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NYCOBA | The New York Chapter of The National Organization of Minority Architects
New York, New York, USA
The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects [NOMA] is an association comprised of architects, designers, and allied professionals involved in developing events and programming aimed at creating a more diverse and inclusive design industry. While there have been some successes garnered by minority architects + designers, a tremendous need still remains to ensure that the design of our communities and future design leaders more readily represent our multi-cultural society. As a result, our ongoing goal is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting excellence, community engagement, and the professional development of our members.

​Our group initially formed in 1970 as the New York Coalition of Black Architects [NYCOBA] and then later joined with NOMA in the fall of 1992 to become its New York Chapter. Our membership continues to grow and includes representatives from the fields of architecture, interior design, graphic design, landscape architecture, engineering, and construction throughout the metropolitan New York area.

nycobaNOMA supports the interests of professionals, educators and students engaged in the process of designing, regardless of their position in the long arc of their careers. The organization is committed to increasing the representation of minority architects in the profession by assisting interns in obtaining licensure, mentoring students and newly licensed architects and encouraging early outreach in secondary schools. nycobaNOMA supports the interests of those involved in designing from other disciplines, professions and businesses who share our commitment to advancing the value of design and our roles in it.

nycobaNOMA is a nexus for leadership and activity in the design community. We inspire, inform and educate designers – providing a forum to allow members to realize their talents and to advocate their value in design among the media, the business community, public agencies and the general public. The organization is committed to stimulating thoughtful discussions about our roles in design through conferences, competitions, exhibitions, publications and websites.
EW Howell Construction
Plainview, New York, USA
Construction, Preconstruction, Estimating, Procurement

We have always worked hard to remove the headaches and simplify the complicated construction process for our clients. That’s the value that EW Howell brings, and it runs throughout our entire organization, from estimating, all the way through to our on-site managers. For 125 years, we’ve been perfecting how we approach construction in the New York area, and that means we can do it better than anyone else.



Over the course of our 125 years, we’ve learned what it takes to survive and succeed in this industry. Flexibility is key, and that flexibility starts with how we approach our role right from the outset. EW Howell is equally comfortable operating as General Contractor or Construction Manager. The main differences are risk, and to what extent the client wishes to be involved in the day-to-day operations. From either perspective, our building process and project management deliver the same high level that our clients have come to expect, and the overarching goal is to remove the complexity for our clients, and build simply.


Founded in 1891, EW Howell is a well established General Construction and Construction Management firm. With offices in Manhattan and on Long Island, we provide construction services throughout the region to a diversity of clients including retail, education, government, cultural and healthcare organizations.

Established first as a builder of fine homes, EW Howell quickly earned a reputation among those with influence, both in Manhattan and on Long Island, constructing elegant Gold Coast estates, many of which still stand today, for clients including the Guggenheim, Pratt, and Hutton families.

As the decades passed, EW Howell continued to grow and evolve with the changing times to become an integral part of the commercial construction industry, and now stands as one of the most prominent construction firms in New York.

Central to EW Howell’s longstanding success is our dedication to every stage of the construction process. From initial planning to ribbon cutting, we maintain a constant flow of communication so that ideas are shared, challenges are surmounted and fresh concepts are born.

Biomimicry Institute
Missoula, Montana, USA
Sustainability, Biomimicry
The Biomimicry Institute empowers people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet.

The Biomimicry Institute was founded in 2006 by Janine Benyus and Bryony Schwan to share nature’s design lessons with the people who design and make our world. We began by working directly with educators from K-12, university, and non-formal (museums, zoos, aquariums) environments to naturalize biomimicry in the educational system, and ensure the next generation of changemakers had the tools to integrate biomimicry in their careers. Education is at our roots, and you can find lesson plans, classroom exercises, and educator training courses on our Biomimicry Education Network website.

In 2008, we launched a free, online catalog of nature’s solutions to design challenges. This award-winning website, called AskNature, has helped students and practitioners around the globe look to nature for sustainable design inspiration and advice.

As our programs evolved, we began working closely with our sister organization, the Biomimicry Guild, a for-profit consulting company also founded by Janine Benyus. In 2010 we embarked on an experiment and united with the Guild under a shared brand, Biomimicry 3.8, as a non-profit/for-profit hybrid organization. In 2014, the two entities decided to revert to the original model of dual brands in order to more effectively achieve our missions. The for-profit consultancy is now Biomimicry 3.8, while the non-profit organization is the Biomimicry Institute.

Our goal today is for biomimicry to become a natural part of the design process. We accomplish this by tackling one massive sustainability problem at a time through our Design Challenges platform, mobilizing tens of thousands of practitioners with the support of the Global Biomimicry Network to solve the challenge, and then providing those practitioners with AskNature as a tool to begin the solution process. We anticipate dozens of new biomimetic innovations will result, creating a healthier world for all.

Los Angeles, California, USA
Engineering, Architecture
Twenty-five years ago, AECOM was formed when a handful of Ashland Inc. employees shared a dream of creating an industry-leading firm dedicated to making the world a better place.

On April 6, 1990, AECOM became an independent company formed by the merger of five Ashland entities. While our official founding was in 1990, some of our predecessor firms had distinguished histories dating back more than 110 years.

Since then, more than 50 companies have joined AECOM and, in 2007, we became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACM).

During 2014, our combination with URS Corporation was a game changer for the industry, more than doubling our revenue and workforce, furthering our status as the world’s #1-ranked engineering design firm by revenue, according to Engineering News-Record magazine.

In 2015, we were recognized by Fortune magazine for the first time as a World’s Most Admired Company.

Today, listed on the Fortune 500 as one of America’s largest companies, AECOM’s talented employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — now serve clients in more than 150 countries around the world.

We are a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. We are a leader in all of the key markets that we serve — including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government — and provide a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of our clients’ projects.
Suzanne Tick
New York, New York, USA
Products, Materials, Brand Strategy, Interior Design, Textile Design
Suzanne Tick is the founder of Suzanne Tick Inc. specializing in materials, brand strategy and design development for commercial and residential interiors. She is known for her intelligent and enthusiastic approach to design in evolving markets, as well as her conviction to provide innovative solutions.

Suzanne has maintained a distinguished career as a textile designer, studio principal and consultant in New York City. She is currently a Design Consultant for Tarkett and Tandus Centiva on brand strategy and product development, she serves as Creative Director at LUUM and design partner with Skyline Design.

In addition to her work in the industry, Suzanne maintains a hand weaving practice and creates woven sculptures from repurposed materials harking back to her childhood where she was raised working at the family scrap metal yard. Her work has been exhibited in MoMA, Cooper Hewitt, MAD and Art Basel, as well as collected by private and corporate clients. Suzanne’s TedXNavesink Talk: “Weaving Trash into Treasure” presents her unique and personal approach to hand weaving.

As Creative Director at LUUM, Suzanne is developing a new textile business model, developing textiles for seating and vertical applications with a nod towards sustainability and well-being. Suzanne’s latest work for LUUM, The Tactility Collection, won the 2018 NeoCon Best of Year Silver award. The collection also won a Metropolis Likes award.

In 2017, Suzanne debuted Transcend™, her third glass collection with Skyline Design, where she has been a design partner since 2008. Other award-winning work includes Transcend™ by Suzanne Tick for Skyline Design which won 2 Neocon Gold Awards for Architectural Glass and Wall Treatments.

In 2013, Suzanne was honored with the IIDA Titan Award, given in recognition of significant contributions to the Interior Design profession.

Her passions include a scholarly study and practice of Vedic meditation with Thom Knoles and The Soft Road, travel, gardening, cooking and being a mom to her beautiful adult son, Gabe and two cats Cupid and Psyche. Tick Studio maintains a daily afternoon meditation practice together.
Grand Island, New York, USA
Architecture, Engineering
What We Do

CannonDesign is an integrated global design firm that unites a dynamic team of architects, engineers, industry experts and builders driven by a singular goal — to help solve our clients’ and society’s greatest challenges.

Our defining strength is our ability to harness creative intelligence — both ours and our clients — to develop solutions informed by a prism of perspectives, experiences, technologies and cultures. Our firm is purposely built to foster this high-level of multidisciplinary thinking, allowing our teams to assess situations from all angles and identify opportunities to improve rather than conform. This synergistic method allows us to identify and connect the best ideas across industries and geographies.

We blend our diversity of expertise with empirical and ethnographic research, immersing ourselves in our clients’ worlds to understand their needs in their context. This “in the field” approach enables us to understand how each client defines value and how it can be translated into opportunities everyone can get behind.

Together, this fusion of intelligence and research allows us to not only generate new ideas, but understand how best to apply them. It allows us to develop solutions that meet performance expectations, adapt to change, and position our clients for success. It makes us not only designers, but partners in health, pioneers in education, innovators in workplace strategy, preservers of culture, and creators of a better tomorrow.

Adamson Associates
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Adamson Associates Architects is a full-service Architectural Practice located in Toronto, Canada, with offices in New York [AAI Architects, P.C.]; Los Angeles [Adamson Associates, Inc.]; and London, England [Adamson Associates (International) Limited].

Established in 1934, Adamson Associates is noted for its long tradition of design excellence and technical expertise. Our firm has developed a diverse portfolio of projects in Canada, the United States and around the world, encompassing projects in a wide range of sectors including commercial; cultural; hotel and residential; institutional; large-scale, mixed-use development sites; retail and entertainment; and airports and transportation centres.

In the 1980s, we diversified to undertake work as Executive Architect on large-scale developments in the United States, the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia. As Executive Architect/Architect of Record, we work with the Design Architect through all stages of project development with the goal of developing, enhancing and delivering the vision that they and the Client have established. We have had the privilege of collaborating with some of the world’s most acclaimed Design Architects on such prestigious projects as the World Financial Center in New York and Kuala Lumpur City Centre in Malaysia. Currently, we are working on several large-scale developments with multiple design architects such as the World Trade Center Redevelopment in New York and Canary Wharf in London, England.

Adamson Associates has won numerous prestigious design awards and recognitions, and has succeeded in winning several international design competitions.

Under the progressive leadership of our ten principals, we continue to upgrade our design, project management and technical expertise to maintain a competitive advantage within the dynamic architectural field and an expanding, global economy.

Glen Raven, North Carolina, USA
Product, Fabrics
Design + Performance

Sunbrella is founded on the belief that fabrics should be both beautiful and functional. We began in the 1960s with the challenge of creating an awning canvas with a substantially longer lifespan than cotton. Sunbrella has become widely adopted for shade structures, marine canvas and upholstery fabric for both outdoor and indoor applications.

Our textiles are made with close attention to design detail, and engineered with robust performance characteristics that provide resistance to fading and degradation from sunlight and chemical exposure. The fabric is tactile yet durable, has industry-leading environmental characteristics, is easy to care for and offers long life – wherever it’s used.

Each yard of Sunbrella performance fabric is a product of a global support team committed to producing only the most exceptional performance textiles you can buy.


Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured in facilities around the globe. Our main manufacturing location is a one million square foot facility in South Carolina, USA. This Anderson, South Carolina plant features a completely vertical ISO 9001 and 14001 certified manufacturing operation, R&D center and testing lab. This facility established the blueprint for our plants in Lille, France and Suzhou, China, manufacturing locations that enable us to best serve our customers in those regions. Sunbrella is always manufactured to the same standards and is delivered when you need it, anywhere in the world.

Research and Development

Our R&D department is continually pushing the envelope for what is possible with Sunbrella textiles. R&D spearheads our efforts to continually improve and refine the durability characteristics of Sunbrella fabrics. R&D also develops solutions for new textile designs, constructions and applications to fit needs in the marketplace for superior performance textiles.


The Sunbrella design team operates in the United States and Europe. This group of experienced textile designers brings diverse industry experience and is actively involved in stock line design, collaborative collections and custom line development. Sunbrella designers travel extensively to gather trend intelligence, design analysis and color forecasts – knowledge they share with our manufacturing partners to bring to market the latest in home décor, shade innovation and marine styling.

Customer Service

When you have a question about our fabric, Sunbrella is here to help with a friendly group of customer service professionals. This responsive team has the experience to answer all of your questions quickly.

Technical Services

Our technical services department can answer any questions about the technical aspects of Sunbrella fabric. If a cleaning or warranty issue should arise, the technical services team will evaluate the situation and offer a solution.

Sales Force

Sunbrella fabric’s global sales representatives are experts in their field and have a broad knowledge of products and the specific requirements of manufacturing, distribution and design firms.

BXP | Boston Properties
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Real Estate Investment Trust, REIT

Boston Properties, a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT), is one of the largest owners, managers and developers of Class A office properties in the United States, with a significant presence in five markets: Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. The Company was founded in 1970 by Mortimer B. Zuckerman and Edward H. Linde in Boston, where it maintains its headquarters. Boston Properties became a public company in June 1997 and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BXP.”

Boston Properties is a fully integrated real estate investment trust that develops, redevelops, acquires, manages, operates and owns a diverse portfolio of primarily Class A office space totaling approximately 48.4 million square feet and consisting of 164 office properties (including six properties under construction/redevelopment), five retail properties, five residential properties (including three properties under construction) and one hotel. Boston Properties is well-known for its in-house building management expertise and responsiveness to tenants’ needs. The Company holds a superior track record in developing premium Central Business District (CBD) office buildings, suburban office centers and build-to-suit projects for the U.S. government and a diverse array of creditworthy tenants.

What is a REIT?

A REIT is a company that owns, and in most cases, operates income-producing real estate such as apartments, shopping centers, offices, hotels and warehouses. Some REITs also engage in financing real estate. The shares of many REITs are freely traded, usually on a major stock exchange.

To qualify as a REIT, a company must distribute at least 90 percent of its taxable income to its shareholders annually. A company that qualifies as a REIT is permitted to deduct dividends paid to its shareholders from its corporate taxable income. As a result, most REITs distribute at least 100 percent of their taxable income to their shareholders and therefore owe no federal corporate tax. Taxes are paid by shareholders on the dividends received and any capital gains. Most states honor this federal treatment and also do not require REITs to pay state income tax. Like other businesses, but unlike partnerships, a REIT cannot pass any tax losses through to its investors.
Tsao & McKown
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design
Welcome to Tsao & McKown, an eclectic group of accomplished individuals who share an avid preoccupation with the state of the built environment. Since 1985, over the course of a broad range of projects, we’ve arrived at a series of different responses to the same question: What is architecture today? If not an art object or a personality cult, then what are the possibilities?

We have built our practice on a distinctive way of thinking rather than a trademark style. Mindful of the shortcomings of many architectural “interventions,” we approach a project as the occasion to put global experience in the service of local cultures and contexts. Technology meets traditional methods of fabrication. The design of each unique project informs the next, building a knowledge base that helps free us from conventional understandings.

Advocate, provocateur, broker, shaman-our role may vary, depending on the situation. Our inspiration resides not in the grandiose and the monumental but in larger existential questions, and in focused observations of the sensual, the tactile, the unexpected: our favorite streets in our favorite cities, a stairway we remember, a room glimpsed in passing, seen through an open door. The spatial becomes a means to the spiritual.

Urban plans, private homes, office complexes, museums, interiors, furniture, bathtubs, table settings, lipstick. The big and the small are to us equally compelling.

Our backgrounds, our interests, and our idiosyncrasies converge in our life in the studio. Together, we seem to have shed the capacity to distinguish between what’s serious and what’s fun. The serious business of architecture is fun in our experience. The fun stuff, like our annual “Pie Day,” we take seriously.

New York, New York, USA
Construction, Development
Core Values

Be honest, fair and ethical in all aspects of our business.

Treat each other with respect and dignity. Our people are our real assets. Provide a good stimulating and flexible work environment. Care about them and their families and help them. Pay them fairly and adequately. Give them the individual opportunity to further their career and to share in the success of the company, based on merit.

Work hard and play hard. This is perhaps the toughest of industries; still… we must try to keep it fun! Appreciate every day the opportunity that our clients are giving us, to entrust us with some of their most important and highly visible projects. Be worthy of that trust. Always remember that a reputation is a fragile thing and work very hard every day to maintain it – if necessary and appropriate, commit financial resources for that purpose. Develop enthusiastically satisfied customers all of the time. Always strive to build the job to the highest standards in the most cost effective manner consistent with the interest of the owner. However, keep in mind that our subcontractors and vendors must have the opportunity to make a fair profit.

Recognize that profit and growth are the means to make all of the other values and objectives possible. However, while growth is necessary for the advancement of individual careers, it must be carefully balanced so that our core values are preserved. The balance between growth, profit and customer service will be our single most important challenge.

These Core Values will never change regardless of market conditions or other external factors.

Mission Statement

Safety must be first among all other job site requirements.

Sciame intends to maintain its stature as the premier New York builder by applying the highest standards of excellence to every aspect of the construction process. Working together as a team, we will put together the best construction program anyone has ever seen.

We will use our construction expertise and reputation to secure profitable projects to ensure that our core values are protected.

We will always look for good available people. We will hire them based on ability, desire and fit. We will expect them to perform.

We will maintain the speed and agility of a small enterprise as we grow.

We will approach the unique challenges of each construction project with a “We Can Do Anything” attitude and cause this attitude to become contagious. Don’t follow others – “Thou shalt not kill a good idea.” We will be the only one who can do what we do.

Certain of these principles may be subject to change and should be periodically revisited.

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Architecture, Urban Landscape, Public Realm
MVRDV pursues a fascination for radical, investigative spatial research focusing on the urban landscape, the public realm, and the influence of architecture on the everyday lives of its inhabitants and users. Our research-based approach drives spatial innovation in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape design, with a strong focus on the social and environmental integration and impacts of buildings. Research into contextual and site constraints and socio-cultural, economic and environmental issues is processed, tested, evaluated and optimized against the conditions and demands of the brief, and the desires of a client. Each design derives from in-depth analytical research, whilst also challenging existing thinking and seeking optimized and exciting design solutions.

MVRDV’s rational design process, refined across more than 600 projects to date, is shaped by explorations of the statistical spatial data, relating to contexts and constraints, which surrounds the contemporary design process. By understanding and strategically tapping into this data, we create highly informed and specific solutions which not only answer to today’s and tomorrow’s needs, but enable us to simulate future scenarios which in turn question our current perspective, values and behaviour. The fruits of this methodical approach range from product designs to architectural interventions and software programs focused on architectural solutions, participatory planning and large scale urban visions.

Prototyping involves the exploration of multiple design options through extensive design testing to use and upgrade known typological and archetypal solutions. Design is the result of this rigorous iterative process, which allows the highest quality design to emerge through continuous discussion and assessment. MVRDV uses diagrams, visualisations, physical models and numerous other mediums to interrogate the design, the site, the brief, and the client’s wishes.

Our design process, for all scales of project ranging from objects to urban development visions, is deeply collaborative: we operate as a network of specialists in intense cooperation with the client. MVRDV collaborates extensively within the studio through flexible working groups, and externally with numerous advisors and experts, spanning every discipline from sociologists to programmers, engineers and artists. This strong collaborative model strengthens the dialectic environment in which projects evolve, and is the fundamental basis for excellent design results.

Ross Barney Architects
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Design to make the world a better place

We believe that happiness and well-being are intrinsically linked to the quality of our environment.

Our studio is dedicated to making extraordinary spaces, no matter the scope or scale, through inventive and integrated design. The built space we inhabit has a profound impact on individual lives and our shared environment.

By approaching each assignment holistically we discover unique, environmentally responsible, and memorable solutions.

Our work is iconic and transformative.

Our Story

Ross Barney Architects is an architecture and urban design studio committed to designing distinctive solutions for every project that we undertake. Established in 1981 by Carol Ross Barney, the firm enjoys long and successful history of creating innovative, environmentally responsible, user focused architecture and civic spaces that stand the test of time. Chicago, Illinois is our home base and laboratory.

From our inception, the studio has operated under the belief that the experience of exceptional space is a right that all society should enjoy. The firms’ diverse portfolio of work lends proof to the idea that great design solutions can be developed for any problem. At the heart of this success is a collaborative and holistic design process that actively engages the client and users of a project in order to discover a diverse range of possible solutions. The best design happens when these synergetic interactions and open exchange of ideas are allowed to flourish.

Research has always fueled our design process. We search for enhanced understanding of programmatic needs. We are continually exploring new materials and system applications to improve the performance of our buildings. We allow the building to grow out of its place, its technology, and its social and functional needs.

This combination of a collaborative process, material exploration, and dedication to excellence allows Ross Barney Architects to provide lasting contributions to the built environment, positioning the studio to continue making the world a better place.