Banneker Ventures announced today that Omar A. Karim, the Company’s President, received the Developer of the Year Award by the National Organization of Minority Architects, Washington, DC Chapter. The Award was presented to Mr. Karim at the 4th Annual Lankford + Giles + Vaughn Minority Architect Awards held at a Ceremony at the American Institutes of Architecture’s National Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Past recipients of the Developer of the Year have included Joe Carrol (Vice President of Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group), Adrian Washington (Principal and Founder of The Neighborhood Development Compnay) and Jair Lynch (President of Jair Lynch Development Partners). Awards were also given to Professor of the Year, Architect of the Year, Student Architect of the Year and Community Involvement Award Recipient of the Year.
The National Organization of Minority Architects was started in 1971 by twelve African-American architects from different parts of the United States, during the AIA National Convention in Detroit, Michigan.
During his remarks at the Ceremony, Mr. Karim stated that he was ‘thankful that there are organizations in the industry such as NOMA who help to expand opportunities for minority architects and others.’ He also remarked that ‘this award could not be possible if not for Banneker’s staff, who works day in and day out to serve our clients’.