College of Architecture and Design

Student Clubs & Organizations

There are a number of student organizations at the College. The groups sponsor academic forums such as lectures or short courses, raise money, attend national conferences, and best of all, join together to host the annual fall ball. A warm up to the 2008 AcREDitaton BALL is shown at right.

These organizations provide mentorship, organize academic and social activities, and offer  support services that fulfill the unique needs of our architecture students and enhance the experiences of the broader NJIT community.


NJSOA proudly supports the Domitian Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi (APX) the national co-ed professional-social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. Founded in 1914, the fraternity is based on the principle of encouraging leadership, fellowship, networking, and the furtherance of all the professional arts.

Established at NJIT in 2001, the Domitian Chapter boasts a diverse membership made up of students with a consistently high record of academic achievement in disciplines including architecture, design, engineering, and construction management. The local Chapter organizes student support for COAD and fulfillment activities for members, including portfolio reviews, museum trips, community outreach, and professional development. It also works to provide support and mentorship to incoming freshman. Each year, APX confers the Alpha Rho Chi Award to a graduating Bachelor of Architecture student “who has demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership and service within the School of Architecture community.”


The American Institute of Architects – Students (AIAS) is an independent, 501c3 non-profit, student run organization. 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 pre-professional organization that is the official voice of architecture students.

The mission of the AIAS is:


The Architecture and Design Student Union (ADSU) is a student organization established to serve as the primary student council at the College of Architecture and Design. The ADSU works to maximize the commingling amongst architectural, interior, industrial and digital design and fine arts students through various activities. These activities include student-run lectures and tutorials, supply and breakfast sales and school-wide galas.

The ADSU’s Executive Board is comprised of students participating in all academic fields of the College of Architecture and Design. Our broad team allows us to provide services and address concerns deemed necessary by the entire student body, for the entire student body.


The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is a pre-professional group of undergraduate and graduate students who are part of a national network of NOMAS chapters. We are the student group associated with the professional group, of a similar name, NOMA.

The NOMAS membership is dedicated to encouraging awareness about the past, present, and future role of minorities in the architecture community. We do this by sponsoring student workshops, by participating in local and national conferences, by speaking at career fairs for local schools, and through our involvement with NJIT’s Graduate Student Association.

In the past two years the NJIT chapter has been the largest student contingent among the student chapters, and has drawn favorable attention from the NOMA leadership, resulting in the appointment of fifth year COAD student Gregory Bassiely, to the national board. The NJIT NOMAS chapter plays an active role within the school. We have hosted lectures with prestigious architects such as Phil Freelon and the late J. Max Bond. We have held various workshops for computer programs such as Photoshop, SketchUp, and Revit as well as portfolio and resume workshops.

We are also making large strides towards having NOMAS known throughout the entire campus. In Spring 2009, NOMAS was awarded “The Outstanding Diversity Program of the Year” and “The Innovative Group of the Year” during the NJIT Highlander Student Awards Ceremony for our Black History Month Exhibition. We have also contributed to the profession by having helped establish the New Jersey chapter of NOMA.


ACM SIGGRAPH is a global non-profit, volunteer organization providing year-round programs for the computer graphics community. The student chapter at COAD is comprised primarily of digital design students who meet four times a year to view video or multimedia computer graphics presentations, hear lectures, provide tutorials, or for panel or discussion groups on such topics as SIGGRAPH animated shorts introduced at the annual SIGGRAPH conference.

The chapter works to form an esprit du corps among digital design students, to foster a digital community, and promote cross disciplinary interaction throughout the School of Art + Design.  Chapter membership also confers special SIGGRAPH benefits such as discounts on conferences, publications, and videos.


ASID is a community of people driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change people's lives. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people's lives.

Founded in 1975, the American Society of Interior Designers is the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers

ASID Industry Partners include more than 2,700 member firms with some 7,500 individual representatives, uniting the professional designer with manufacturers of design-related products and services.

The student chapter of ASID in the College of Architecture and Design is led by a group of dedicated students, Anita Graham, Jessica Uhlik, Tristan Pashalian, and Gerardy Cabrera. The faculty advisor is Linda Laucirica.


IIDA, with respect for past accomplishments of Interior Design leaders, strives to create a strong niche for the most talented and visionary Interior Design professionals, to elevate the profession to the level it warrants, and to lead the way for the next generation of Interior Design innovators. The Association provides a forum to demonstrate design professionals’ impact on the health, safety, well being and virtual soul of the public, balancing passion for good design and strategy for best business practices. IIDA stands at the intersection of passion and strategy where designers create extraordinary interiors and experiences.

IIDA is a professional networking and educational Association of 13,000 Members in 10 specialty practice forums and 29 Chapters around the world.

The president of the CoAD student chapter of IIDA is Anita Graham. The faculty advisor is David Brothers.

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