History of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Twelve African-American architects from different parts of the country met, some for the first time, during the AIA National Convention in Detroit in 1971. What these profesionals recognized was the desperate need for an organization dedicated to the development and advancement of minority architects. These African American architects wanted minority design professionals to work together to fight discriminatory policies that limit or bar minority architects from participating in design and construction programs. With this Idea, the National Organization of Minority Architects was formed.

Today, there are NOMA Chapters in all parts of the country. Each chapter is dedicated to aiding in the advancement of minorities and women in the profession and inspiring the next generation of architects.

NOMA's mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellance, community engagement, and professional development of its members.


HNOMA Mission

Houston NOMA aims to support NOMA's mission by...

  • Fostering communications & fellowship among women and minority architects and being an effective source of motivation and inspiration for local area youth.
  • Fighting discrimination and other selection policies being used by public and private sector clients to unfairly restrict women and minority architects' participation in design and construction.
  • Encouraging the establishment of coalitions of member firms to form positive and effective associate and joint venture relationships that encourage quality minority participation.
  • Working with local, state, and national governments on issues affecting the physical development of neighborhoods and communities.

Current Officers


Motunrayo Badru, AIA, NOMA


Vice President

Anzilla Gilmore, AIA, NOMA



Wardell Ross, AIA, NOMA



Andre Chachere, RA, NOMA



Jimeca Sims, LEED AP BD+C



Maxwell Price, NOMA


HNOMA membership offers all of the benefits of national membership along with free and/ or reduced access to all HNOMA events, local networking opportunities and a voice for local women and minorities in the architectural profession. To be a member of HNOMA, you must submit BOTH national and local membership fees.

There are two ways to join HNOMA. For faster response, join on-line at www.noma.net. Once logged into the national website, simply select your membership category and your local chapter affiliation, fill out the on-line member form and your payment will be transmitted to the national office in Washington, DC.

To join via USPS, you are welcomed to download an application and send your national and local dues directly to HNOMA at the address provided below:

HNOMA Treasurer
PO Box 542118
Houston, TX 77254-2118

For more information on HNOMA membership, please contact