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Welcome 2019. The New Year is bringing a new NOMA.net. This temporary space will keep you informed of the exciting things to expect.

 

President Kimberly Dowdell
President Kimberly Dowdell
President Kimberly Dowdell

To The NOMA Community:

I would like to begin this New Year and my administration of NOMA with deep gratitude for the past and broad optimism for the future. As the 2019-2020 NOMA President, it is my honor to follow in the footsteps of Bryan Hudson, Kevin Holland and Kathy Dixon, to name just a few of the distinguished and most recent legacy presidents of our organization. I am grateful to all of our historic presidents, board members and the elders of NOMA for their hard work, passion and the example that they have set for younger generations of architects. Many thanks to each and every one of you. Our 2019 NOMA Board of Directors truly stands on the shoulders of giants.

Since 1971, NOMA has held the mantle of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession of architecture. While the past 48 years have yielded progress, there is still much to be done in order to ensure that every person has the opportunity to study design, practice architecture and shape our collective built environment. NOMA's mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members. These efforts will be front and center for NOMA while I am at the helm. My specific vision for our organization is to foster the "ALL in for NOMA" platform that I have developed as a guide for our work over the next two years.

Access (K-12/College/Grad School/Licensure)

Leadership (Firm ownership, promotion, public service, organizational leadership, etc.)

Legacy (Succession planning, retirement preparedness, mentorship, etc.)

I firmly believe that access is a critical first step in the process of ensuring that diverse professionals are cultivated in the future of architecture. NOMA Project Pipeline is one of our signature programs that is hyper-focused on this aim. NOMA must support our youth from their initial introduction to the profession through their formal education, including the licensure process. Once licensed, NOMA has a role to play in making sure that our young people have opportunities for growth and professional development. Ultimately, we need to see more diverse leaders represented in the building professions, from architects to builders and from owners to government leaders. Diversity in design leadership matters. Representation matters. Building legacy matters.

Over the course of the next several weeks, NOMA's board will be working towards developing a strategy to implement the #ALLinforNOMA platform. We aim to provide an update to the membership shortly after our 1st Quarter Board Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, which will be held the first weekend in February. We want to engage with our members in meaningful ways and support our chapters as they do the important hands-on work of NOMA throughout the nation. I am especially excited about our incredible student members and the immense amount of promise that I see in these young people. Our profession will be in good hands as long as we support our youth. Having met many of them at our most recent conference in Chicago, I am very optimistic about the future. They are so talented and have so much potential. It is our duty and privilege to serve them as they build the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in architecture and beyond.

I am inspired by our entire membership, especially those of you who have served in positions of leadership. I encourage everyone to get involved with NOMA at the local level or consider applying to join a national committee, once positions are made available in the near future. We have a lot of great work to do together and I look forward to serving alongside each of you to make 2019 an excellent year of growth for NOMA. As we look to 2020, it will be important for us to further define and promote our vision for the future of architecture. NOMA has an important voice that must be amplified, not just for the sake of our valued members, but for the benefit of all communities that deserve to be designed and built equitably.

Happy New Year to all! If you are a current member, thank you so much for your continued commitment. If you are considering joining or renewing your membership, I cannot impress upon you enough how important you are to the work that NOMA will be doing in the coming year. We need you and look forward to your active participation in this unique and impactful community, the NOMA family, where all are welcome.

Onward + Upward,
Kimberly N. Dowdell
2019-2020 NOMA President