Student Organizations

Architecture students on a class trip at Fallingwater, a historic landmark in Mill Run, Pennsylvania
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.

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

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).

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)

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)

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.

News

Professor Bradford Grant Named First Smithsonian Instagram Artist-in-Residence

Fri, July 24, 2020

Architecture Professor Bradford Grant has been named the first Instagram artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The National Portrait Gallery “seeks to collaborate with artists both within and outside the Smithsonian to create dynamic public outreach, engage diverse national and international audiences, and explore the infinite richness and complexity of American history through the art of portraiture and biography to advance the Smithsonian’s fundamental mission to increase and diffuse knowledge”. Read More >>

Howard Architecture Partners on Smart Habitat Research Funded by $15M NASA Grant

Tue, May 12, 2020

The Howard University Department of Architecture faculty and students are part of a seven-university team funded by a $15 million NASA grant. The grant establishes the Habitats Optimized for Missions of Exploration (HOME) Space Technology Research Institute for Deep Space Habitat Design, one of two space technology research institutes selected by NASA in 2019. Read More >>

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