2020 SEED Awards


Based on common foundations and a shared vision, NOMA, NAACP, and the SEED Network announce Awards for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) in design, architecture, and land development. Seven projects have been selected through a competitive and by a distinguished jury. Each winning project will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will present their work at the NOMA National Virtual Conference on October 17, 2020.


Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Envision Comanche, Tulsa, OK

7933 Tree Lane, Madison, WI

The Weatherization Kit Project, Pittsburgh, PA

Biblioteca Caminanza, Portland, OR

The Chicago Mobile Makerspace, Chicago, IL

Pathways to Equity: West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Oakland, CA

Award Jury

Carl Anthony, Architect, author and urban / suburban / regional design strategist

Kim Dowdell AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, 2019-2020 National President of NOMA

Maya Henderson, Sustainability Professional

Christopher Lee, AIA, Architect, Mark Cavagneo Associates

Tiffany Mayhew, NOMA

Marquis Miller, Chief Diversity Officer, City of Chicago, Office of the Mayor

Jacqui Patterson, Senior Director of Environmental and Climate Justice at the NAACP

Paloma Pavel, President of Earth House Center

Laura Shipman, Director of Community Development and Planning, One Treasure Island

Jimmie Tucker FAIA NOMA LEED AP, Managing Principal, Self + Tucker Architects

Barbara Brown Wilson, Associate Professor, Author, University of Virginia

Awards Committee

Mandy Lee, NAACP

Tiffany Mayhew, NOMA

Brad Guy, SEED

Bryan Bell, SEED

Sponsoring Organizations

About Design Corps

Design Corps’ programs, including the SEED Network, the SEED Evaluator, and the Public Interest Design Institute, bring the skills sets of design and planning to empower communities. Design Corps creates positive change in traditionally underserved communities by using design, advocacy, and education to help them shape their environment and address their social, economic, and environmental challenges. Design Corps was founded in 1991 with a mission to create positive change in traditionally underserved communities by using design, advocacy, and education to help them shape their environment and address their social, economic, and environmental challenges. Our mission is realized when people are involved in the decisions that shape their lives.

About the SEED Network

Established in 2005, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network provides a common standard to guide, evaluate and measure the social, economic, and environmental impact of design. SEED is premised on the belief that design can play a vital role in the most critical issues that face communities and individuals, in crisis and in every day challenges. To accomplish this, the SEED process guides professionals to work alongside locals who know their community and its needs. This practice of “trusting the local” is increasingly recognized as a highly effective way to sustain the health and longevity of a place or a community as it develops.

About the National Organization of Minority Architects

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members. NOMA is committed to creating a pipeline to the architecture profession to a more diverse spectrum of students and cultivate a more inclusive profession that reflects the communities served by design: all communities. As architects, we acknowledge that our professional duty is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and as NOMA members, we seek to fulfill this duty by ensuring that we help to facilitate diverse teams that can optimally address the needs of increasingly more diverse communities. Our signature annual event is our national conference that attracts students and professionals from nearly every corner of the building industry to converge, exchange ideas, network and support one another professionally to create a better build environment for everyone.

About the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low-income communities. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program supports community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. With the launch of the Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector (CESBS) Initiative, the NAACP seeks to universalize access to safe, affordable, healthy, energy-efficient, regenerative, and resilient buildings for all people.

Award Archives