The 46th Annual NOMA International Conference was held in Chicago from Wednesday, October 17th – Saturday, October 20th.  This year’s theme was NOMA Unbounded: The Convergence of a Legacy, which explored a new “conference without walls” concept that provided attendees with many opportunities to attend seminars and events at nearby organizations, institutions and well-known Chicago design firms.

There were so many interesting sessions revolving around advocacy-related projects, transformative architecture in communities of color, successful mentorship programs, and cultural expressions through architecture, just to name a few.

A few highlights for me:

– Getting to hear from Peter Cook (AIA) and Dina Griffin (FAIA, NOMA, IIDA President) on their respective work with at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Obama Presidential Center.

– Our SoCal Chapter won an award for Most Improved Chapter of the Year!

– Student Design Competition entries from over 40 schools (4 of which were from the SoCal Chapter), which was held at the Chicago Architecture Center (really cool space by the way)

-Touring the beautiful city of Chicago of course!

It was truly an incredible conference!  Next year’s conference will be held in New York! 🙂