Architecture Student Organizations

AIAS—The American Institute of Architecture Students

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is the official student body organization in the School of Architecture, serving as a liaison between students and practicing professionals. AIAS provides close contact with the American Institute of Architects and its members, as well as student organizations from other universities. The AIAS represents the student body on various faculty committees, makes recommendations to the director, hosts visiting speakers, organizes various social activities, and maintains its own website.

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NOMAS—National Organization of Minority Architecture Students

The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) champions diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members.

NOMAS promotes diversity within architecture education as well as the profession, creating connections between fellow students, organizations, and professionals. The organization hosts various events that help promote high academic performance. NOMAS members participate in the NOMA national conference each year, where they meet with professionals in the field and establish connections with similar organizations around the country. Service is an important part of the organization, and students volunteer their time around both the school and the Baton Rouge community. In 2010, the LSU chapter of NOMAS was named Student Chapter of the Year at the NOMA national conference in Boston.

Advisor: Annicia Streete
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SHiP—Students for Historic Preservation

Students for Historic Preservation believes that preservation extends beyond saving one building and extends to the importance of historic and cultural landscapes as living histories. As preservationists across many disciplines, SHiP acknowledges that preserving the historic and cultural landscape requires knowledge and an awareness of the relationship between people and their histories. SHiP members take group trips to historic locations such as Poverty Point, Vicksburg National Military Park, Kisatchie National Forest, the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge, old plantations, and more. The group has hosted brown-bag lunch documentary series and sponsors campus lectures by preservationists. Each year the group supports and attends the Preservation Gala at the Governor’s Mansion. SHiP members also participate in the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) competition to measure and document an historic structure. In 2012, the group documented Fort Proctor and won first place in the Charles E. Peterson competition.

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StudioCulture is a collaborative environment not restricted to one place – the traditional idea of studio culture becomes expanded to encompass studios across all disciplines. StudioCulture offers students an opportunity to work with students from other disciplines and gain valuable insight. StudioCulture offers design-build projects which can be object based, architecturally based, landscape-based, and everything in between. Dues are $25 per semester or $40 per year. StudioCulture’s goal is to facilitate cross-collaboration throughout the College of Art & Design to help architects, designers, and artists approach projects through various scopes.