NOMA: For the LOVE of it

Mayor Michael Nutter welcomed architects from around the nation to Philadelphia for the 42nd Annual National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) International Conference and Exhibition held 10.02-04.14. William Stanley, FAIA, chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows, and 2016 AIA President-elect Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, participanted in the conference at the historic 1932 PSFS Building, designed by William Lescaze and George Howe, now restored and known as Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The conference theme was “For the LOVE of it,” appropriate for the City of Brotherly Love.

Pre-conference activities on Wednesday included a full-day Community Legacy Project at the Lighthouse on Lehigh Avenue and the presentation of entries in the NOMA Student Design Competition. Friday’s General Session featured keynote speaker Paola Moya, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, co-principal and partner of the Washington, DC-based architectural firm Marshall Moya Design. She inspired the audience of professionals and students with an account of her professional journey in which she made a career shift from law to architecture. “A Tale of Two Cities” seminar was led by AIANY Chapter members Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, and Venesa Alicea, AIA, NOMA, and featured Via Verde in the Bronx and Paseo Verde in Philadelphia, two community-based projects developed by Jonathan Rose Companies. The most talked-about tour on Saturday was “Illustrious Shadows,” highlighting the life and works of Julian Francis Abele, Philadelphia’s first African-American architect. He was chief designer of more than 200 buildings, including The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Weidner Building, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Continue reading “NOMA: For the LOVE of it”