New Haven, CT – The Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Connecticut) is assisting architects and allied professionals in forming a National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) chapter in Connecticut.
José A. Hernández, a firm principal at Newman Architects in New Haven and a member of AIA Connecticut, along with Omarys Vasquez, AIA, an associate at Svigals + Partners, and Paolo Campos, AIA, a firm principal at Patriquin Architects, spearheaded the effort to bring together a group of architects, engineers, and construction professionals to champion the creation of more diverse teams to drive the architectural profession forward and embody the communities they serve.
“This was a wonderful opportunity to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the architectural profession through mentorship, professional development, community outreach, and recognition,” said Hernández. “We embrace the mission of NOMA and are striving to be installed as a state chapter by the end of 2020.”
Beginning less than a year ago, this effort is working toward formalizing the connection with the National Organization of Minority Architects, based in Washington D.C., with 30 professional chapters and over 80 student chapters at universities across the country.