This past Saturday (February 25th), Epstein’s project architect, Emilio Padilla, AIA, was a guest presenter at a Chicagoland National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) event called Project Pipeline. This professional development session for local NOMAS members, a chapter called I-NOMA, featured architects like Emilio helping prepare the next generation of designers in their interactions with professional design firms.
This particular I-NOMA/NOMAS Project Pipeline session, which besides Epstein’s involvement also featured representatives from Gensler, HOK, AECOM, CannonDesign, SmithGroupJJR, & USG, dealt with the ‘Do’s and don’ts’ of identifying potential employers, writing an eye-catching resume, and participating in mock interviews with local design firms. In addition, each attendee also had a professional headshot taken to use on their job search.
As part of this mentoring session, and before serving as a guest interviewer, Emilio also gave a brief presentation on Epstein identifying the wide variety of services our firm offers as well as the diversity of the markets/industries our firm serves.
For those of you not familiar with NOMAS or I-NOMA here is a brief overview:
The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is dedicated to racial and cultural pluralism in the architecture profession. NOMAS is an academic, professional, and service organization that seeks to provide the collective voice of minority architecture students within the school by building a sense of community based on shared experiences unique to minority students. Through strong leadership, service, and networking with minority professionals, NOMAS serves as an anchor for the accomplishments of minority students.
I-NOMA is a local chapter and subdivision of NOMA, which encompasses a community of design professionals committed to impacting our city through design and education. We are a non-profit organization built on the love and dedication of volunteers and members who work to minimize the effect of discrimination within our profession and strengthen the awareness and career opportunities for minorities within the field of architecture.