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Student Organizations

The American Institute of Architecture Students

AIAS LogoThe Clemson AIAS endeavors to promote mentorship, professionalism, civic engagement and supplemental educational opportunities to the students of Clemson University School of Architecture. By actively seeking out and collaborating with complimentary organizations, both within the field of architecture and beyond, the Clemson AIAS strives to create a well-rounded citizen architect. We mentor our membership by facilitating peer-to-peer learning through our Studio Culture Initiative, by engaging our devoted architectural alumni via the Clemson Advancement Foundation for design+build and our close relationship with state and local AIA. We promote professionalism through our interaction with stakeholders in the built environment with lectures and other social events. We engage our community through Freedom by Design, a national AIAS program that provides architectural students the opportunity to address the needs of disabled individuals through design+build, and by crossing the aisle to other student groups to accomplish institutional goals beyond the reach for any single organization. We supplement our educational experience by hosting workshops and professionals in the field to further bridge the gap between academia and practice. In this manner we are a dynamic and responsive voice for our members and for the realm of architecture as a whole.

AIAS Officers, 2017-2018

President: Summer Anderson
Vice President: Josh Rowell
Co-President Elect Lori North
Co-President Elect Julie Bonenberger
Secretary Rob Helbock
Treasurer Joe Scherer
Publicity Chair Lindsey Sinisi
Graphics Chair: Abbie Probst
Membership Chair David Lee
Events Coordinator Elizabeth Soyka
Events Coordinator Hallie Simpson

For more information visit:
National AIAS web site
Clemson AIAS Facebook group

Freedom by Design

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The AIAS community service program, Freedom by Design, utilizes the talents of architecture students to radically impact the lives of people in their community through modest design and construction solutions. Vital modifications are made to enhance the homes of low-income and disabled individuals by addressing their struggles with everyday tasks such as bathing, ascending stairs and opening doors. Our priority is improving the safety, comfort and dignity of the home’s occupants.

Through numerous AIAS chapters, Freedom by Design (FBD) teaches students how to resolve accessibility issues while simultaneously providing them with the real world experience of working with a client, mentorship from a local architect and constructor, and an understanding of the practical impact of architecture and design.

Freedom by Design Officers, 2017-2018

FBD Director: Jesse Smith
FBD Project Manager: Diego Bazzani
FBD Project Manager: Aaron Autry
FBD Historian Kylie Walker
FBD Public Relations Chair: Ed Moore

Graduate Architecture Student Partnership

GASP logoThe Graduate Architecture Student Partnership (GASP) was founded by a group of students to represent the interests of graduate students studying architecture at Clemson University. We provide a voice within the School of Architecture through addressing pertinent issues with the faculty and administration. We uphold a working link to the professional world, and advocate for professional development outside the University through workshops, lectures, and a collaborative relationship with statewide AIA components. We provide opportunities within the School of Architecture for the advancement of student development, both academically and socially, through events ranging from lunchtime theory seminars to informal social events. We also strive to facilitate awareness within the greater Clemson University by promoting exhibits of student work, and annually producing a student run publication which includes both student and faculty work, as well as accounts of the happenings within the School of Architecture.

For more information visit: GASP on Facebook

GASP Officers, 2017-2018

President: Megan Girvan
Vice President: Wenz Tuttle
Treasurer: Malone Hopkins
Secretary Brittany Dechant
Outreach Lillian Jones
Social Chair Jimmy Woods

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students


The Clemson Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) strives to promote diversity, unity, and professionalism, but specifically within Clemson’s community. We seek to have an impact not only on the School of Architecture, but also throughout Clemson's campus. Clemson: NOMAS hopes to host several professional, philanthropic, and social events that seek to educate students on important subjects, connect students to experienced professionals, and bring together students of different ethnic backgrounds. We are actively seeking to work in conjunction with the other organizations in the School of Architecture as well as organizations across the campus to foster communication and fellowship between Clemson’s organizations. We engage our members by creating a close nit, family style atmosphere within the studio culture and with our close relationship with the Professional NOMA Chapter. We are seeking to become an effective source of motivation and inspiration for aspiring architecture students. Clemson: NOMAS will complement our education with 101 workshops, portfolio and résumé workshops, mock interviews, and lectures from professionals. We are also implementing a Professional Mentor Program to create future and long-lasting relationships between students and professionals. We aim to champion diversity in the design profession by promoting excellence, community engagement and professional development in our membership.

For more information visit NOMAS on Facebook as well as the National NOMA website.

NOMAS Officers, 2017-2018

Interim President RJ Wilson
President Candice Thornton
Vice President Cole Abler
Secretary Augustus Abbey
Treasurer Stan Jones
Publicity Chair Bryan Hazel
Membership Chair RJ Wilson

Women in Architecture Students


The Clemson Chapter of Women in Architecture Students was founded to support women in the design field, to inspire and advance women in leadership positions, and to create awareness of the issues women face in the design industry. Like WIA, this student organization hopes to create, support, and encourage diverse leadership in education, practice, and community; WIAS promotes gender equality and diversity across the Clemson campus and beyond. Our goal is to further facilitate discussion on the gender gap in architecture, as well as to aid in student and professional development and networking. As such, this organization strives to elevate those mis- and underrepresented in the design industry and continue to foster student solidarity and unity.

For more information visit WIAS on Facebook as well as the WIA Greenville Chapter.

WIAS Officers, 2017-2018

Interim President McKenzie Betfort
President Lauren Divinagracia
Vice President Candice Thornton
Secretary McKenzie Betfort
Treasurer Nolan Brennan
Publicity Chair Serina Valdes
Membership Chair Summer Anderson
Graduate Student Rep Chelsea Anderson

Tau Sigma Delta Honors Society


Tau Sigma Delta is an architecture honor society founded in 1913. The society recognizes high academic achievement and leadership in the design field. Students must earn a minimum B average or a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be in the upper 20% of their class. “Its prime objective is to celebrate excellence in scholarship, to stimulate mental achievement, and to award those students who attain high scholastic standing in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Allied Arts of Design by the rewards of membership in an honor society.” The students, as a part of the organization, strive to advocate excellence in architectural education and broaden services provided within Clemson University’s School of Architecture. 

Graduate Student Government

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Graduate architecture students have a voice in the Clemson Graduate School. Graduate Student Government at Clemson aims to voice graduate opinions to school administration, improve graduate health and wellness, encourage students to engage in professional enrichment activities, fund graduate student organizations, and provide events for graduate students from across the University. 

The Design-Build Institute of America

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The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is a membership organization founded in 1993 to advocate and advance single source project delivery within the design and construction community. The design-build method of project delivery embraces architecture/ engineering and construction services under a single contract, thereby re-integrating the roles of designer and constructor. DBIA members include practitioners from all project phases, plus public- and private-sector project owners.

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