On Thursday, August 23rd, KTGY LA hosted the August General Body Meeting for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Southern California Chapter.  There were many professionals from various companies and firms in the LA area such as ZGF, Cuningham Group, Partner Energy, IBI Group, Perkins and Will, and Stantec (to name a few), in addition to students from some of the local NOMAS student chapters such as USC.

Janiece Williams gave an introductory presentation of KTGY, some of our notable projects, and highlighted her experience with the Lawrence Station project.

The guest speaker for the evening was Rochelle Mills, President and CEO of Innovative Housing Opportunities. She is responsible for IHO’s housing development, new project and program initiatives, business development relations, and oversees legislative, advocacy and policy interest as well as stakeholder relations.

She gave a very detailed presentation on Affordable Housing and Development, breaking the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding subsidized housing, and increasing opportunities for architecture firms to become more involved in projects like these.

The meeting concluded with a recap of the SoCal NOMA 9th Annual Architecture and Engineering Summer Camp and exploring the idea of continuing mentorship through a job shadowing program.

Overall, it was a great turnout between both KTGY-LA and SoCal NOMA, and we are looking forward to future events and collaborations.