Student Organizations

Our student organizations work jointly as mentors to make college experience fulfilling. A major activity is in organizing the annual site visit to Falling Water, Kaufmann House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at Mill Runn, Pennsylvania.

Architecture and Design Student Association (ADSA):

As the coordinating student organization in the Department of Architecture, ADSA's primary objective is to address the needs of students and promote their welfare. ADSA plans activities to encourage interaction among students, faculty, staff, alumni and the larger community. Among the events the organization sponsors are the Big Brother/Sister Mentoring Program, lectures, football games, the Miss and Mister Architecture Pageants in the Fall, and Architecture Week in the Spring.

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS):

The purpose of AIAS is 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).

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS):

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.

Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (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.

Information on our Studio Culture can be found here.


Highlights from the Fall 2016 Semester:

Tue, January, 3 2017

The Department of Architecture kicked-off the 2016-2017 academic year with a myriad of events that brought faculty, students, and alumni together. In addition to welcoming, its new chair, the Department hosted a number of activities including a lecture by Dr. Douglas Williams about David Williston, the first known black landscape architecture who was also instrumental in the early Howard campus, in July. Read More >>

Students Take Part in Liberia Architecture Challenge

Sun, May, 3 2015

Students from the Howard University School of Architecture traveled to Liberia March 6-17 as part of a design contest to build a new digital library for the African nation’s William V.S. Tubman University.Read More >>


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