B.Arch. Receives NOMAS Diversity Award

Zachary Calbo-Jackson
Zachary Calbo-Jackson (B.Arch. '19). William Staffeld / AAP
NOMAS meeting
Members of NOMAS along with their faculty advisor, Arthur Ovaska (far right) meet to discuss their competition entry. William Staffeld / AAP
Zachary Calbo-Jackson (B.Arch. '19). William Staffeld / AAP Members of NOMAS along with their faculty advisor, Arthur Ovaska (far right) meet to discuss their competition entry. William Staffeld / AAP
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May 9, 2016

Zachary Calbo-Jackson (B.Arch. '19) was recently awarded the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects' (NYCOBA/NOMA) Diversity in the School of Architecture Award. The award was presented to Calbo-Jackson while he was attending the NYCOBA/NOMA Young Designers Conference held at Pratt in New York City in April.

Calbo-Jackson along with Luciana Ruiz (B.Arch. '19) are the copresidents of the Cornell chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architect Students (NOMAS). NOMAS is the student division of NOMA, an organization whose goals are to champion diversity within the design profession, and foster communication and fellowship among minority architects.

NOMAS's activities center around local and regional networking events — including the regional NYCOBA conference — providing a forum for discussion of professional concerns, and participation in a design competition that is part of the annual NOMA national conference.

"This year's competition, The Renaissance of Leimert Park Village, in L.A. focuses on proposing a museum," says Calbo-Jackson. "It's really fortuitous — Luciana and I just worked on a museum program in a fall studio, so we have some immediately relevant experience. We are really looking forward to moving the entry forward."

The NOMAS team will travel to Los Angeles for the competition in October.

By Rebecca Bowes