ince its inception in 2000, the NOMA Student Design Competition has aimed to foster creativity and innovation among aspiring architects. Each year, participants are challenged to address real-world architectural problems through a lens of equity, sustainability, and social responsibility. By integrating principles of design justice, emerging architects are empowered to create spaces that prioritize inclusivity and address systemic inequalities within the built environment.

In 2013, the annual NOMA Student Design Competition was renamed in honor of Barabara G.  Laurie, AIA, a lifelong friend, supporter, professor, mentor, and active member within the NOMA family. An accomplished architect in her own right, Barbara dedicated her life to the education and mentorship of young students as a professor of architecture at Howard University.

The 2024 Barbara G. Laurie NOMA Student Design Competition is "The Highway to Healing”, a transit-oriented development (TOD) master plan that will be the epicenter of transportation, development, and engagement in Harlem Park, Midtown-Edmonson, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Project teams must propose a design for a new transit hub that addresses the needs and desires of the immediate community, provides an efficient and effective solution to the addition of the Red Line through the I-40 corridor, and supports future inclusive and responsive development. Now is the time to exchange ideas as designers; to rebuild and heal the scars that have been left from decades of neglect and economic inequity. A successful proposal will approach this project holistically, acknowledging the past and celebrating a bright and inclusive future.

Special thanks to the Baltimore City Department of Planning for providing resources for site analysis for our students.

To Access the Competition Brief, log on to NOMA Connect or contact your University Liaison. (See FAQs below)





Late Fees 

after 08/11/24

Student Member



Student Member Speaker



Student Non-Member



First Place Winners 2023 Cornell University - Reclaiming Albina's Legacy: Carving as a catalyst for healing

Second Place 2023: Auburn University - Nexus

Third Place 2023: University of Southern California - Growing Forward: Planting Generational Roots

Over 40+ Schools Competed in 2023 - Past Participating schools include:

Auburn University
California Baptist University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California Polytechnic University Pomona
College of the Canyons
Cornell University
East Los Angeles College
El Camino College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Kent State University
Lawrence Technological University
Morgan State University
North Dakota State University
Oklahoma State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Santa Monica College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Southern California Institute of Architecture
Syracuse University
The Pennsylvania State University
Tulane University
Tuskegee University
UC Berkeley
University of British Columbia
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Cincinnati
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Maryland
University of Oklahoma
University of Southern California
University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Woodbury University


Please download this document for the student registration process

It is the chapter’s responsibility to ensure that their funding is in place to ensure they pay on time and can register by the deadline, or provide proof that their payment is being processed to NOMA will not facilitate late or back-end registrations once the conference is sold out. Chapters should start inquiring with their university NOW if they plan to request funding. Chapters should also consider creative ways to fundraise, such as seeking sponsorships from local firms, reaching out to their local professional NOMA chapter, or hosting events on their campus.
All NOMAS chapters are required to have a bank account with the name of the chapter on the account. If the chapter receives any payment from NOMA (i.e. they win first place in the student design competition), a payment will be issued based on the information provided in the chapter report. Accounts should not be in the name of an individual student. If you do not have a bank account, you can enter the information for the mailed check option, with the goal of establishing a bank account in the chapter's name as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can work with your local professional NOMA chapter to manage your funds from their account with prior permission from the NOMA chapter.
Yes, registration is transferable to another student that attends the same university if the chapter is paying for bulk memberships. Individual registrations are non-transferable.
There are no refunds.
If your university’s travel policy requires a faculty member to attend the conference as a chaperone, the faculty member will be included in the allotment of Reserved Tickets for the chapter. The faculty member must pay for conference registration at the eligible rate (i.e. Professional, Emerging Professional, etc.). Faculty members not required to register for the conference will not be included in the allotment of Reserved Tickets.
New chapters or students that attend a university without a NOMAS chapter must e-mail their university liaison based on their region to request a promo code. Chapters that fall into this category will receive 2 Reserved Spots.

If you have additional questions, e-mail or reach out to your regional University Liaison.




OCTOBER 23-27, 2024

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

700 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21202





Over 50 sessions of premiere seminars, workshops & premiere keynotes present opportunities for CEUs, discussion, and education on relevant topics and projects across three days. Dynamic and engaging keynotes present on emerging trends and topics in the AEC fields.




Over 10 sessions of premiere seminars, workshops & premiere keynotes present opportunities for CEUs, discussion, and education on relevant topics and projects across three days.