The Catholic University of America


American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The American Institute of Architecture Students is an independent, non-profit and student-run organization that is more than just a club. This grassroots association is a cooperative between thousands of students (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 CUA chapter hosts a number of events each for its members and the school: an educational symposium in the fall and the Job Fair and Beaux Arts Ball in the spring.

Faculty Advisor: Hollee Becker

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers seeks to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

Faculty Advisor: Hyojin Kim 


Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

CUA-CSI is the student affiliate of the DC Metropolitan chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, a group dedicated to the construction sciences. Its members include approximately 17,000 architects, engineers, and manufacturer's representatives. Its goal is to improve the process of creating and sustaining the built environment, partly by facilitating communication among all those involved in the process. Student chapter activities include lunch seminars with product representatives (the "Lunchtime in the Locraft" series), monthly dinners with guest speakers and members of the DC Metro chapter, a mentoring program, and tours of construction sites and construction product factories. See the student chapter website (link above) for full calendar and contact information.

Faculty Advisor: Barry Yatt

National Institute of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

The CUA student chapter is part of a national student organization under NOMA, the National Association of Minority Architects. The 2008-09 academic year is its first. All minority students are welcome.

Faculty Advisor: Hazel Edwards

Global Architecture Brigades

Global Architecture Brigades (GAB) is a network of architecture volunteers who design and construct socially responsible and sustainable architecture solutions in developing nations. A think tank design approach that utilizes extensive community dialogue and independent research to create efficient, appropriate, and elegant structures to be embraced and utilized by those for whom they were built. Get additional information on the CUA_GAB chapter and their work in Panama here. >

Faculty Advisor: David Shove-Brown