The convergence of a legacy

Each year 600+ minority architects, urban designers, community activists and design students from across the country come together in fellowship and support for the annual NOMA conference.  This year the 46th annual NOMA Conference, NOMA UNBOUNDED – The Convergence of a Legacy, will be held in Chicago, IL. at the historic Palmer House Hotel, October 17th – 20th.  With the convenient location we’re exploring a new and exciting “conference without walls” concept which will leverage 2/3 of our standard conference programs outside the confines of the hotel, and utilize nearby firms, organizations, and venues. 

 I-NOMA welcomes all of our beloved NOMA family and friends to expand, explore and enjoy our beautiful city for the 46th Annual NOMA Conference in Chicago!





We are now accepting submissions for the 2018 Professional Design Awards Program!


Built Work | Un-Built Work | Vision

Historic Preservation, Restoration & Renovation

Small Projects



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You are invited to propose to speak at the conference this year!


This years design competition calls for the development of a carbon neutral mixed-use transit oriented development to be located at the 63rd Street Metra Commuter Rail Station. The proposed facility should create a node of local services connecting the adjacent communities of Woodlawn.


NOMA/NOMAS MEMBERS—We need your help!!!  We are looking for volunteers for the upcoming NOMA Conference.    Volunteers are needed Wednesday, October 17th – Saturday, October 20th from 7:00 a.m.- 11:00 p.m. each day.  Shifts will vary in length with a maximum of five hours per shift.   To LEARN MORE, RSVP BELOW. Lastly, Volunteers who sign-up for three shifts will qualify for reduce rates, click on the volunteer tab below to learn more! Volunteer Opportunities are ONLY offered to I-NOMA and NYCOBA members.

The Palmer House an iconic Chicago hotel, in the heart of downtown will be the official hotel of the conference. Click on the image above for more info.