In Solidarity and Action

As I type these words, helicopters buzz low over my Washington, D.C. neighborhood, and massive crowds stream through the streets in protest of the injustices perpetrated against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so, so many in the Black community over the last 400+ years. Injustices both outrageously specific and overwhelmingly systemic, and we grieve them.

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Virginia NOMA and the Project Pipeline

Virginia NOMA (VANOMA) is on the verge of becoming the newest chapter of NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects). The organization was formed in 1971 and supports minority Architects, architecture interns and students providing education, training, mentoring and resources. Student chapters (NOMAS) exist on most university campuses with an architecture curriculum.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

An Open Memo to My Colleagues in the Community of Architecture

A cellular company once popularized the commercial phrase, “can you hear me, now?” For years, there has been a credible, audible but unheard plea from the depths of the soul of a segment of the American family that there is an injustice that has been perpetual and persistent. America has not listened because it only impacted a small number of our family members. Occasionally there was an uprising, when tensions from the injustice rose to a boil, but they were quickly squashed.

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Turning Inspiration into Climate Action

On March 4, VMDO’s Sustainability Working Group sat brainstorming ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We had the momentum of the Fridays for Future Movement, the AIA had dedicated itself to climate issues through “the Big Move,” Democratic presidential candidates were debating who could be the most transformative on climate action, and a sea change was happening in the Virginia State Legislature – the clean energy transition that had seemed almost impossible a year ago was being set in motion by the House of Delegates. It was (and still is) an amazing time to celebrate the birth of the environmental movement.

Then COVID-19 happened, and life as we knew it completely changed.

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The Case for Public Space: Green Spaces & Wellness

cycling child in public green spaces.
Image courtesy VMDO. © Prakesh Patel

Public spaces are easy to take for granted. They are always there. Backdrops for our social outings, phone conversations, dog walks, and commutes. As our daily footprint narrows under “stay at home” measures, we must reconsider our relationship with public spaces – those parks, trails, and green spaces – that provide incredible health benefits, at a time when one could argue that we need them the most

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