and construction.


Encouraging the establishment of coalitions of member firms to form positive and effective associate and joint venture relationships that encourage quality minority participation.


Working with local, state, and national governments on issues affecting the physical development of neighborhoods and Communities.


NOMA History

The National Organization of Minority Architects was founded in 1971 by twelve African-American architects from different parts of the country who met, some for the first time, during the AIA National Convention in Detroit.  Together they quickly recognized the desperate need for an organization dedicated to the development and advancement of minority architects, and built a foundation centered on education, mentorship and developing underserved communities.  Together they worked tirelessly to fight discriminatory policies and practices that limit or bar minority professionals from participating within the design and construction industry.

I-NOMA is a local chapter and subdivision of NOMA, which encompasses a community of design professionals committed to impacting our city through design and education.  We are a non-profit organization built on the love and dedication of volunteers and members who work to minimize the effect of discrimination within our profession and strengthen the awareness and career opportunities for minorities within the field of architecture


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