NOMA Louisiana wins a few National awards!

For Immediate Release:

 NOMA Louisiana is the recipient of the 2013 AIA and the ACSA Diversity Awards.

New Orleans, LA

{June 25, 2013} – NOMA Louisiana, the Louisiana affiliate of the National Organization of Minority architects is proud to announce its achievements in Diversity Excellence and inclusion. 

NOMA Louisiana’s Project Pipeline program, in partnership with Tulane University School of Architecture, was designed in the spirit of providing continued mentorship throughout the growth of an aspiring architect’s career. Project Pipeline encourages individuals from high school students all the way through firm principals to participate in its tiered program as both mentors and mentees. The program has had great success engaging students in the past year during Project Pipeline's two phases: a summer Architecture and Design Camp for New Orleans high school students and an intensive workshop series held during the school year.

After only one year of operation, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Office of Diversity selected NOMA Louisiana’s Project Pipeline as one of two 2013 honorees for the AIA Diversity Recognition Award. NOMA Louisiana was also selected at the 2012-2013 Award Recipient of the Diversity Achievement award for the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture Association (ACSA).

The AIA Diversity Recognition Award is "seeks to recognize architects for exemplary commitment and contributions to diversifying the profession of architecture. A diversified profession mirrors the society it serves; celebrates and encourages the contributions of all architects, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious belief, geographic location, or practice; encourages alternatives to traditional practice models; and provides opportunities for a greater variety of individuals to become architects, take advantage of leadership opportunities, and influence our practices and our professional lives."

The ACSA Diversity Award is recognition of the work of faculty, administrators, or students in creating effective methods and models to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel, and student bodies, specifically to incorporate the participation and contributions of historically under-represented groups or contexts. The AIA Diversity Recognition Program celebrates and invites the contributions of AIA members toward the goal of a more diverse profession. Up to twelve submissions will be selected annually to be recognized as Diversity Best Practices.

NOMA Louisiana is in the process of preparing for their second annual architecture and design summer camp, which has expanded from 30 students to 70 across two cities: New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge camp will be held July 19th - 21st and the New Orleans camp will be held at July 25th - 28th. NOMA Louisiana is committed to the education and professional development of all members in Project Pipeline in the State of Louisiana. Our goal is to spark the interest of youth and professionals alike, to build the mission of equality within architecture and its related professions.

 Project Pipeline is still open for student and volunteer registration until July 15th.

Media Contact

For more information on Project Pipelines most recent awards, please see the following:

AIA Diverisity Recognition Program:

ACSA Diversity Awards:

For more information on NOMA LA , to request images, or an interview, please contact:

Bryan C. Lee Jr | NOMA Louisiana VP + Program Director | blee@nomalouisiana.org

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