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VANOMA Family + Friends,


As we approach the midpoint of the year, I wanted to provide a second quarter update and share some exciting developments and plans for the months ahead. To start off the year, we kicked off trivia nights throughout the state to engage with the architecture community and provide updates on VANOMA initiatives. These events serve as a fun and informative way to connect with our peers and share information about our ongoing projects and programs.

We continue to focus on supporting our members' professional growth through programs like our ARE Series and our newly formed Professional Development Committee. This committee chaired by VANOMA Board Member Kim Smith, was established earlier this year, with a representative from each region in the state. This committee is tasked with organizing professional development programming that will benefit our members across Virginia. We are also thrilled to announce that three of our members are actively participating in AIA Virginia's Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program and we are eager to see them take on leadership roles in the future.

Our partnerships with other NOMA chapters and industry organizations have also strengthened, enabling us to collaborate on initiatives such as our Passing the Torch series. I'm delighted to share that recordings of the Passing the Torch series are now available online, allowing our members to access valuable insights and discussions at their convenience.

Additionally, we recently hosted a Spotlight series featuring April Drake of AIA NOVA during Women’s History Month, highlighting the contributions of women in architecture and leadership roles.

Furthermore, I had the pleasure of attending Architecture Barbie with my two daughters, an event hosted by students in NOMAS at Hampton University. It was a joyous occasion that provided young black girls with an introduction to the world of architecture. Events like these highlight the importance of our student chapters and their dedication to inspiring the next generation of architects.

I want to extend heartfelt congratulations to all our students in NOMAS Chapters who are graduating this year from James Madison University, Hampton University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia. Your hard work and dedication have paid off, and we are proud of your accomplishments.

Hampton University Architecture Students with Dr Taylor.

Alonzo Colon, Virginia Tech

Jaudun Wilson, Virginia Tech

Looking ahead, we are still in need of volunteers for the upcoming Project Pipeline Summer Camp, and registration is open, so please spread the word and encourage anyone interested to sign up.

Project Pipeline Summer Camp at Brightpoint Community College

Upcoming Events

-          VANOMA Trivia Night hosted by MG2 | Tysons, VA - May 16

-          Passing the Torch Series (AAPI Month) - May 28

-          AIA Conference | Washington DC - June 5-8

-          Deign RVA | Richmond Virginia - June 8

-          ARE Series - Project Management (PjM) - June 11

-          Professional Development Committee Event - June 27

-          Project Pipeline Summer Camp - July 8-12

-          NOMA Conference | Baltimore - October 23-27(Registration is now open)

As we continue to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the year, I want to express my gratitude to everyone for your dedication and commitment to VANOMA. Thank you for your ongoing support and participation.


Warm regards,


Ian Vaughan, AIA, NOMA

VANOMA President


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