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Student Organizations

As you and your peers journey through the design life together, we encourage you to join a student organization that will build lasting relationships while also enhancing your professional skills in design.

AGSA (Architecture Graduate Student Association) 

Focused on growing and supporting NC State’s graduate architecture student community.

Eligibility: All graduate students are eligible.
Faculty Advisor: David Hill

AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students)

A national professional organization that promotes excellence in architectural education, community growth, and professional development. We accomplish this through firm crawls, workshops, community outreach projects, and conferences.

Eligibility: Architecture students are invited to join.
Faculty Advisor: David Hill

Freedom by Design, Student Chapter of AIAS

The AIAS community service program, in partnership with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), uses the talents of architecture students to radically impact the lives of people in their community through modest design and construction solutions. The program embraces efforts to provide both design-build and engagement solutions to address 5 barriers: Physical, Education, Environmental, Socio-Economic, and Cultural. FBD encourages students to serve their communities by addressing issues with design solutions. FBD provides real-world experience through working with clients, learning from local licensed architects and contractors, and experiencing the practical impacts of architecture and design.

Eligibility: Architecture students are invited to join.
Faculty Advisor: Bryan Bell

NOMAS (Architecture Multicultural Association)

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) strives to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the professional development of its members. Our mission, rooted in a rich legacy of activism, is to empower our local chapters and membership to foster justice and equity in communities of color through outreach, community advocacy, professional development and design excellence.

Eligibility: Architecture students are invited to join.
Faculty Advisor: Rosa McDonald

SASLA (Student Association for Landscape Architects)

The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

Eligibility: Landscape architecture students are invited to join. Elections for committee leadership positions will be held later this semester for the next academic year. Further, ASLA is pleased to announce that the ASLA Membership is free for students that qualify for Student, Student Affiliate, or International Student membership!
Faculty Advisor: Travis Klondike

AIGA Student Group (American Institute of Graphic Arts)

Discuss design topics of interest with fellow student colleagues and gain access to special AIGA local/national events and programs (e.g., portfolio reviews, guest lectures, workshops, conferences), as well as cultivate a future professional network after graduation.

Eligibility: Any design student can join regardless of their major.
Faculty Advisor: Deborah Littlejohn

SIGGRAPH, Student Chapter

Local and regional chapters throughout the world help the ACM SIGGRAPH community promote excellence in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The 50 professional and student chapters organize meetings, site visits, conferences, screenings, art shows, and special events year-round.

Eligibility: Any NC State undergraduate or graduate student.
Faculty Advisor: Topher Maraffi


Art2Wear is an education event where students gain experience by coordinating and producing an annual show. Young designers are challenged to imagine, create, and inspire by expressing their point of view through wearable art.

Eligibility: All currently enrolled NC State University students are welcome to join and work with the Student Director and participate in the committees, organization, and production work of Art2Wear. This includes and is not limited to things such as Graphic Design, Motion Design, Creative Committee, and Photography.
Faculty Advisor: Katherine Greder

Design Council

The Design Council’s mission is to serve students, as students, within the College of Design at NC State. Design Council seeks to facilitate engagement, continue the building of culture and legacy, and advocate for students through inclusivity, creativity, integration, and collaboration. Design Council envisions a cohesive and passionate community in which various disciplines, organizations, and walks of life operate together, enriching the student experience at the College of Design.

Eligibility: Any Design undergraduate or graduate student is eligible to join.
Faculty Advisor: Sara Queen

IDSA (Industrial Design Student Association)

Create events, connections, and professional development for our industrial design community.

Eligibility: Open to all Industrial Design students at NC State but students outside of Industrial Design can join as well.
Faculty Advisor: Percy Hooper

MDSA (Multicultural Design Student Association)

Provide awareness of cultural diversities within the College of Design, to enhance ties to the community through participation in community service and volunteer work, to provide opportunities to engage with multicultural professionals.

Eligibility: Current NCSU students with at least a maintained 2.0 GPA.
Faculty Advisor: Tameka Whitaker

PhDSA (Ph.D. in Design Student Association)

Enhances social and academic interaction among Ph.D. in Design students at NC State. Helps students become aware of their colleagues’ research and academic interest to facilitate discussion and collaboration. Provides opportunities for sharing approaches to design research and strategies for success in the Ph.D. in Design program. Facilitates peer critique of student work and ideas, discussion and debate related to teaching design at the college level and raising awareness of design research taking place at NC State.

Eligibility: All current students of the Ph.D. in Design program are members of the organization by default with no membership fee.
Faculty Advisor: Soolyeon Cho

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The Student Publication

Incorporated into a course on design writing, editing, curating and publishing, the Student Publication connects the College community to emerging topics in design education, practice, and thinking.

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