Illinois Chapter of National Organization of Minority Architects

The Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects creates a platform of inclusion and growth to support all minority designers; as defined by ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation. Our programming stems from three initiatives, Project Pipeline, Minority Leadership & Professional Development and the 2018 NOMA National Conference which we are honored to host.


The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members.


Fostering communications & fellowship among women and minority architects and being an effective source of motivation and inspiration for local area youth.


Fighting discrimination and other selection policies being used by public and private sector clients to unfairly restrict women and minority architects’ participation in design and construction.


Encouraging the establishment of coalitions of member firms to form positive and effective associate and joint venture relationships that encourage quality minority participation.


Working with local, state, and national governments on issues affecting the physical development of neighborhoods and Communities.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Diversification

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals

Import and Export Assistance

  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Training

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Website Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBT Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues

Starting a Business

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
Primary Contact
Smitha Vasan
4051 S. Michigan Ave. Apt 2N
Chicago, IL 60653
(786) 326-6100