The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) 47th Annual Conference
I presented at NOMA this year. I spoke about how community work is like breathing. There is an inhale/exhale exercise.
PRESENTATION: DESIGNING WITH COMMUITIES
Success in community engagement comes in many forms. It is our responsibility as designers to support and prioritize voices of those who use the spaces we create. We must also be ready for outcomes tempered by realities. As designers, how are we listening to understand the complexities of the problems before we suggest design solutions? How are we valuing community work if it is not outlined in project schedules or contracts? Because architects are ultimately accountable to communities, we must integrate formal community outreach strategies into our practices. The presentation will review a couple of examples including ChildSafe by Overland Partners and engagement work of Latinos in Architecture San Antonio.
The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members.