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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 complementary 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 of 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, 2019-2020

President Brianna Baldwin 
Vice President Amanda Metze 
Co-President Elect Madeline COst 
Co-President Elect Lauren Bradshaw 
Secretary Olivia Wright 
Treasurer Kelly Clark 
Publicity Chair Allysa Ware 
Graphics Chair David Rypkema 
Membership Chair Lauren Bradshaw
Events Coordinator Maddy Cost
Director Ross Mackenzie 
Project Manager Brian Moulder 
Public Relations Angie Mendoza 

For more information visit:
National AIAS website
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, 2018-2019

Co-Director Kylie Walker 
Co-Director Lucjan Rostkowski-Covington 
Project Manager Aaron Autry 
Draftsman Ed Moore 
Historian Daria Yoder 
Public Relations Ross Mackenzie 

Graduate Architecture Professional Partnership

The Graduate Architecture Professional Partnership (GAPP) was founded by a group of students to represent the interests of graduate studentsGAPP Logo 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 that includes both student and faculty work, as well as accounts of the happenings within the School of Architecture.

Find us on Instagram, Youtube, or on our Website!

GAPP Officers, 2020-2021

President Ian Kordonis
Vice President Sydney Parker
President-Elect Michael Urueta
Vice President-Elect Jesse Blevins 
Treasurer Jenn Dutt
Fundraising Chair Kat Price
Project Manager Yarely Martinez 
Social Event Chair Zach Stuermer
Graphic Design Chair Alyssa Pinkham
Professional Outreach Landon Hannah


National Organization of Minority Architecture Students

nomas logoThe 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-knit, 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 CNOMAS's Website or NOMAS on Facebook as well as the National NOMA website.

NOMAS Officers, 2019-2020

Graduate Student Advisor RJ Wilson
Co-President Michael Urueta
Co-President Manny Taylor
Vice President Nehemiah Ashford-Carroll
Secretary India Young
Treasurer Luis Guzman
Graphic Design Chair Gauge Bethea
Social Media Chair Emma Enache

Equity in Architecture

 equity in architecture logoThe Clemson Chapter of Equity in Architecture is a student organization that promotes an equitable architectural community. Equity in Architecture Students was founded to support gender equity in the design field, to inspire and advance marginalized individuals in leadership positions, and to create awareness of the issues they face in the design industry. We strive to mitigate the disparities in our practice and to maximize everyone’s potential for success in education, practice, and community. Equity in Architecture promotes gender equity and diversity across the Clemson campus and beyond. Ultimately, this organization strives to elevate those misrepresented and underrepresented in the design industry and continue to foster student solidarity and unity."

Equity in Architecture Officers, 2018-2019

President Kylie Walker 
Secretary April Simms 
Treasurer Thomas Moore 
Social Media Harrison Novak 
Events Coordinator Hannah Smith 
Membership Chair Ayla Wooten 

Tau Sigma Delta Honors Society


Tau Sigma Delta is an architecture honor society founded in 1913. Tau Sigma Delta 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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