National Organization of Minority Architecture Students


The University of Maryland chapter of NOMAS is affiliated with the national professional organization NOMA ( We are a group of students from a variety of backgrounds pursuing architecture degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, interested in contributing to the UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation by building a sense of community based on shared experiences unique to our diverse student body.


NOMAS is an academic, professional and service organization, with a primary objective to foster communication and fellowship among minority and diverse architecture students. Social events, work exhibitions, creative competitions and educational lectures are all integral to the annual NOMAS agenda.


NOMAS also serves as a clearinghouse for information on and for minority and diverse architecture students, to maintain liaisons with professionals whose work affects the physical environment, to act as a common public voice for all minority architecture students as they speak out on matters affecting their work, and the communities in which they do their work, and to promote the design and development of a living, working and recreational environment of the highest quality for all people.


NOMAS is a forum for students to explore the relationship between heritage, race, religion, gender, and design. As a group, NOMAS seeks to participate in community outreach, faculty and student recruitment, and sponsors lectures and design work which reflects the organization members' goals as individuals and as a community.


Membership in NOMAS is open to all registered architecture students, including students representing all departments within the UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. As we seek to foster an inclusive community, you do not have to be a minority to join UMD NOMAS and participate in events.