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Thank you to CI Members for supporting UHart students at NOMA conference!

Friday, December 15, 2017  
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Construction Institute Members sponsored University of Hartford CETA students to attend the National Organization for Minority Architects in Houston in 2017.  A portion of the proceeds from our Annual Dinner and Awards event provided 3 students the opportunity to learn from attending the National Conference.  This exposure enhanced their experience as students, and provided networking opportunities to help them grow professionally.



Here are student testimonials from their experience at the conference:

This conference was an experience unlike any other experience I have ever had. As a minority that was born and raised in the inner city, I was never exposed to the best in life. Education was subpar, there were no minority role models to speak of to provide guidance to help find a better way in life. Thanks to my parents, I knew there was better and strove to achieve it. When I worked with children for 5 years I tried to be that role model for them, I just did not know how.


After attending this conference I realized I was on the right track, that I had the right ideas, and that after meeting a multitude of professionals from different backgrounds I found out how to execute on my ideas to give back to the community. It was refreshing to finally meet with people who could relate to my experiences and talk to them as an equal and not just a student. To learn and grow, not only as a student, but as a person. This is something I think students can greatly benefit from no matter what background.

-- Justin Barros, 4th year Undergraduate Student


At the NOMA Conference I learned about the multitude of diverse minority architects currently in the field that are shaping the future of Architecture.  By attending their lectures, I learned the aspects of their job and how they impact their communities.  I learned about the projects they are working on internationally and how they think when they design buildings, and exactly how much thought goes into every aspect of their designs.  I learned about the impacts of LEED building, and upcycling old buildings through renovation and restoration to give back to the communities that support each firm.


I met professionals across the country who work in their communities and internationally to design buildings that make a statement and an impact on their surroundings.  We talked to professionals who had built their NOMA branch from the ground up; starting at nothing and bringing their team up to standard with some of the best teams across the nation, winning awards to continue educating and building their reach.  We made connections with these professionals and they pointed us in the right direction for internships and future jobs, most even offering their card if we ever landed in their region.

-- Melody Iannone, 2nd year Undergraduate Student


The national NOMA conference was a wonderful experience that provided me with an environment to talk about architecture among minority professionals which is something that most other architecture conferences can’t provide me. As a minority in the architecture profession, I have never felt more comfortable among professionals because there was not a single professional that was intimidating or stand-offish. The conference was so beneficial that I have made it a goal to go to next year’s conference and present my thesis project. I highly recommend that UHart has a consistent presence at the national NOMA conference.


-- Daniel King, 2nd year Graduate Student



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