Joel Pominville is Executive Director of AIA New Orleans and the New Orleans Architecture Foundation (NOAF), the organization focused on enhancing public appreciation of architecture and design as vital community assets that enrich the quality of life in New Orleans. In this role, Joel is responsible for organizational support of Board initiatives, programs and activities related to their respective missions.
Joel brings a wide array of experience and innovation within the organizational structure of architectural education, practice and regulation. His past positions include National Vice President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Student Director on the Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), AIAS Representative on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Internship Advisory Committee, AIAS Liaison on the AIA National Associates Committee and Student Team Member on two Substantial Equivalency visits for the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in Bahrain and Cyprus.
A designer, leader and advocate, Joel places community and people at the core of his work. Throughout his study at Clemson University School of Architecture and College of Business and Behavioral Science, his practice in the field of architecture and his multiple roles within organizational leadership, Joel has developed sensitivity to the importance of the designer’s role in their communities. Over the last six years, he has been instrumental in the local and national development of Freedom by Design, AIAS’ community design+build program.