Monday, December 28, 2009

The Art of Choosing: A Word of Advice, and Caution, for Architecture School Applicants

Design schools vary more than schools in other professions. In most law schools, contracts are taught the same way; anatomy teaching varies little from medical schools in one region to another; and accounting is taught according to nationally established guidelines.

But at professional design schools, while digital rendering may be taught similarly throughout the United States and Canada, structures courses emphasize different factors in San Francisco and Florida. Water penetration has different meanings in New Orleans and Minneapolis. Schools with engineering affiliations are distinct from schools with interior design or urban planning affiliations; and urban schools generally address community planning differently than rural schools. Then there are differences in personnel, geography, funding sources, histories, leadership, and student bodies.

(Complete article here)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Benjamin Vargas, FAIA, Selected as 2010 Recipient of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

WASHINGTON, DC.- The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have selected Benjamin Vargas, FAIA, as the 2010 recipient of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, given to an architect or architecturally oriented organization exemplifying the profession’s responsibility toward current social issues. Vargas, whose efforts to instill the value of diversity and inclusiveness into the AIA at a national, Institute-wide level, will be presented with the award at the 2010 AIA national convention in Miami.

Complete story here

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


lecturesHAA is dedicated to creating a broader creative discourse through open and collaborative dialogue. The program includes lectures and discussions throughout the year that will consider important contemporary design issues associated with the urban environment.

The initial program for 2009 will be “Challenging Detroit: (Re)generating Urbanism.” This program will provide an important platform for consideration of innovative, multidisciplinary strategies designed to help the city not only create reinvestment and redevelopment, but also begin to regenerate the social, economic and environmental attributes that define it. Now, more than ever, we need to come together to understand how we can effectively participate in the thoughtful, creative regeneration of Detroit.

EVENT 04: Lecture
part 3
Craig Wilkens, Architect

Dr. Craig L. Wilkins has worked nationally and internationally as a designer, project architect, and urban designer. He currently serves as the director of the Detroit Community Design Center at the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Dr. Wilkins has written and lectured widely on a variety of topics, from hip hop architecture to the prospects of globalization on African spaces. Dr. Wilkins’s work has culminated in his most recent publication, “The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on race, space, architecture and music” which has been recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious 2008 Montaigne Medal for Best New Writing.

December 15, 2009 @ 6pm
Johanson Charles Gallery
1345 Division
Eastern Market, Detroit


Friday, December 4, 2009

The Gensler African-American Internship and Scholarship

The Gensler African-American Internship and Scholarship
celebrates our firm's commitment to diversity through mentorship
and empowerment of the best emerging design talent. Top
African-American students of NAAB-accredited architecture
programs will be selected for a summer internship and academic
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2010.
For application materials, please visit
or email .

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Detroit: Urban Laboratory and the New American Frontier

"The troubles of Detroit are well-publicized. Its economy is in free fall, people are streaming for the exits, it has the worst racial polarization and city-suburb divide in America, its government is feckless and corrupt (though I should hasten to add that new Mayor Bing seems like a basically good guy and we ought to give him a chance), and its civic boosters, even ones that are extremely knowledgeable, refuse to acknowledge the depth of the problems, instead ginning up stats and anecdotes to prove all is not so bad."

Full Article here

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Landscape Architect Walter Hood to lecture at U of D Mercy

Friday November 13, 2009
Walter Hood, Hood Design, Oakland, California "Urban Landscapes + Provocations"
NOMA Reception @ 5:00 @ Genevieve Fisk Lerenger Architecture Center


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

AIA CEU at LTU Oct 23, 24 2009

LTU is offering AIA CEU WEEKEND COURSE - OCTOBER 23 and 24, 2009 - 15 Learning Units available, 10 of them are HSW/SD.

Registration form

Friday, October 9, 2009

"Wood: the More Sustainable Structural System"

On Tuesday, October 27th, Lawrence Technological University, The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers and the Detroit Regional Chapter of the US Green Building Council will host an evening forum with panelists Peter Moonen and Marianne Berube of WoodWORKS. Also David Moses of Equilibrium Consulting will be focusing on the recent remodeling of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Presentation: “Wood: the More Sustainable Structural System”

When: Tuesday, October 27th from 5 to 6 pm for food and registration and 6 to 8 for presentation and Q&A.

Admission: Free for all Lawrence Technological University Students; $5 for other students and USGBC members; $10 for general public (cash only payable at the door).

Proceeds are going to the Detroit Regional Chapter of USGBC

RSVP to Elana Shelef or (248)228-3190

Reserve early due to limited seating

Monday, October 5, 2009

Architects who eat their young.

Offering inexperienced and desperate young architects jobs working for free or less than minimum wage is plain immoral, unfair, and typically illegal. This blog will aim to end this practice by exposing the firms that unfairly treat their employees.

Architects who eat their young.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Taubman College Hosts 30 Design Experts in Future of Design Conference

University of Michigan's Taubman College is hosting the Future of Design conference, Oct. 9 & 10, 2009. Thirty designers, critics and provocative thinkers will come together to brainstorm about how design is evolving across various disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, interactive, industrial, and interior design. The presentations are free and open to the public.

Future of Design

Monday, September 7, 2009

IDP Six-Month Rule

Six-Month Rule

The Six-Month Rule requires interns to submit their training units in reporting periods of no longer than six months and within two months of completion of each reporting period.

Implementation Timeline

1 July 2009 – The Six-Month Rule went into effect for interns who began an NCARB Record on or after this date.

1 July 2010 – The Six-Month Rule goes into effect for all interns on this date.

Although six months is the maximum amount of time allowed, interns may—and are encouraged to—report more frequently. Extensions are also available for the birth or adoption of a child, serious medical conditions, and active military service.

Once interns have submitted their training units by entering them into their Record online, those units are protected from the Six-Month Rule reporting requirements while any loose ends are tied up. Interns will not be affected by any delay caused by their supervisor or NCARB. However, submitted training units can be lost if they are deemed invalid by their supervisor, or if they are not earned in accordance with the rules of the IDP.

The Six-Month Rule only applies to interns. It does not apply to registered architects who must document past experience for NCARB certification.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Paul Revere Williams

David Adjaye Interview

GSA Offers Dedicated Resources to National Organization of Minority Architects

In 2003, GSA signed a Partnering Charter with the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) as a significant step toward helping ensure that minority architects are provided opportunities, insight, and collaboration regarding the GSA Public Building Service.

Full Article here

The RFP Database

I found this site that offers free access to Request for Proposals from across the country. The services is free but works on a credit system. You have to post an RFP to be able to retrieve and RFP.

The RFP Database

Thursday, September 3, 2009

paid in full

paid in full - with their clients caught in the credit vise, architects learn the fine art of bill collection.

Source: residential architect Magazine
Publication date: July 1, 2009

By cheryl weber, leed ap

Full article here

Friday, August 28, 2009

Using Your Diversity To Your Advantage

author Kenneth Roldan describes five common missteps that most minorities fall victim for when trying to set themselves apart that I thought were pretty interesting…


IMPACT: Creating New Ideas To Bridge The Gaps
St. Louis Chapter
Millennium Hotel in Downtown
Saint Louis, MO 63101
October 8th - October 10th, 2009


The conference theme, IMPACT: “Creating New Ideas To Bridge The Gaps”, respects the core aspirations of the original 12 founders of NOMA, who in, 1971 ambitiously set a course for expanding the academic and professional horizons for a more diverse pool of students and professionals to be successful now and in the future.

The conference is an opportunity to reach design professionals that include architecture, engineering, planning, landscape design, contracting and building, urban design, interior design, building operations and maintenance, green or sustainable design and downtown revitalization and economic development officials.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Free ARE Study Materials Available!!!

The AIA Detroit Emerging Professionals Committee has purchased the Kaplan study books and Q&A books for each of the 7 sections of the Architectural Registration Exam. Kaplan also donated to the EPC all the graphic vignette books and flashcards.

This full set of Kaplan ARE Study materials are available for you to use, free of charge. They are housed at the Lawrence Technological University library in Southfield, MI.

Although you can not remove the materials from the library, you can use them as an in-house reference material by leaving your driver's license or id with Staff at the Reference Desk.

Additionally, the EPC has heard that University of Michigan has purchased the Kaplan study guides and they are available at the North Campus Architectural Library in Ann Arbor.

Friday, July 24, 2009

David Adjaye: Downfall of the showman

They called him the 'starchitect' – the brilliant young designer with a host of celebrity clients. Now his practice is fighting insolvency

By Cahal Milmo

Full Article here

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tarchitects llc working with youths in Altlanta, GA

Tariq Abdullah, NOMA Principal at Tarchitects llc. is doing some great things in Atlanta.
House of World Peace

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Diversity in Design

Philadelphia Charter High School for Architecture and Design.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hip Hop Meets Architecture

Kenneth Crutcher is mentioned in the article "Hip Hop Meets Architecture in the Work of U-M Detroit Design Center Prof" By: Dennis Archambault. The article is about the recent book by Dr. Craig Wilkins, "The Aesthetics of Equity," published last year by the University of Minnesota Press.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Architectural Record on Diversity in Design

Architectural Record has published a series on Diversity in Design in their May 2009 issue.

(View Article here).

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Smithsonian Exhibits Six Architectural Models in Design Competition for New Museum

Six visions of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture will be on display from 2 p.m. Friday, March 27, through Friday, April 3, in the Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle). After opening March 27, the exhibition will be on display from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The exhibition features design concepts, photographs and architectural models submitted by the six firms invited to participate in a two-month design competition.

Full Story here

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Chicago Architects Search For Foundation

In Chicago, a city known for breathtaking architecture, some design firms have had to lay people off and alter their business. With construction of residential and commercial buildings down, architects are looking for different things to do.

NPR Audio Story

Thursday, February 19, 2009

J. Max Bond Jr., Architect, Dies at 73

New York Times Article

Passing of J. Max Bond Jr. FAIA




It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of J. Max Bond Jr. FAIA NOMA.
Mr. Bond was one of the founders of NYCOBA-NOMA in 1970 and had been involved with the organization since that time. Mr. Bond was a mentor and friend to many in NYCOBA-NOMA.
His accomplished projects located in Harlem, New York, Atlanta Georgia, and as far reaching as Africa have earned Mr. Bond accolades in the design community and amongst his peers.
In the 15 years I have gotten to know Mr. Bond he has been an inspiration. His focus on design and design relating to the Black community was an inspiration to the many members past and present of NYCOBA-NOMA.
As we gather more details, we will post information to our General Membership.

Yours truly,
Andrew E. Thompson AIA NYCOBA-NOMA
President NYCOBA-NOMA 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Inauguration

Congratulations President Barack Obama.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2008 - USDA/1890 National Scholars Program applications are now being accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the 2009 academic school year. Applications from high school seniors must be postmarked no later than Feb.1, 2009, and mailed to the USDA Liaison Office at the institution of the applicant's choice.

More information here