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SoCalNOMA Officers 2018

PRESIDENT – Lance Collins, AIA, LEED AP (BD+C)

Lance Collins is a Director at Partner Energy with experience in sustainable design and construction practices including whole building analysis/benchmarking, energy conservation
measures, resource consumption reduction strategies, LEED certification administration, building commissioning, solar project development, and project/construction management.
As a licensed architect in the state of California, a LEED Accredited Professional, a Green Globes Assessor, and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Lance holds over 15 years of professional experience to the fields of sustainable design, architecture, and urban design. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Collins has also been an adjunct professor at Long Beach City College and has guest lectured at the University of Southern California, Santa Monica College, California State University at Long Beach, and Mt. San Antonio College, teaching green building Principles and sustainable design strategies to students and industry professionals.

VICE PRESIDENT -E. Rochelle Harris

E. Rochelle is a proud native Chicagoan. With high energy, enthusiasm and passion she practices, mentors and teaches Architecture. An experienced Project Manager, Administrator
and Architect with more than 20 years of experience. E. Rochelle holds a Masters in Architecture from the Pratt Institute in New York and a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

With a true passion for the development of young minority students interested in architecture and architectural students. E. Rochelle is the Southern California NOMA Chapter Summer Camp Director and the SoCal Student Chapter Liaison, E. Rochelle dedicates her time and talent to making sure that every student from middle school all the way through grad school not only knows about architecture and that they can become an Architect but that they can excel at it. Her hobbies include photography, running marathons, reading, skiing and traveling.

TREASURER – Dawn Hicks

Dawn is a recent transplant from Richmond, VA, working with Venice Community Housing as their newly selected Rose Architectural Fellow. With Venice Community Housing, Dawn serves as a key member of the housing development team as VCH initiates two new construction projects focused on increasing affordable and permanent supportive housing options in Venice, as well as reinvest in several older properties. As an integral part of their property management, resident services, YouthBuild and advocacy teams and engage a wide variety of other community members and stakeholders in an approach to community development and project design.

Prior to the Fellowship, Dawn was a design professional in Richmond, VA, where she worked in construction and maintenance, and also served on the city’s Urban Design Committee. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where she focused on the social and economic impacts of Hip Hop on Architecture.

SECRETARY -Janiece Williams

Originally from Houston, Texas, Janiece Williams graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University in 2010. After graduation, she decided to take a leap of faith and move to Los Angeles, CA. where she began working with the architecture firm, HansonLA. Throughout her 4 years at HansonLA, she gained much experience in production and management of various project types throughout Los Angeles including single-family and multi- family residential, commercial and mixed-use. She is currently a Job Captain for KTGY Architecture + Planning and is a part of the production team for high-density multi-family residential and mixed-use.

Janiece originally joined the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) while at Howard, and was introduced to the Southern California chapter of NOMA through volunteering with the Architecture and Engineering Summer Camp in 2012. She has served on the summer camp planning committee for the past 3 years, and enjoys creating a fun learning environment that provides exposure of the design fields to our youth.


Matthew is a talented designer who has worked on a variety of project types, including themed entertainment, corporate office space, places of worship, and multi-family housing projects.  With over 6 years of experience in theme park design, Matthew has currently immersed himself in the Entertainment Studio at Cuningham Group working as Lead Designer on notable outdoor theme parks in China as well as in the States. As a SoCalNOMA member for over 10 years, Matthew has worked as a designer, 3D Modeler, mentor, and Marketing Co-Chair for the 2016 NOMA Conference. His artistic talents stretch beyond architecture into directing, music production and songwriting.


As a native of the Philadelphia area, a seasoned New Yorker, and now a resident of Downtown LA, Joshua is currently pursuing his Masters of Architecture at the University of Southern California.  He currently serves as the founding Co-President of the USC NOMAS chapter and as a Senator for the USC Graduate Architecture Student Association. Joshua is also a USC Black Alumni Association Scholar and a USC Latino Alumni Association Scholar. Prior to studying at USC, he studied architecture while playing Division 1-AA football at Columbia University.  Outside of school, Joshua is the Co-Founder of an online media platform called “An UNSCRIPTD Journey” which is a platform for young professionals to share, inspire, reflect, and make an impact through personal stories and creative collaboration. Joshua’s other hobbies include boxing, basketball, and music (electric bass/singing).


Drake Dillard has served as President of the Southern California Chapter of the National Organization for Minority Architects for over 8 years. His tireless dedication to the profession, commitment to mentoring youth and exceptional people skills have served the organization well. A registered Architect with more than 30 years experience in the management of design and construction of medical facilities, educational and commercial projects. He has worked on projects in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Africa. A proud architectural graduate of University of Illinois Urbana/Campaign and Howard University, Drake is actively involved in the professional community serving many organizations: Historic  reservation Overlay Zone Lafayette Square, Board Chair for Crenshaw YMCA, AIA Los Angeles and Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission on Local Governmental Services. Join us as we honor and salute Drake for his service to the National Organization for Minority Architects on the local and national level.