Our student organizations enrich the college experience at Howard University.
Each organization works with an architecture faculty advisor to collaborate jointly as mentors to make the college experience more fulfilling. Each architecture student group hosts a variety of activities throughout the academic year. Of note is a major annual site visit to Fallingwater, an "architectural masterwork" and "one of the most unique houses in the world", designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family in 1937 in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is charged to organize architecture students to combine their efforts to advance the science and art of architecture, promote excellence in architectural education, internships and practice, and to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines among all persons. The high point of the annual major AIAS activity is at the FORUM where students from throughout the country meet to exchange ideas and to elect national officers. These officers present the concerns of architecture students to the Boards of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
The Howard University Chapter of NOMAS was founded in 1992 to specifically address the concerns of African American and other minority architecture students in the academic arena and as they transition to the professional world. A major event for the organization is participation in the NOMA National Conference, held annually during the first week in October, where students have the opportunity to meet other students and professionals from throughout the country. A major conference event is the student design competition in which students submit design studio projects for review by professionals.
The Howard University chapter of Tau Sigma Delta was founded on December 1, 1970 as the Alpha Beta Chapter. This National Honor Society recognizes scholarly achievements of students dedicated to architecture and the allied arts. Students who have a minimum of a 3.2 GPA at the end of their sophomore year and/or community service/civic responsibility and leadership may be invited to become members of this society. The induction ceremony for Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society members takes place in the Fall semester. A major activity of the society is in the organization and promotion of community service as civic responsibility and participation in community-based charettes.
Alpha Rho Chi (APX) is the national fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. The Hemiunu Chapter was established at Howard University on March 9, 2013. It is one of 32 active chapters and 25 alumni associations divided into eight regions across the United States.
Please contact your faculty advisor for more information.