WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 8, 2018 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) have extended their Memorandum of Understanding for a term of three years beginning January 1, 2018.
AIA and NOMA are both committed to growing their current partnership in a way that benefits members of both organizations, helps encourage collaboration at the local level, and contributes to a diverse profession that mirrors the society we serve.
2018 NOMA president Bryan Hudson, AIA, and AIA EVP/chief executive officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, signed the MOU, which reflects a commitment by AIA and NOMA to continue and enhance their combined effort toward building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive architecture profession.
“I am inspired by the work NOMA does and look forward to furthering our relationship,” said Robert Ivy, FAIA. “The future of the profession depends on organizations like NOMA and AIA coming together to advance our shared goals.”
“I find the timing of signing this document holds historical significance for NOMA. As we reflect on Whitney M. Young’s famous speech at AIA 50 years ago, it is our hope and intent that he would be proud of the steps our two organizations are taking to advance diversity and inclusion in the field of architecture,” said Hudson. “Collectively, we are encouraged by the progress that has been made thus far and we are determined to advance the work of NOMA and the AIA to have a positive impact on this profession for the next 50 years and beyond.”
NOMA and the AIA will explore opportunities for NOMA Leadership to participate in national and regional leadership programs. The AIA is also excited to continue its participation in the annual NOMA Student Design Competition.
About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, The American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.