Project Pipeline


Project Pipeline provides an opportunity to educate African American youth about the process and impact of architectural design.  The program is designed and taught by local African American architects. Each camp location will create an architectural design project which fosters greater connection with the local community. The camps provide multi generational mentorship as the programs combine NOMA professional and student members to provide the instructors for the camps. The intensive two day weekend camp program introduces the students to site investigation, principles of design, scaled drawings, model making, critical thinking skills and presentation skills. The program idea was born in 2005 at the National Organization of Minorities Architects (NOMA) Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The first camp was held in 2006.

Project Pipeline is starting to erode one of the biggest issues for African American students not entering the architecture profession, which is not having an early exposure to the field of architectural design.  Currently African American architects make up only 1.5% of all licensed architects.  The camps are designed to teach the basics of architectural design, inclusive of mapping, site investigation, sketching, scaled drawings, model making, sustainability and presentation skills. At the completion of the camp each youth will have a stronger understanding of how to be engaged and active in the positive changes of the built environment in their communities as well a greater understanding of what architects’ skills and roles are.  The ultimate goal is to have the students go on to college as architecture majors and increase the number of African American licensed architects.

Date(s) of Camp: Saturdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25
Location of Camp: Temple University Architecture Building, Phila PA
Project for the students: Green Dream House (Sustainable House for a “Green” Character such as Kermit the Frog, the Hulk, etc; students will create their own program based on their character) Main Contact for the camp: Karen Anderson, Camp Director
Website for registration:
Sponsors: Temple University Tyler School of Art, Wallace Roberts & Todd, WTMR 800 AM

NOMA Louisiana
Date(s) of Camp: July 26-29, 2012
Location of Camp: Tulane University
Project for the students: Community Rebuild
Main Contact for the camp: Bryan Lee
Website for registration: 
Sponsors: Tulane University, AIA NEW Orleans, Letterman’s, aos
2012 NOMA Louisiana Camp News Article

NOMA Memphis
Date(s) of Camp: Jun 4- June 16, 2012
Location of Camp: University of Memphis Campus / Office Visit to Self + Tucker Architects
Project for the students: Bus Shelter
Main Contact for the camp: Michael Chisamore, Jimmie Tucker
Website for registration: 
Sponsors: Uinversity of Memphis, AIA Memphis, NOMA Memphis

Date(s) of Camp: August 11th, 18th, and 25th
Location of Camp: Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC)
Project for Students: “Green Dwelling” and “Take the Shake” Earthquake Resistant Structure
Main Contact: Camille Jackson (562) NOMA150
Website for Registration:
Sponsors: California Architectural Foundation (CAF), McKissack & McKissack, and Hatch Mott McDonald

Date(s) of Camp: July 13-14 & 20-21
Location of Camp: California College of the Arts
Project for the students: Renvisoning Hunterpoint Bayview public square
Main Contact for the camp: Rommel Taylor
Website for registration:
Sponsors: California College of the Arts (CCA), Stantec & California Architectural Foundation (CAF)

Illinois NOMA
Date(s) of Camp: Saturday August 18
Location of Camp: CSU Aquaponics Center, Chicago, IL
Project for the students: Raised plant beds
Main contact for camp:  Sharon Samuels (
Website for registration:
Sponsors: USG, Solquest Design Unlimited, Landers Family, Out the Box Catering, SOMA Design

Interested in starting a Project Pipeline Summer Camp in your area? Contact Prescott Reavis for additional information