Carlos A. Murrieta, AIA, NOMA, LEED BD+C

President |

Co-Founder of Merge Architectural Group and recognized as Arizona’s 2016 Young Architect of the Year and 2008 Young Gun’s - Brightest Designers by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Carlos has spent over 24 years of his practice of architecture both in Mexico and USA. Carlos was born in Sonora Mexico, and spent his early childhood living in Mexico City, a place that he considers had a great impact in his later interest in the built environment, Carlos holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and additional studies and certifications in the areas of Construction Administration, Energy and Sustainability. His involvement in the community includes chairman of the Construction Specifications Institute, representative of Arizona Young Architects in Washington D.C. (2012) and several volunteer commitments with local schools and non-profit organizations. His current involvement in the practice of architecture includes projects in the areas of hospitality, education, ecclesiastical and community development.

Sophia Urbaez

Vice President |

Hometown: New Milford, New Jersey

Bio: Being a New Jersey native, as a child I was often visiting in New York City. Amazed by the incredible architecture and sustained growth of the east coast, I became interested in architecture at a very young age. Following a family move to Arizona, I was also interested in desert architecture and landscapes.

Therefore, I  graduated from the University of Arizona College of Architecture and am pursuing a career as Architect and Project manager. I am passionate about design, architecture, culture and understand the meaning of having a strong work ethic. 

My hobbies include, traveling internationally, the practice of meditation, cooking and I am very avid participant in helping women affected by domestic violence in the Phoenix Metro area. My goals are to become a Licensed Architect and Professional Project Manager and practice architecture and design internationally.

Fun Fact about me: I am a crystal and gemstone enthusiast and pursuing a passion of becoming a teacher of the practice of meditation.

Kenneth Webb

Secretary |

I was born Chicago, Illinois but have lived in Mesa, Arizona most of my life. I grew up in a close-knit immediate family. I am an identical twin, 1 of 4 boys, raised by a single mother, seeking to learn everything I do. I’m a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. I’m the second generation of my family to graduate from college. I see every life experience as an opportunity to learn, grow, and make connections. With the goal of creating opportunities for others, my life mission is to take all my experiences and create a better more inclusive world of architecture. Through architecture my goal is to create a better quality of life for all people through elevated human centered design. I want to design a better world for the people I love and humanity in general to live at peace with others and nature.

Ricardo Millhouse

Treasurer |

My approach to design and architecture is informed by my interdisciplinary research and teaching at the university-level. Broadly, my research and teaching interests include feminist and queer geographies, research methods, and intersectionality. My research focuses on the socio-economic impacts of gentrification on communities of color and sensation as a critical dimension of spatial production. That being said, my approach and commitment to design and architecture is informed by community relationships. In addition to NOMA, I am an active member in local and national community-driven and academy-facing organizations such as the Association of American Geographers, the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, and the South Central Collaborative (Phoenix).

Eduardo Robles

Parliamentarian | Historian |



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