by Carlton Smith, AIA
2007 NOMA President
There has been an on-going debate as to the validity of the AIA among architects. There has also been a similar debate as to the validity of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), just awarded the AIA Whitney Young Award. Is there a need for either?
As a member of both, I am of the opinion there is a need for both. The profession needs a voice, and minority architects within the profession need a voice as well. Although it can be argued that the AIA has not done enough in support of architects, there is evidence that through its efforts, change has occurred. Similarly, NOMA, as an advocate for minority architects, has been working hard to provide a platform for inclusion in mainstream architecture.
What do you think?