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Cornell's Africana Center wins NOMA award

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Orlando, FL – Shepley Bulfinch and the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University received a citation in the Awards of Excellence at the annual meeting of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) on October 27. Ralph Jackson FAIA, the project’s Principal for Design, was present at the conference when the awards were announced.

Jurors called the Africana Center “spatially compelling” and called the project’s use of materials particularly powerful as a judging criterion. The Center uses brick patterns and textures to interpret African textiles. The Africana Center was one of four projects to be recognized with a citation. The NOMA Honor Award was presented to the architecture firm Hamilton Anderson of Detroit.

NOMA traces its roots to a meeting during the 1971 AIA National Convention in Detroit. The organization has become an increasingly influential voice promoting the quality and excellence of minority design professionals. Boston hosts both student and professional chapters, one of a number of US cities to do so.


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