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Practice : Winter 2010
NEWSWORTHY ] NOMAS TEAM GRID NOMAS Team GRID NOMAS students prepare new initiatives after successful national design competition. Team GRID, consisting of ten members from the student group BAC NOMAS, recently competed against twelve architec- ture schools in the annual National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Student Design Competition, and received Honorable Mention. e competition required that the mock architectural rm design a single-family dwelling for a family who immigrated to St. Louis Missouri from Bogota, Columbia. e project requirements allowed students to consider themes of cultural identity, universal design, and a ordability. e designs for this competition were partially derived from ideas developed during a NOMA sketch problem conducted in the spring semester. Team GRID members were able to present their competition submission in St. Louis at the annual NOMA confer- ence, with the generous support of BAC's Alumni Association and the Diversity department. BAC NOMAS is now preparing for a number of new initiatives including participating in the planning for the NOMA Conference which will be held in Boston, October -- , . " is going to be an excellent year for BAC NOMAS. Our membership is growing, we are building on the successes of , and we are looking for ward to collaborating with members of the architectural community, within and outside the BAC, to create opportunities for learning, professional growth and commu- nity service," said alia Lewis, BAC NOMAS president. BAC NOMAS' list of initiatives include design forums to spur collaboration with students from other area colleges with spatial design programs, a lectureship that features minority women in architecture, the annual BAC NOMAS model building workshop, and the Community Ser vice Day that is planned in tandem with the annual NOMA Conference. NOMAS Community Service Day is scheduled in the days prior to the conference. Design professionals and students collaborate in order to provide design assistance to an under-resourced community program. In order to bring the service day to fruition, BAC NOMAS members are collaborating with BosNOMA, the planning committee charged with this year's conference. Team GRID members also eagerly await the details of the competition so they can began planning and fundraising for this year's entry. e group has learned valuable lessons from the trials and tribulations encount- ered during last year's competition and campus programming, while building from the momentum of 's grand successes. Team GRID and BAC NOMAS are poised to have a tremendous year, creating a lasting impact on the NOMA organization, and more intimately the BAC campus, as well as the rms and communities in which they live and learn. BAC NOMAS is led by alia Lewis, President, Whitney Maehara, Vice President; Rene Robinson, Secretary; and Chris McIntosh, Treasurer. Active Team GRID members were BAC NOMAS students Brien Baker, Tom Conley, Fijoy Fisiy, Pierre Lamboni, alia Lewis, Whitney Maehara, Ellie Miri, Toa Rivera, Rene Robinson and Eric Rohler. Image (above): NOMAS Team GRID Competition Submission 14 PRACTICE