SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina

Hosted by Beyond the Built Environment, NCNOMA, and AIA North Carolina


SAY IT LOUD - NC is the Largest SIL Exhibition to Date!

The SAY IT LOUD - NC team set out planning with a goal - to make this exhibition the largest in SAY IT LOUD history. We know there are many stories to tell from the minority architects around the State, and if we had the chance to share them, we wanted to do it LOUDLY. We are excited to announce that we have currently TRIPLED the largest SAY IT LOUD exhibition to date, with over 140 submissions!

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We are seeking tax-deductible financial support from architecture and building-industry firms across North Carolina who support efforts of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Your support will allow us to make sure this effort is shared far and wide, and that these types of collaborative efforts to build diversity in our profession continue in perpetuity.

Your sponsorship supports the virtual exhibition, the physical exhibition, subsidizing entries and the sustained effort of SAY IT LOUD NC. Marketing graphics will be provided for premiere, gold and silver sponsors. All sponsors will receive a SAY IT LOUD swag bag and there are opportunities for presenting sponsorships. Please reach out to for more information.

An Internationally-Recognized Effort and Exhibition

North Carolina’s Chapters of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NCNOMA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIANC) are pleased to bring the internationally-recognized exhibition, SAY IT LOUD by Beyond the Built Environment, to North Carolina in 2021! SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina will elevate the contributions of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and women designers, architects, engineers and planners through a two-part virtual and physical exhibit with a program series.

Sharing North Carolina Stories

The SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina exhibition will be in two parts, starting with a virtual exhibit in May 2021, followed by a physical exhibit in 2022. Both will feature projects by the diverse design professionals in our state, as well as quotes and video interviews on their experiences in the architecture and design professions. The concept of this exhibit is "To see our faces, hear our voices, feel our impact within the colorful tapestry of our heritage." SAY IT LOUD is the activation of a national movement of sharing, protecting and celebrating the journey of the underrepresented to inspire the next generation.

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina will engage diverse audiences through programming organized at the time of exhibition to elevate the identities and contributions of minority architects and designers with curated lectures, and documentaries that testify to the provided value of their built work and its spatial impact. To date, SAY IT LOUD exhibitions have been viewed by an estimated total 36,000 visitors since January 2017. From inception, multiple online publications (such as Curbed and The Architects Newspaper) with large subscription bases have helped promote the exhibitions further expanding its impact. Featured firms have expressed an increase in business which they attributed to the exhibition and reporting on SAY IT LOUD.


  • February 1 Call for Submissions Opens
  • March 31   Call for Submissions Closes
  • May 11        Virtual Exhibit Opens with First Accompanying Program
  • June - July   Programming Continues
  • 2022           Physical Exhibit Opens with Accompanying Programming


On behalf of North Carolina’s Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NCNOMA) and American Institute of Architects North Carolina (AIANC), it is our pleasure to invite you to showcase your work through SAY IT LOUD - NC virtual exhibition in spring of 2021.

We appreciate the support of our community across the State dedicated to SAY IT LOUD as we share these stories. If you are interested in being involved we would love to speak to you!

Contact Us

All questions can be sent and specific questions can be directed to:

  • Partnership - Cassandra Pierre and Megan Bowles
  • Sponsorship - Joel Pominville and Zakiya Wiggins
  • Social Media and Advertising - Marques Moore and Maggie Whittemore
  • Educational Programming - Melanie Reddrick and Vershae Hite

The Online Exhibit Can be Found Here

Sponsorship Information Can be Found Here

Sponsorship Levels Linked Here

The Full Information Packet can be Downloaded Here

Information Packet Linked Here

Image credits


Images from Beyond the Built Environment