Student Organizations

The School of Architecture is a diverse, respectful, and open community. Our students, staff and faculty are excellent at what they do, and our diversity contributes to this excellence.


As people who care deeply about the built environment, we recognize that diversity is an essential component of our efforts to understand culture, space, embodied experience, and human values. We see diversity in all its forms as a source of resilience, flexibility, and creativity, and are committed to actively learning from our differences. We come from many ethnic, religious and socio–economic backgrounds; we are heterosexual, gay and transgender; we include women and men of all ages and abilities.

We are proud of our history of finding strength and insight through our diversity, and actively seek new ways to bring diverse points of view and life experiences to our academic community. The School of Architecture embraces collaboration as a means to gain knowledge through the interaction of people from various backgrounds, cultures, disciplines, and belief systems. It is through these interactions that a common language is created, synergy is formed, and by which we see the efforts of individual research and thought within a larger context.

A+A SUPPLY SHOP
The student-run supply shop.
2017 - 2018 Manager: Elizabeth Dorton


American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

A national, student-run organization that diversifies architectural education. The UVA chapter provides professional, service, social, leadership, and travel opportunities. 

School advisors:  Phoebe Crisman; Betsy Roettger (career); Bill Sherman

AIAS President:  Elizabeth Dorton

Freedom by Design, School advisor:  Nancy Takahashi

Student contact: Bridget Murphy


School of Architecture Student Council

The School of Architecture Student Council aims to provide an organization for the students of the School of Architecture, as an outlet for the advancement of learning and social activities to improve student life. Representatives from each year collaborate to host a range of events, including Blood Drives, Pumpkin Charrette, Beaux Arts Ball, Art Auction and Fourth Year Pinup.

2017 - 2018 Leaders:

           President: Joshua Gritz

           Vice President: Jordan Richardson

           Treasurer: Kim Corral

           Secretary: Kelly O'Meara

           Class Council - Undergraduate:

           SARC Sibs:  Amanda Harlow and Garrett Vercoe

           SARC Wellness Initiative:  Sophie Schectman


CE+ (PhD student organization) - 

           School advisor:  Director, Nana Last

           President: Fatmah Behbehani 

           Secretary: Zhiqiu Jiang

           Treasurer: Kevan Williams and Zhe Dong


Graduate LAPH (Previously GALA)

 2017-2018 LAPH Contact: Katie McCarthy Watts

Graduate Student Council in the College

           SARC representative: Matthew Slaats


lunch

lunch is a student-run publication of faculty, student, and alumni work at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

[The term 'lunch' is an informal derivation of the word luncheon. The colloquialism of the term coupled with some 'talk of you and me' speaks to the core intention of this collection. lunch is inspired by chance; by chance discussions that grow from a meal in a shared setting and by chance discussions that alter or challenge views of the space and place we inhabit. lunch provides for the meeting of diverse voices in commonplace tended by a casual atmosphere. To lunch suggests an escape from the day's work; perhaps even a break. The works collected in previous editions of lunch mix a range of studies, conversations, drawings, statements, and stories that together aspire to reflect the student and educational experience at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.]

2017-2018

           School advisor:  Sneha Patel

           Editors:  

           Colin Gilliland

           Kirk Gordon

           Madelyn Hoagland-Hanson

           Meng Huang

           Sarah Pate

           Karl Jon Sparrman



Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)

The Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians mission is to promote scholarship in architectural history and its related fields, as well as to support the activities of the Department of Architectural History here at the University of Virginia. To this end we sponsor lectures by distinguished scholars, organize events, workshops, career forums and tours for our members. The Thomas Jefferson Chapter aims to support dialogue between faculty, students, and the community of the University of Virginia. Our Chapter Board is comprised of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from the Department of Architectural History. We encourage anyone with an interest in architectural history, historic preservation, urbanism, and issues of architecture and landscape design to participate in our activities.

           2017-2018:

           School advisor:  Sheila Crane

           President:  Andrew Marshall


Student Association of Graduate Architects (SAGA)

The purpose of SAGA is to be twofold: (1) to represent the graduate students of the School of Architecture in relations with the faculty and administration of the school; and (2) to promote and encourage activities and the dissemination of information of academic or professional interest to the field of architecture. All graduate students registered for a Master of Architecture degree as offered by the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia shall be considered active, voting members of SAGA. 

           2017-2018

          Contact: SAGAatUVA@gmail.com

          School advisor:  Bill Sherman + Jeana Ripple

          Chair:  Zazu Swistel


Student Association of Landscape Architects (SALA)d

The Student Association of Landscape Architects brings lecturers and organizes career and social events for Landscape Architecture students throughout the year. In addition to bringing outside resources into the school, SALA sponsors open studios, internship and portfolio discussions and other activities to promote interaction and learning between studios. Finally, SALA collaborates with other student organizations to identify overlapping interests and organize events to bring student groups together.          

           School advisor:  Bradley Cantrell

           Leah Grossman

           Caitlin Kelly 

           Xiaonian (Vida) Shen

           Ru Wu


Student Planners' Association (SPA)

Offering students an opportunity to interact and explore interests in Urban and Environmental Planning. 

           School advisor: Ellen Bassett

           President: Alyson Oliver

           Treasurer: Mennen Middlebrooks

           APA Representative: Elizabeth Nowak


  Class of 2018 Trustee:  

Joshua Gritz


Honor Committee

The Committee is comprised of students from each school within the University and is responsible for conducting honor trials, investigations, and educational sessions. The Architecture School elects two student representatives to serve on this committee.

SARC Honor Representatives: Kelly O'Meara; Kyle Gename

Green Grounds Group

The Green Grounds Group is committed to promoting, educating and advocating sustainable building and maintenance practices here at the University of Virginia. Projects include the Clemons Green Roof Project, Paper Reduction Project and University Sustainable Guidelines. Working in conjunction with groups like the Office of the University Architect, Facilities Management and other student organizations, we hope our efforts will champion ways the University can secure a more environmentally sustainable and healthy campus environment. 

           2017-2018:  Colleen Sloan + Suchita Chharia

           Treasurer:  Brad Jones

Student Council at the University of Virginia

The student governing body of the University of Virginia. Elections are run by the Student Council and occur at the beginning of November. The Architecture School has one student representative elected by all architecture students.

2017 - 2018 Representatives:

Ugrad Representative: Winston Tang

Student Game Developers (SGD)

The Student Game Developers (SGD) at UVA is committed to organizing students passionate about game creation, facilitating a project-based education in development, teamwork, and management, as well as connecting students interested in entering the games industry with professional networking and employment opportunities. Projects vary in team size from a handful to thirty or forty students, ranging a wide swath of technologies and skills. Student Game Developers is open to anyone regardless of skill level or prior experience and, in particular, focuses on training programmers, designers, audio engineers, 3D modelers, artists, and producers. SGD is an organization dedicated to assisting students across all schools and disciplines and we hope that partnership with the School of Architecture as well as the College of Arts and Sciences will help to bolster our membership outside the Engineering School.

SGD Vice President- Zach Danz

Judiciary Committee

The Committee aims to educate and promote the Standards of Conduct put forth by the Board of Visitors. The Architecture School elects two student representatives to serve on this committee.

Representatives:  Jordan Richardson; Jimmy Strong

EcoReps

As an official group within the School of Architecture, SARC Sustainability unites many existing class-, student-, and faculty-led efforts to further our community's sustainable initiatives in and around the School. In April 2012, the School of Architecture developed and implemented SARC Eco-Reps as the acting body of student representatives for the group. Eco-Reps work in task forces to further projects ranging from doing research on locally-sourced woods for use in the woodshop to reorganizing recycling bin locations to designing recycled paper sketchbooks.

2017 - 2018 Leaders:

           School advisor:  Phoebe Crisman

           Presidents: Ka Weng (Athena) Loi

           Co-Presidents: Valerie Rottink 

           Treasurer: Sophie Schectman

           Secretary: Victoria Glasgow


National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

The University of Virginia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is a student chapter of a professional society (NOMA– National Organization of Minority Architects) that was founded in 1971 when 12 African–American architects met at an AIA Convention in Detroit, Michigan. These architects recognized the need for an organization dedicated to “advancement of minority architects.” The purpose of NOMAS is to foster communication and fellowship among minority architecture students, to act as a clearinghouse for information on and for minority architecture students, to maintain liaisons with professionals and technicians whose work affects the physical environment, to act as a common public voice for all minority architecture students as they speak out on matters affecting their work, and the communities in which they do their work, and to promote the design and development of a living, working and recreational environment of the highest quality for all people. NOMAS is a forum for students to explore the relationship between heritage, race, religion, gender, and design. As a group, NOMAS participates in community outreach, faculty, and student recruitment, and sponsors lectures and design work which reflects the organization members’ goals as individuals and as a community. The University of Virginia Chapter of NOMAS grew out of BASA (Black Architects Student Association) and is an inclusive organization. Membership in NOMAS is open to all qualified individuals regardless of race, creed, or nationality, and includes students representing all departments in the Architecture School, including designers, planners, landscape architects, and historians.

2017-2018 

           School advisor:  Elgin Cleckley

           NOMAS President: My-Anh Nguyen

           Vice President: Juliana Vas

           Secretary: Arthur Brown

           Treasurer: Ruby Nwaebube

           Historian: Andrea Aragon

           Outreach Chair: Chantionna Willis



lunch

lunch is a student-run publication of faculty, student, and alumni work at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

[The term 'lunch' is an informal derivation of the word luncheon. The colloquialism of the term coupled with some 'talk of you and me' speaks to the core intention of this collection. lunch is inspired by chance; by chance discussions that grow from a meal in a shared setting and by chance discussions that alter or challenge views of the space and place we inhabit. lunch provides for the meeting of diverse voices in commonplace tended by a casual atmosphere. To lunch suggests an escape from the day's work; perhaps even a break. The works collected in previous editions of lunch mix a range of studies, conversations, drawings, statements, and stories that together aspire to reflect the student and educational experience at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.]

2017-2018

           School advisor:  Sneha Patel

           Editors:  

           Colin Gilliland

           Kirk Gordon

           Madelyn Hoagland-Hanson

           Meng Huang

           Sarah Pate

           Karl Jon Sparrman



Virginia Architecture Magazine

The Virginia Architecture Magazine (VAM) is a digital publication that showcases the work of undergraduate architecture students to engage communities within and beyond the School of Architecture with an understanding of our architectural design work and the creative processes underlying each project. VAM is dedicated to the budding student designers in the architecture school so that they can take pride in their work by experiencing it in published form as it reaches and speaks to a larger, invested audience. VAM will serve as a forum representing the voice of undergraduate architecture students; it will provide an opportunity for students to share their ideas more explicitly and openly. VAM will contribute to the existing dialogue among students at the university, and will further expose and engage members outside of the school with a more narrow scope of work that is not seen outside of the architecture community.

Managing Editors: Kelly O'Meara; Jimmy Strong

Editor: Karan Matta