Southern California Chapter
The National Organization of Minority Architects
SoCalNOMA seeks to advance and support the education and careers of those who have been historically under-represented in the field of architecture and various allied design/build professions. Members include architects, designers, civil engineers, structural engineers, interior designers, urban planners and product manufacturers. The SoCalNOMA chapter was founded in the mid-1980’s and was originally called the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (LANOMA). Amongst the Chapter’s historic events and accomplishments were the creation of an exhibit of local chapter African-American architects (hosted by the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall), the sponsorship of a student chapter at U.S.C.’s School of Architecture, hosting of the annual national NOMA convention and pro-bono professional design services on the redevelopment of Leimert Park Village and other urban community redevelopment aspirations.
SoCalNOMA hosts a variety of activities designed to inform and serve as a vehicle for building professionally beneficial relationships. Past regular activities have included networking socials as well as information sessions hosted by vendors and members. We also enjoy informal meet-ups at lectures and on design tours.
Mentoring is not only encouraged but passionately nurtured as a result of a nationwide NOMA initiative – Project Pipeline. In conjunction with the American Institute of Architects, a concerted effort is being placed on exposing youth to architecture and its diverse career path opportunities. SoCalNOMA has annually hosted a summer camp for young teens the past five years. (Please refer to our webpage devoted exclusively to the summer camp.)