Join us in wishing VANOMA's founding President, Kenneth Martin, a fond farewell! Ken and his wife, Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, are returning to North Carolina for Maria to take on a new and exciting role as Director of Board Operations Ad Policy for the State Department of Public Instruction. As a supportive and loving husband, Ken could not let Maria miss this amazing opportunity in NC, where she formerly served as deputy superintendent. Ken looks forward to continue practicing architecture with his firm, The OBSIDIAN Group, and reconnecting with NCNOMA, where he served as Chapter President from 2016 - 2019.
Learn more about Ken from his recent Spotlight presentation on May 26th, 2022:
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Our love of architecture aligns us, our commitment to service defines us. KENNETH MARTIN
Celebrating Kenneth Martin
Kenneth Martin, AIA, NOMAC, NOMAF, NCARB, NAAB, is an architect and the founding principal of The OBSIDIAN Group, since 1991. His firm, once having four offices along the eastern US, concentrates on school projects, higher education projects, religious facilities and pharmaceutical projects.
Kenneth received his architecture degree from the City College of New York, attended Georgia Institute of Technology in pursuit of a Master of City Planning degree and received a Bachelors in Business Administration degree from Furman University / Nazareth College. He is a former southern regional vice president (1998) and national president of NOMA (2002), was a state president of NCNOMA (2016 - 2019), which received the national award for Most Improved Chapter, and is the founding president of VANOMA (2020 - 2022).
Kenneth is an emeritus member of the AIA and served on the national Diversity and Inclusion Council. He is also a former Town Councilman of Holly Springs, NC and has served as Vice President of Nu Lambda, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. chapter in Petersburg, Virginia.
As of April 2022, Kenneth officially passed the presidential baton onto our fellow board member, Joel Mieses. Our chapter thanks Kenneth for all the great work, service, and leadership that he has provided VANOMA since 2020, and wishes him well on all his future endeavors in the profession.
Projects by The OBSIDIAN Group, Owner Kenneth Martin