Spaces of Resistance: NOMAS Roundtable

October 27 @ 6pm PST

See the Woodbury NOMAS chapter and Woodbury School of Architecture virtual panel discussion as part of the Year of Climate Justice with Demar Matthews, Menna Agha, Teddy Cruz, and Khan Muhammad, moderated by Sean Joyner.



Spaces of Resistance Panel

Demar Matthews
Demar Matthews is a Los Angeles based architectural designer, theorist, and creative. Demar is the founder and Principal of OffTop Design. Born in Moreno Valley, CA Demar received his Bachelor’s from HBCU Lincoln University of PA, and his Master’s of architecture at Woodbury University where he was awarded the Graduate Thesis Prize for his project Black Architecture: Unearthing the Black Aesthetic.

Menna Agha
Menna Agha is a Nubian Architect and researcher. And was a visiting assistant professor and a spatial justice fellow at the University of Oregon. Menna holds a doctorate in architecture, a master’s in design and a bachelors in architectural engineering. She is a third-generation displaced Fadidcha Nubian, and her research interests include the questions of gender, space, territory, and displacement.

Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz is a professor of Public Culture and Urbanism in the UCSD Department of Visual Arts, and principal of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, a research-based civic and architectural practice in San Diego. He is known for his urban research of the Tijuana/San Diego border, advancing border neighborhoods as sites of cultural production to rethink urban policy, affordable housing, and public space.

Khan Muhammad 

Khan Muhammad is a born-and-raised Angeleno and is an undergraduate fourth year at Woodbury. Khan teamed up with his fellow peers to reestablish the NOMAS of WU Chapter in his freshman year at Woodbury University. Khan co-authored the 2020 Statement from WSoA Students that pushed the school to implement anti-Racist policies and initiatives. Khan has been a design intern at Gangi Architects, LA Bureau of Engineering Architectural Division, and Architecture for Education.

Moderator: Sean Joyner
Sean is an architect-trained writer and editor at Archinect, as well as an adjunct faculty member and special projects coordinator at Woodbury. His articles and essays utilize themes from history, philosophy, and psychology to explore lessons for students and professionals within the fields of architecture and design. Sean’s work prior to Archinect focused primarily on k-12 and higher education projects in Southern California.




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. The National Organization of Minority Architects has been organized to foster communications and fellowship among minority architects, forming a federation of existing and proposed local minority architectural groups to fight discrimination and other selection policies being used by public and private sector clients to unfairly restrict minority architects’ participation in design and construction. The work to act as a clearing house for information and maintain a roster on practitioners, promoting the design and development of living, working, and recreational environments of the highest quality.

Visit www.noma.net for more information.

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