The School of Architecture has its own student governments which organize student activities, hold student meetings, attend faculty meetings, administer the annual Faculty Award (given by the graduating class each year to an instructor for teaching excellence). Tulane students are active in campus and national student affairs.
Architecture Student Government (ASG)
Architecture Student Government is an organization comprised and representative of the entire architecture student body, funded by the larger governing body USG. ASG's role is to organize and empower the student body of TSA in the spirit of responsibility to ourselves, the community and the public, cooperation amongst our colleagues and concern for the built environment as a whole.
ASG is involved in organizing lectures and social events such as TGIF, Beaux Arts Ball and the annual Faculty Auction. ASG's main focus of the school year however, is planning Architecture Week (http://architecture.tulane.edu/outreach/architects-week).
ASG is made up of an executive board (President, VP, Treasure, Secretary and Senator to USG) and class representatives from each year . General elections are held in the spring semester and elections for First Year Representative occur at the beginning of the fall semester.
Multicultural Arts and Architecture Collective (MAAC)
MAAC strives provide an alternate view in the fields of art, architecture, and design through an inclusive, culturally comprehensive lens. The Multicultural Arts and Architecture Collective, (MAAC), is a group of students who desire to strengthen their understanding of their own fields of study by forging a connection with other diverse and creative individuals. MAAC engages in activities and events dedicated to connecting the disciplines of art and architecture, as well as raising awareness of culture and diversity in these professions. Our intent is to proliferate an understanding of the importance of culture throughout the profession with the aim of influencing future designers, artists, and creators to produce creative works that speak to various cultures and peoples.
School of Architecture Graduate Government (SAGG)
The Tulane School of Architecture Graduate Government is an organization committed to the strengthening of the graduate student community. Its main purpose is to facilitate a relationship between graduate students, faculty, the administration, the University, alumni, professionals, and the community at large. Additionally, SAGG is equipped to further empower the graduate body and provides the resources needed to reach their greatest creative potential.
The funding of Student Initiated Projects (SIPs) is but one tool SAGG utilizes to meet this goal. Any graduate student can prepare a proposal to improve something at the School of Architecture and present it to the government. One recent example of this is the graduate work publication, "Recto Verso," the publishing of which is funded by SAGG.
Finally, SAGG has a limited but important role in helping put on the Graduate Colloquium. Though there is a separate committee dedicated to the organization and execution of the Colloquium, SAGG is a major partner in funding it. SAGG hosts a social gathering for graduate students and visiting prospective graduates during the Colloquium weekend to help prospective graduates get a better, more personal sense of what attending the Tulane School of Architecture is like.
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
The Tulane chapter American Institute of Architecture Students is an active student organization focused on programs benefiting students in their professional development. AIAS sponsors numerous professional and social programs and events.
Alpha Rho Chi
Alpha Rho Chi is a professional, co-educational fraternity dedicated to the enhancement of the art, profession and understanding of architecture, the built environment and the allied arts. Founded in 1914, it continues to be the only professionally-oriented fraternity dedicated to not only networking, but also to fellowship and mentoring within the field. Represented by the Hadrian Chapter at Tulane, the Chapter offers students valuable opportunities to interact with students from across the nation and around the world. Interested members may rush in the fall and pledge in the spring. Membership is open to all students with passion for the field of architecture.
Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society
Tau Sigma Delta is a national honors society in architecture and allied arts open to fourth and fifth year students. Membership is based on scholarship, leadership, character, and creative ability. The Tulane chapter of Tau Sigma Delta is the continuation of an earlier organization called the Gargoyle Society.
10KHRS Drawing Club
The Ten Thousand Hours Graduate Student and Faculty Drawing Club of the Tulane School of Architecture ambles a one mile radius of uptown New Orleans weekly in search of inspiring drawing spots. Bringing together graduate architecture students and architecture faculty and staff, the group offers a special opportunity for learning in an informal environment. Since its founding by a graduate student and a professor in 2012, Ten Thousand Hours has drawn dozens of locations uptown, exhibited in Richardson Memorial Hall and has been commissioned to provide illustrations. Most importantly, however, graduate students and faculty have come together to draw, finding beauty in their environment, solace in their pencils and camaraderie in their colleagues, each and every week.
Past drawing exploits:
- Audubon Park
- Dinwiddie Hall
- Dixon Annex Dance Studio
- Dixon Hall
- Holy Name of Jesus Chapel
- Live Figure Drawing
- Newcomb College Institute
- Tulane University President residence
The “10,000-Hours Rule”: to truly master any skill, one must practice it for 10,000 hours.
Global Architecture Brigade
Global Architecture Brigades is a chapter of Global Brigades, which is the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Architecture Brigades currently collaborates with rural communities in Honduras to alleviate needs in health and education infrastructure through design and hands-on construction projects. Students participate in an initial design competition for the current project and have the opportunity to travel to Honduras to participate in the construction.