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National Organization of Minority Architects 2012 Conference
October 18, 2012 - October 20, 2012
October 18 – 20, 2012 – Detroit, Michigan USA
The 40th annual conference of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) will take place at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, October 18-20, 2012. Registration information and a promotional video can be found at http://noma.net/EventsPrograms/events_2012conference.aspx The theme of the conference is “A Legacy Driven by Design” and will feature professional development and continuing education workshops, exhibitors, Detroit tours, a community service project, a student design competition focused on a Detroit neighborhood, and the perennial Bros Arts Ball. The conference will also celebrate the establishment of NOMA at an American Institute of Architects convention in Detroit in 1971. NOMA was founded by 12 African-American architects who recognized the need for an organization dedicated to the development and advancement of minority design professionals. The founders envisioned an organization that would work to fight discriminatory policies that limit or bar minority architects from participating in design and constructions programs. NOMA continues to be an influential voice, promoting the quality and excellence of its members. Over 400 NOMA members, affiliates and students are expected to attend the NOMA 2012 Conference, including architects, interior designers, planners, and construction and real estate professionals. NOMA membership includes 22 chapters nationwide and numerous outstanding professionals and firms, including Hamilton Anderson Associates (Detroit), recipient of several NOMA and American Institute of Architects design and honor awards; The Freelon Group (Research Park Triangle, NC), designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture to be located on the Mall in Washington, DC; and Moody-Nolan, Inc. (headquartered in Columbus, OH), the largest minority-owned architectural design firm in the country.