Black Spectacles, an online education program providing architects with resources on their path to becoming licensed and advancing their careers, is proud to announce a contract with the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), offering free licensing study resources to its paid members.

Black Spectacles will provide NCARB-approved test prep software subscriptions for all six divisions of the ARE® 5.0 exam to NOMA’s paid members beginning February 1, 2021. Availability of these comprehensive and contemporary educational online learning tools come as NOMA rolls out several initiatives to further equity for people of color in the architecture community.

The year 2021 marks NOMA’s 50th anniversary, culminating in a celebration of achievement and equity. To commemorate its golden anniversary, NOMA has launched the 50 by 50 Challenge, in which the association intends to acknowledge 50 newly licensed NOMA architects at its licensure pinning ceremony in October 2021. Additionally, the 2030 Diversity Challenge, created in partnership with NOMA and the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Large Firm Roundtable, strives to double the number of Black architects in the United States by 2030. In the interim, NOMA’s goal is to reach 5,000 Black architects in the Directory of African American Architects by 2021.

The availability of Black Spectacles’ educational resources hopes to help further the educational advancement of NOMA members and increase their likelihood of success on both the licensure exams and beyond. “These study resources are available to all of NOMA's paid members, regardless of racial or ethnic background,” said Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, Former President of NOMA. “We are all in this together and need to support one another through the licensure process. We encourage our licensure candidates to form study groups and help one another while tapping into the resources that NOMA has to offer, both formally and informally, via mentorship.”

Marc Teer, FAIA, CEO & Founder of Black Spectacles, was recently awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago 2020 Distinguished Service Award for his efforts to provide free resources through ARE Live to promote licensure. This new contract with NOMA furthers the company’s efforts to ensure accessible online educational tools for licensure in the industry.

“Since I founded Black Spectacles over 10 years ago, my goal was to democratize the learning process and remove barriers to career expansion while helping architects thrive throughout their careers,” said Teer. “The recent partnership with NOMA ensures our mission helps advance the career path of minority architects over the next decade. We recognize the importance of equity within the architecture industry and want to do our part in fostering an inclusive future.”  

NOMA members will have the opportunity to learn more about how to register and utilize Black Spectacles’ platform during a webinar, scheduled on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To register, please visit here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/535834209385177355