Virginia NOMA Update

As you may recall, the NOMA Exploratory Committee was formed in the Fall of 2019 to do the following:

  • Evaluate the requirements and resources it would take to start a Virginia NOMA chapter
  • Determine interest in the minority community
  • Obtain insight on lessons learned from those who have undertaken such an initiative

We are proud to report that a group of dedicated individuals have been meeting regularly to advance this cause and the profession is in arms reach of having a statewide NOMA chapter!

The Committee has completed the following tasks:

  • Completed its first draft of the proposed Bylaws and received review comments from NOMA National
  • Obtained an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Executed a Memorandum of Understanding with AIA Virginia to solidify a unified partnership
  • Determined a banking institute and moving forward with its establishment
  • Established dues rates
  • Identified its provisional Officers to obtain a charter from NOMA National (names must be provided to get a charter and its inaugural Officers will be voted on by its membership)

A charter is expected to be granted to Virginia NOMA in 2020. Thank you to Joel Mieses for chairing the Exploratory Committee and demonstrating exemplary leadership. If you are interested in being a part of this professional community, please complete this interest form accessed at

Interested in a NOMA Virginia?

NOMA Interest

Minority individuals within the architectural design community are exploring the creation of a National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) chapter in the state. An Exploratory Committee has been formed to analyze the feasibility of such an endeavor. We ask that you please complete the following questions and information fields.