Student Organizations

Student Organizations

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) 
The AIAS is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit and student-run organization that is more than just a club. This grassroots association is a cooperative between thousands of students in North America (of all ages and academic degrees) committed to helping each other. It provides a sense of community and a forum to share differing views. The AIAS is also a professional organization that is the official voice of architecture students.
Toward an Evoluation of Studio Culture 

MassArt AIAS Chapter
MassArt is pleased to announce that our AY12-13 AIAS Chapter Presidents Samantha Parsloe and Stephen Russell received the 2012-2013 AIAS Chapter President Honor Award. Their boundless enthusiasm and dedicated work is described in the award packet.
Award Letter
Award Packet

Studio Culture Policy: The direct link to this policy may change as students edit the host website. The policy is located under "current students" on the architecture student website

AIAS Chapter President AY13-14: Meghan Leahy, BFA 
MassArt AIAS on Facebook 

MassArt Freedom by Design Chapter

Academic Year 2013-14 will be the inaugural year of MassArt's Freedom by Design chapter.

Director: Michael Barker, BFA
Project Manager: Kyle Allen, M.Arch
Development Manager: Christina Tully, M.Arch
Historian and Public Relations: Mark Burke, BFA

Summary of Freedom by Design from the organization's website:
"Freedom by DesignTM, the AIAS community service program, 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."
Freedom by Design

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
NOMAS is an academic, professional and service organization that seeks to provide the collective voice of minority architecture students within the school by building a sense of community based on shared experiences unique to minority students. Through strong leadership, service, and networking with minority professionals, NOMAS serves as an anchor for the accomplishment of minority students.
Local chapter:

Collegiate Organization

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
ACSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. It provides a forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA member schools. The association maintains a variety of activities that influence, communicate, and record important issues. Such endeavors include scholarly meetings, workshops, publications, awards and competition programs, support for architectural research, policy development, and liaison with allied organizations.

Accreditation Board

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States. Since most US state registration boards require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture. While graduation from a NAAB-accredited program does not assure registration, the accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect. The mission of the NAAB is leadership in, and the establishment of, educational quality assurance standards to enhance the value, relevance, and effectiveness of the architectural profession.