The National Organization of Minority Architects


“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” 
― R. Buckminster Fuller


Establishing Houston NOMA as a value proposition / value to all membership



  • Licensure/Certifications
    • Promoting and assisting inidividuals attain licensure/certifications and maintain those credentials with continuing education and ARE study sessions


  • Career start / development of professionals
    • Engagement of emerging professionals and established professionals through career fairs, portfolio reviews, interview preperation, mentorship, career placement opportunities and recoginition of NOMA professionals' work.


  • Work Collaboration
    • Developing and promoting partnerships, networks, and sharing knowledge of the profession with one another


  • Advocacy for Members
    • Fighting exclusion by promoting member firms to capital builders, influencing and connecting with decision makers, and endorsing candidates for open positions.


  • Community Engagement
    • Connecting with Rebuild Houston, initiating a supply drive to donate architecture supplies to students.














Terry D. Smith, AIA


current President of H-NOMA and has been active with NOMA for over 10 years. He has been the President of Smith & Company Architects for the last 17 years and has also served on the board of the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects where he chaired the Government Affairs Committee.

Wardell “Jay” Ross, AIA

Vice President

current Vice-President of H-NOMA. He is also focusing on community development opportunities for H-NOMA members and the Community Day of Service for the 2017 National Conference

Christa Stoneham


serves as the secretary for HNOMA and the volunteer coordinator for the 2017 NOMA Conference. As an urban planner with the City of Houston, Christa strives to be a catalyst for altrustic architecture and community development.

Antoine Bryant, Assoc. AIA

Treasurer & Conference Co-chair

H-NOMA's Treasurer, and is excited to serve as the 2017 NOMA Conference Co-chair. As Principal of the Bryant Design Group, he is an internationally-recognized thought leader on community development and design, urban planning, and public engagement.

Lolalisa king


Seasoned architect, Lolalisa King, gladly serves H-NOMA as Historian, and passionately shares her excitement and expertise as a 2017 NOMA Conference Co-Chair. As a servant leader and known Sustainability Strategist, Lolalisa undergirds outstanding professionals delivering successful and diverse projects.

LeCretia Jones

College Liaison

College Liaison for H-NOMA, and will serve as the Student Design Competition & Conference Involvement/ Logistics Chair for the 2017 NOMA Conference. She is a Project Coordinator at Moody Nolan, and currently testing to become a licensed architect.

Justin Taplet

High School Liaison

High School Liasion for H-NOMA, and will serve as the Signage and Media Conference Chair for the 2017 NOMA Conference. He is currently testing to gain licensure while working at Identity Architects.

jimeca sims


currently a Project Manager at Genesis Planning where she specializes in Medical Equipment planning in the Healthcare field. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Prairie View A&M University and is LEED accredited. In her free time she enjoys traveling and recently served as an Adjunct professor in Construction Management.

Felix starghill

Board Member

Currently a marketing student at Texas Southern University, Felix's professional experience includes management of the Houston market for companies such as Motorola and Webroot. He's an aspiring Architect and a future firm owner. Currently felix is the Co-chair for the Community Development Committee for H-NOMA.

Crystal Granger

Board MemberWith sincere regard, excitment and purpose, Crystal Y Granger will serve as project Lead for Tours & Transportation for the 2017 NOMA Conference. She is a proven professional serving the design community with a people centered approach to foward thinking solutions.

Vergel Gay

Board Member

As the CEO, Vergel has over 40 years of owner representation experience and has worked closely with numerous architects and contractors throughout the nation to manage over $4 billion in education, corporate and civic projects


Ben Mcmillian

Board Member

Board member of the Houston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects..






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