message from Bryan Hudson, 2017-2018 President

Greetings NOMA Family!  I have a few more messages before I leave office on December 31st.  I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve for the past two years.  I would really like to thank those of you who decided to visit my hometown Chicago for NOMA’s 47th Annual conference.  I hope the experience was life changing for all of those who attended.  My conference committee showed up and showed out the best of what this great city has to offer.  When I attended my 1st conference here 24 years ago as a student I knew I would be a NOMA lifer!  No dues payments missed since then! I want to personally acknowledge the patience that you all showed as we tried a different format: A conference without walls.  As we moved thru the conference events there were some hiccups that you may or may not have noticed. As an organization we endeavor to be better the next time.

I would like to give a shout to one of our harder working chapters in the country for their programming efforts.  We could not award everyone; but I think they should be commended for their outstanding work being one of our newer chapters.  NOMA Pittsburgh I congratulate your chapter by awarding you the President’s choice award and also thank you for lending AIA National your founding member Bill Bates- FAIA to be the next President(second black man) in the 164 year history.  Here’s to a job well done.

I’m amazed that this year’s student design competition had so many entries (double previous years) 40 total!  Unfortunately we were overwhelmed with some last minute changes the day of the competition. This made it hard on our University liaisons to navigate these unchartered waters.  I apologize for any confusion that may have taken place during the competition. Stress levels can be high when surprises are sprung on at the last possible moment. I applaud the students for having the flexibility to conform to real time issues that can take place in the real world of design.  We are looking forward to next year’s competition. We are looking at new formatting that will make the most of the students conference experience.

Lastly the professional design competition has added some new categories in the last year and it was great to see the turn out for our Historic preservation component.  I’m excited to see 44 entries this year. Again there was growth with our submissions and this allows us to showcase the best of our NOMA firm work. We look to share the images with you via print and our NEW website under featured categories for members and their firms.  It has been an extreme pleasure to guide this great organization for the past two years. Looking forward to greater things in the future.

Bryan W. Hudson, NOMA, AIA

2017-18 President
National Organization of Minority Architects